You Can Be Tiger Woods Or Banned – Love III Says PGA Players ‘Fed Up’ Are Ready For The LIV Fight

Davis Love III told LIV Golf defectors “you can be Tiger Woods or you can be banned from the game” and can foresee a situation where “fed up” players boycott major PGA Tour events to protect their interests.

Golf is embroiled in a war between those who remain loyal to the sport’s flagship tour and those who have opted for the riches of the controversial Saudi-backed LIV Series.

Last week, the third LIV event was held in New Jersey, won by Henrik Stenson after he was stripped of the European Ryder Cup captaincy for his decision to enter.

Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau and Sergio Garcia are among the notable names who also jumped ship, while Tiger Woods reportedly turned down $800 million to stay loyal to the PGA Tour.

Love III, captain of this year’s US Presidents Cup and two-time captain of the Ryder Cup, said earlier this week that players could try to boycott the majors if LIV players continue to play.

He sought to clarify these comments at a press conference and warned LIV players that there should be consequences for their decisions.

He said: “I’ve told players I’ve spoken to who have been or are thinking of going, ‘It’s your decision, you know, and you do what’s right for you, but understand the consequences.

“I tried to sound like my dad and I probably wasn’t very good at it. I didn’t argue. I said, ‘Look, you can do this or you can do this. You can be Tiger Woods or you can be banned from the game, do the your choice, but understanding the consequences, you subscribed to these rules.’

“And I keep using it as a joke, but I’m wearing shorts today, but I can’t wear shorts on Thursday, that’s a rule. I had to commit until last Friday or I can’t play this week. I have to play it.” 15 tournaments or I can’t vote and I don’t get my retirement money You have rules you have to follow.

“Jay [Monahan] been saying this for a year and they got it, some of them got it, some of them said it’s not going to happen, and some of them just lied, i’m not doing this, i’m not doing this.

“And you hear that, the talking points or the interviews, they’re changing their decision because they know they’ve turned their backs on their friends and they know they’re taking the money and they know it’s not the right thing to do.

“But it’s their decision and they can do it, they just can’t go back and play The Players Championship. That’s not fair. I want these guys, this being the only PGA Tour event they play that year, that’s not right.”

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Love III, the winner of the 1997 US PGA Championship, admits he is surprised at the number of players turning their backs on the Tour.

He also hinted at how PGA regulars might respond if LIV players try to take their ambition to play in both tournaments to the court.

“No one saw the LIV extension coming. It’s hard not to be reactionary to something that, when you’re taken by surprise, is being reactionary,” he added.

“I told Jay a year ago, and you can ask him, I said, ‘don’t worry about it, it’s not going to happen’. I was dead wrong. Six months ago I said to my own tournament, ‘Oh no worry about it, it won’t happen. Mickelson will fall, but no one else will jump ship.’

“So I was wrong. I don’t know what will happen from here on out, but I know it’s going to be a fight and the players are more and more united against it.

“Now some guys said they don’t like the new schedule and some guys don’t like the old schedule. I might not like the fall schedule right now, but it will work because I’m okay with whatever the Tour wants to do.

“It’s going to work because I know the team doesn’t work exclusively for Jay, they work for the players and Jay too.

“The whole situation is unfortunate. I didn’t try to single out the US Open as players attacking or threatening not to play. I was saying that if the LIV guys sue and are allowed to play on the PGA Tour, that players are fed up with it, We understand that we make the rules on the PGA Tour and the commissioner is enforcing our rules and we don’t want these guys to play, come and pick our tournaments, that we have all the cards, not Jay or not Seth Waugh or Mike Whan.

“They don’t have all the cards, we have all the cards. If we tell the FTC and Washington, no, we support the rules, we don’t want these guys to play, we don’t care what the courts say, our only option really, the core option is to say, well, fine, if they have to play in our events, we just won’t play in. I think Tour players Max Homas and Rory McIlroys did a good job.

“I think the trend of guys is getting more and more fed up with this, that these guys are threatening our way of life, they’re trying to take money out of our pockets and pick our best tournaments. Make their own decisions. I love what Martin Slumbers said. , I think everyone is heading in the right direction, but PGA Tour players, we support the PGA Tour and we support the rules and we need to stand up for them.”

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