Successful bet?

A few weeks after the creation of the LIV Golf, it seems clear that it has grabbed the headlines of the world of golf, without for the time being entering into the debate about the positive or negative externalities resulting from the creation of this new competition. One aspect is clear and distinct: the Saudis’ access to a sport as polished as golf seems paradoxically crowned with sporting success as fast as it is divisive.

Focus on the latest developments in the new World Golf League, the consequences for the PGA Tour and the track for the rest of the action for the entire Little White Ball Plateau.

Leaf golf, any sports success?

It was born from an observation made by many professional golfers in recent years, that of many tournaments and the very high pace of reconciling professional sport with business life and family life. LIV Golf has provided a great opportunity for many star golfers to be able to continue competing in their favorite sport in a shorter time while earning more than the prize money previously published by the PGA Tour.

On a sporting level, it must be admitted that the arrival of LIV Golf is a real success for the Saudis who have managed to attract Dustin Johnson in particular but also many stars such as Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson and Bryson Deschamps.

The line-up displayed at each event makes the competition fresh for golf enthusiasts even if that enthusiasm is dampened by the fact that golf’s traditions are often denied and that innovation has shaken up the historical world order of competitions. However, it must be admitted that the success of the Saudis is a complete success on a sporting level, as it attracted many famous players who allowed them to fill their stands but also, due to the number of players present, to “force” the spectators to follow. These new events continue to see their champions on the golf course.

LONG TERM COMMITMENT

It is symbolized by the newcomers of many famous American golf journalists and in particular Arlo White. LIV Golf is part of the long-term landscape of world golf competitions. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the decision-making teams at LIV Golf have done everything in their power to make the competition enjoyable for all and expand the golf audience on US soil. By having the idea of ​​creating teams of players, she has enhanced the team aspect of a previously very individual sport. Some will go on to say that the game is distorted in competition, but on an economic level as far as the attractiveness of the competition, we must admit that the bet is successful, if we ignore the traditions of this sport if it is historical.

However, there is a shadow in the picture of this very positive assessment of LIV Golf’s access to the world golf landscape. The break with tradition was completed and many spectators chose not to turn to LIV Golf and continue to join the PGA Tour. So the question is the ability of LIV Golf to persuade this audience to join the people who have decided to pursue both the circuit and this new competition, thus creating a two-speed circuit among the competition of LIV Golf, geared towards the highly oriented business of star players and the smaller sporting ambitions that have always coexisted with the PGA Tour. Higher in terms of level playing and making room for younger players, in relation to the modern golf tradition.

After that, only the major tournaments and in particular the Master of Augusta, so well known to golfers and non-goers, will remain, which will then allow the two tournaments to synchronize only a few times per season. One thing is for sure, there are two losers from LIV Golf’s arrival in world golf, the PGA Tour in the first place but also traditions partly rejected with the arrival of this new competition that brutally shakes up the ancestral habits of the sport.


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