PGA of America CEO on the ‘messy’ state of pro golf: ‘It’s doing damage to the game’

PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh said he hopes there is an urgency in negotiations between the PGA Tour and PIF.

LOUISVILLE — There isn’t a leader among golf’s most important organizing bodies who has been more bluntly critical of LIV Golf than PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh. Just a week before last year’s PGA Championship at Oak Hill, which featured 16 LIV players and was won by one of his rivals, Brooks Koepka, Waugh questioned the legitimacy of the Saudi-backed tour. . “[PIF] can provide as much money as it wants,” Waugh told The Times of London. “But no matter how much money you have, it doesn’t feel good to burn it at some point. I don’t see them achieving much.

One year later, 16 of his LIV golfers will compete again in the 106th PGA at Valhalla. Seven of them were deemed worthy of special exemptions by the PGA of America. And that’s why Waugh, whose fundamental views on LIV have not changed, sees it as almost an existential necessity for the PGA Tour and the Saudi Public Investment Fund, which manages LIV, to come to an agreement soon. be. How we can work together to improve the health of professional golfers. Although he praises the huge popularity of recreational golf now, Waugh called the professional side of golf “dirty.”

“I hope we can come to an agreement,” he said Wednesday at a pre-PGA tournament press conference at Valhalla. “I think both sides are not only eager to find an agreement, but actually need an agreement. And in my trading history, when both sides need something to happen, it’s usually happen. I don’t know the time. I don’t have inside information that you don’t have. But I hope that over time an agreement can be reached.

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