The economic advance of the Arab Super League is splitting the world of golf and overshadowing the US Open, the third major of 2022 that began today in Brookline, Massachussetts. Champions divided, between those who have chosen LIV Golf (from Dustin Johnson, former number 1 in the world, to Phil Mickelson, passing through other Major winners such as Sergio Garcia and Bryson DeChambeau) and those who have decided to stay on the PGA Tour (among these the best three in the world, starting with Scottie Scheffler). A battle, even legal, which up to now has not however excluded the big names from key events such as the Majors.
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In fact, from 2023 something could change. “I do not rule out that one day the USGA may choose to ban from the US Open those who have embraced the Arab Super League project.” This is the position expressed by Mike Whan, chief executive of the USGA. At the moment, however, very loyal and “secessionists” of the green are on the pitch side by side. The story continues to cause discussion and interest in the world press, including the New York Times. Which focuses precisely on the four different entities that govern the Majors: the Augusta National (for The Masters), the USGA (US Open), the R&A (The Open) and the PGA of America (PGA Championship). Separate realities that can make autonomous decisions, in contrast with each other.
Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy (number 3 in the world ranking) and Collin Morikawa (seventh in the world), among those who immediately rejected the advances of LIV Golf, strongly criticizing their disturbing actions, in the 122nd edition of the US Open they started strong . At The Country Club (par 70) difficult start for Francesco Molinari (first lap closed in 73, +3 strokes), in difficulty. Not even a jolt for Guido Migliozzi (the second blue in the race, partial for him by 72, +2) who in 2021 closed the competition in fourth place.
And in the United States, even the US Open prize pool of $ 17,500,000 went into the background. Super figure but not for LIV Golf which last week, in its first tournament in London, guaranteed 25,000,000 (of which 5,000,000 for the team competition) for an event that did not even have value for the order of world merit.