Controversial tour’s first year is over with big names like Dustin Johnson and Cameron Smith now on board – but doubts still remain
The coaxing of big name players. The rationale behind this is hardly complicated – the deep pockets of Saudi Arabia’s public investment fund matter rather a lot – but nobody believed even 18 months ago that Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed and Phil Mickelson could ever perform on a domain beyond the PGA Tour. Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Sergio García and Henrik Stenson have almost certainly walked away from any future Ryder Cup involvement. Cameron Smith is the Open champion and a LIV convert. The balance of talent still sits in favour of the PGA Tour but LIV’s strength is such that there is a genuine split between where so many of the world’s most recognisable golfers perform.
Written by Ewan Murray
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/oct/31/key-questions-from-liv-golf-tout-debut-season under the title “Blueprint for success or destined to fail? Key questions from LIV’s debut season | Ewan Murray”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.