Things haven’t been going well for the PGA lately.
The LIV Golf International Series has enticed notable players to jump ship in their favor.
And Donald Trump slammed the PGA Tour as the league hemorrhages stars to the startup LIV Golf Series.
Trump is clearly happy that LIV Golf is now competing with the PGA Tour.
On his social media platform Truth Social, he issued the statement, “So INTERESTING to see the PGA Tour finally start to treat its players fairly now that the LIV Tour has opened to such a big BANG. They have finally increased purses to players, substantially, and I am sure will soon be reducing their massive executive salaries in order to make things work. The players are now asking, however, why didn’t they raise the purses long ago? Also, what will happen to the TREMENDOUSLY valuable Tax Exempt Status that the PGA Tour now enjoys?”
It’s obvious Trump feels that the PGA’s move has been a long time coming because the Tour’s executives have been making money hand over fist for many years.
LIV Golf has been criticized for being funded by Saudi money and because of Saudi Arabia’s human rights concerns, gaining billions of dollars from oil and slave labor, and participants have also been criticized.
The PGA Tour has attempted to stop the bleeding by essentially saying it’s “us or them,” but they’ve been left trying to figure out ways of keeping their stars.
Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson, and other big names have all chosen LIV Golf.
But Trump’s beef with the PGA actually isn’t new.
The Tour made a political decision to move the 2022 PGA Championship from a Trump property because of his alleged involvement in the Jan. 6, 2021 riot in Washington, D.C.
At the time of that decision, Trump said in an interview with golf writer Michael Bamberger, “I’ll tell you this. If you took a poll inside the PGA, the 28,000 members of the PGA of America, I’d be 97 percent, I believe. I’d be way up there. And people are really angry at what the PGA did to me by taking that tournament away. And I had nothing to do with January 6th. They’d be very angry at what they did.”
Trump’s properties will be used by LIV Golf, with their season-ending championship happening at his Doral course in Miami in October.
Sports with Balls will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.