LIV Golf’s ‘sportswashing’ experiment begins today – how we got here and what happens next
Money. Questions about personal integrity. A rebel golf organization challenging the establishment. A political story masquerading as sports fodder.
The fascinating golf wars have begun with Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson the highest-profile names to defect from the PGA Tour. Along with at least 14 more Tour players, they have followed the money from Saudi Arabia while holding their noses.
Sure, they might cite the tweaked rules – smaller fields, no cuts, a team-based element to the competition, three days of 54 holes rather than four days of 72 – but we know what is motivating the golfers. They see guaranteed paydays, and big ones.