Open champ agrees with Rory McIlroy, also wants Greg Norman OUT of LIV Golf

LIV Golf: Gary Player on older players cashing in? “I think it’s LOVELY!”

Golf Saudi ambassador Gary Player has issued a renewed call for peace between LIV and the PGA Tour after saying he thinks it’s “lovely” some players are getting the opportunity to cash in when “most of them can’t play anymore”.

Player was speaking at IOL Sport at the Gary and Vivienne Player Invitational last weekend at Lost City Golf Course in Sun City, South Africa.

The nine-time major champion has always been outspoken since LIV Golf came to the fold and upset the status quo.

Player has always maintained the position that he doesn’t begrudge players jumping ship.

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Though he did heavily criticize LIV Golf’s $150m marquee signing Cameron Smith in August, asking: “Now what kind of future does he have?”

LIV Golf have signed the likes of Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka and Sergio Garcia.

Their inaugural $255m season came to a close in October at Trump National Doral with a $50m prize purse event, which was won by the aforementioned Johnson’s 4 Aces GC side.

It’s clear that more defects are expected to follow. One name touted, Xander Schauffele, approached the topic of his future after reports emerged he and Patrick Cantlay had already signed on the dotted line.

Rory McIlroy has called on LIV’s commissioner – Greg Norman – to resign.

Player said he thinks there just needs to be “respect across the board”.

He told IOL:

“In regards to LIV golf, I have no objection with people going and playing the LIV Tour.

“I think it’s lovely to give people the opportunity to make some money when they can’t play anymore – most of them. They’re going out there with a new lease of life.

“But what I don’t like is the war that is happening between LIV and the PGA [Tour]. Golf is too good.”

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He added:

“Golf gave us our dream to start the tour and play. We should have respect across the board. We have to have respect for each other and go on with our lives. But if you play the LIV Tour, don’t expect to play and have all the facilities of the regular [PGA] round. They’re two different tours.

“I just hope that everything works out well and everybody is happy. ‘Cos I like the song, ‘Be happy man, don’t make a trouble, you make a double.'”

LIV Golf will play 14 events globally in 2023. The total prize purse of the LIV Golf League will be $405m.

At the time of writing, LIV are yet to strike a much-needed TV deal.

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