For Sale

PGA Commissioner Jay Monahan during the Charles Schwab Challenge on June 11, 2020, in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

I’m glad that I’ve always hated golf. It makes hating golf today easier.

The only times I can recall watching with interest were in 1997, when that kid everyone was talking about tore up the Masters, and in 2019, when that old man everyone was talking about closed out the Masters. I had no skin in the game when the big news broke on Tuesday.

If I’m this disgusted by the new “partnership” between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf, what must avid fans of the sport be feeling?

LIV is a project of Saudi Arabia’s rulers created in 2021 to compete with the PGA. The Saudis typically advance their interests in one of two ways—by murdering people or by raining unspeakable amounts of cash on them. Fortunately for America’s professional golfers, LIV chose the latter. Backed by funding from the Saudi sovereign wealth fund (value: $620 billion and counting), the new league hired golf legend Greg Norman to serve as its commissioner and lured away superstars Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka, and Bryson DeChambeau, among dozens of others, to play its tour.

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