With players like Dustin Johnson, Cameron Smith and Bryson DeChambeau notable for their absence from the Presidents Cup, LIV Golf pros ineligible to play was a hot topic among event attendees, just as the topic was a dominant part of the pre-tournament press conferences since the spring.
World No. 1 ranked golfer Scottie Scheffler was asked about LIV’s attempts to enter the Official World Golf Rankings and gave a fair answer.
“I play golf on the PGA Tour. Honestly, I don’t have much to say. I don’t know the ins and outs of how the system works, if these golf tournaments are deemed eligible – if 54-hole events count, 48 guys.
About 50 LIV golfers wrote to the committee to decide whether LIV events would get ranking points earlier this week. Staying on the leaderboard will help them qualify for major tournaments and make their case to play in other big events.
While the war of words isn’t slowing down, the topic of the rivalry continuing has come up. Would a PGA Tour vs. LIV Golf team event like the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup be something the pros would be interested in?
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Scheffler and Billy Horschel both said, unequivocally, no.
“I think the PGA Tour has a bit more talent than their tour. I don’t have much to say.
“I wouldn’t mind playing it, but at the same time you have to look at things – what would the PGA Tour benefit from? Nothing. If we win, we’re supposed to win. If we lose, that is looking bad on the PGA Tour, so it’s really a lose-lose for the PGA Tour in this situation, and LIV has everything to gain from it.
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