Professional golf is facing one of its most turbulent times, as the PGA Tour and LIV Golf collide in the Saudi Arabia-backed league in a battle that could shape the future of the sport. A number of high-profile, high-rated PGA Tour players have jumped to join LIV Golf, but how will the off-track drama affect the upcoming PGA Tour 2K23 and EA Sports PGA Tour?
All this is not yet clear, but 2K Sports has now released a statement about the drama. Hours after 2K released a list of playable pros for their PGA Tour 2K23 show, the company told GameSpot that if a golfer on the PGA Tour 2K23 roster leaves the PGA Tour for LIV Golf, that player I will not do They can be removed from the PGA 2K23 Tour.
“As the title of the game suggests, this game is made in partnership with the PGA Tour. Over the course of the franchise, we have directly engaged with selected PGA Tour players to co-play,” the spokesperson said. “Given the changing landscape of professional golf and game development timelines, there will be players who have been active on the PGA Tour and who will remain in the game.”
PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan has banned LIV Golf players from the PGA Tour and even removed coveted parking spaces.
The list of playable golfers on the PGA Tour 2K23 includes 12 names so far, including Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Will Zalatoris, Tony Finau, Rickie Fowler and Xander Schauffele, as well as LPGA’s Lexi Thompson, Lydia Ko and Brooke Henderson. . LIV Golf only has male players, and none of the names announced for the PGA Tour 2K23 tournament have yet joined the rival league. Some of the women on the LPGA Tour, including Lexi Thompson, have played in the Aramco events, which are funded by Saudi Arabia.
PGA Tour 2K23 Playable Pro List
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- Justin Thomas
- Lexi Thompson
- Lydia Koo
- Brooke Henderson
- Will Zlatoris
- Colin Morikawa
- Tony Vino
- John Ram
- Ricky Fowler
- Justin Rose
- Xander Schuyle
LIV Golf has been audited by its funding source, the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia (PIF). Observers also pointed to the kingdom’s human rights history.
In 2018, American journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who has criticized the Saudi government, entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and never came out. The CIA later concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had ordered Khashoggi’s murder.
LIV Golf has attracted famous, highly-rated and major award-winning golfers such as Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia and Brooks Koepka with big signing bonuses and more lucrative championship bags than the PGA Tour, as well as a smaller schedule and new tournament formats. In terms of payments, Mickelson reportedly received $200 million to join LIV. Title holder Cameron Smith is among the latest additions to the LIV Golf roster.
2K Sports said it will announce additional gamers at a later date for the PGA Tour 2K23, and it is likely that the company will intentionally withhold some announcements to wait and see if those players leave the PGA Tour for LIV Golf. Another possibility is that the launch roster already includes some PGA Tour golfers who have switched to LIV, and 2K hasn’t announced them yet to avoid a PR issue. This is all speculation, but we’ll find out soon enough that the October release date of the PGA Tour 2K23 is very close.
The initial PGA Tour 2K23 roster consists of players who have strongly criticized LIV Golf, such as Woods, who said he was disappointed with PGA Tour players joining the new league. LIV Golf Commissioner Greg Norman offered Woods $700-800 million to join LIV Golf, but said no.
Although 2K issued a statement in response to LIV Golf, the same could not be said of EA Sports prior to the company’s release of the EA Sports PGA Tour in 2023. In July, an EA spokesperson said the company had no comment at the time, and The company repeated that day when contacted for comment.
The Saudi Public Investment Fund has also invested in companies such as Disney, Meta, Starbucks, Tesla, Uber, IBM, Boeing, Marriott, and others. Recently, PIF bought 5% of Nintendo and invested $1 billion in Embracer, the company that owns the Borderlands studio Gearbox and now owns the rights to The Lord of the Rings. PIF also contains pieces from EA, Activision Blizzard, Take-Two, Capcom, and SNK.
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