CHARLOTTE, NC – Did you really think we’d get a free week of golf at the 2022 Presidents Cup without discussing the gap between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf?
While most of Quail Hollow Club’s focus this week has been on the stacked US roster and the international team’s quest for a first-ever win on US soil, the absence of players like Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Cameron Smith and Joaquin Niemann has been felt and discussed.
But what if there was a crossover between the two professional tours? Many of the 24 players who took part this week were asked if there was a PGA Tour vs. LIV Golf team event would you play?
Here’s what they had to say.
“There was a conversation, I don’t know when it was, and it was discussed. Yes, I wouldn’t mind playing in it, but at the same time you have to look at things – what would the PGA Tour benefit from that? Nothing. If we win, we must win. If we lose it will look bad on the PGA Tour.”
“So it’s really a lose-lose for the PGA Tour in that situation, and LIV has everything to gain.”
“But as a player, we’re all competitive, and I have great relationships with a lot of those guys and I’d love to compete with them. I was looking forward to playing the Presidents Cup and maybe playing a pairing against Cam Smith, a very good friend of mine if somehow there was a little LIV-PGA Tour competition I would love that I would love to play against Cam Smith or one of my good friends Ian Poulter or something like that .”
“Like I said, I’m not the one making that decision. There is more to such a decision. I wouldn’t blame the PGA Tour or anyone saying it won’t benefit us in the future. I see that side of it and I’m fine with that.”
Team USA golfer Billy Horschel sets his putt on the 14th green during a practice day for the Presidents Cup golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club. (Photo: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports)
“No. To be honest, a lot of those guys are gone and they’ve made the decision, and I really haven’t thought about them, and there are some of the guys that I absolutely miss having around. But it’s a – I think it’s like everything in life, there’s a cycle, golf has a long life, guys stay for a long time, and there’s just a cycle of new guys coming in, old guys coming out It’s a repeating cycle, but it’s never something I’ve really thought about because I’ve got a million other things to worry about, and my wedding.”
Team USA golfer Collin Morikawa hits his chip shot on the second green during a practice day for the Presidents Cup golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club. (Photo: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports)
“Yes. Because I love the PGA Tour, and if they asked me to be on that team, I would be there.”
Team USA golfer Sam Burns plays his shot from the 15th tee during a practice day for the Presidents Cup golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club. (Photo: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports)
“No, I don’t think the PGA Tour will do that. There is no reason why. All the guys who went there went there. They went beyond the PGA Tour. We support the PGA Tour. We don’t really care what they do. So I don’t think I’m going to do that.”
International Team golfer Christiaan Bezuidenhout signs autographs on the third tee during a practice day for the Presidents Cup golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club. (Photo: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports)
“I don’t even know what that would look like. I’m all for competition. Logistically, it sounds like a nightmare just considering what happened, in terms of who would be leading the event or everyone who gathered behind the scenes. I think it would probably be less of an issue with the people actually competing with each other rather than getting the structure in place. ”
“But competition is good for viewers, and it’s good for golf. Personally, I don’t even know how to answer that question.”
‘It’s easy to say one or the other, you know what I mean? If it’s in a sick venue and really well organized and looks something like this, that’s what we’re all playing for. Obviously with what happened to the two sides and being on this side of the fence or that side of the fence, it’s a bit hypothetical. ”
Team USA golfer Xander Schauffele addresses the media during a press conference during a practice day for the Presidents Cup golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club. (Photo: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)
“It’s a big hypothetical. I am not sure. Yes, I have no idea. I don’t know if we’ll see that in the future.”
Team USA golfer Scottie Scheffler addresses the media during a press conference during a practice day for the 2022 Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)
“I haven’t really thought about it. Yes, I’m not sure.
“I know there are some guys out there who have had great success in professional golf, but I’m thrilled to be a part of the PGA Tour and more importantly, I’m excited to be representing the international team this week.”
International Team golfer Corey Conners stands on the 14th hole during a practice day for the Presidents Cup golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club. (Photo: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports)
“I can’t decide something like that, because there’s nothing specific about it.”
International Team golfer Hideki Matsuyama hits his tee shot on the sixth hole during a practice day for the Presidents Cup golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club. (Photo: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports)
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