SI.com's Bob Harig joins host Ann Liguori to examine the various questions that arose from the surprising announcement
June 6, 2023, will forever be known as the day the PGA Tour, DP World Tour and the Saudi Public Investment Fund rocked the golf world.
There are and will be plenty of questions to be unpacked. SI.com golf writer Bob Harig joins "Golf Innerview" host Ann Liguori to help make sense of what went down and the impact the deal will have going forward.
[1:00] Overall thoughts on the announcement of the merger
[3:00} On how misleading the merger news was first presented — the deal being between PGA Tour, DP World Tour and the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF), not LIV Golf
[5:00] Who seemingly will be in charge
[5:42] Will the PGA Tour, as we know it, remain intact
[6:06] PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan saying the Tour is in a control position
[6:32] On whether the PGA Tour needs the money?
[8:00] Likelihood of the PGA Tour Policy Board approving the merger and examining Rory McIlroy's comments about it
[10:00] How the new PGA Tour model, with increased prize money, was supposed to be funded and sponsor backlash
[11:16] On what 'was' costly litigation
[13:50] Which side wins
[14:15] Fate of LIV Golf
[15:45] LIV golfers coming back to the Tour
[16:43] How the players who were loyal to PGA Tour may be rewarded and if there is an amicable path back
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