PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan met with gamers on the FedEx St. Jude Championship on Tuesday night. Rickie Fowler was one in all 25 gamers in attendance as extra surfaced in regards to the timeline of the LIV Golf deal.
Fowler acknowledged that this isn’t the primary time the PGA Tour has handled questionable investments. The PGA Tour has finished enterprise with China, and so they don’t have essentially the most revered status.
“I’ve been fairly open by means of the method of not essentially being in opposition to PIF or Saudi [Arabia] in any method or the place the cash comes from,” Fowler stated. “Nobody is clear or excellent. The Tour has been in enterprise with China for years. Not saying it’s proper to do one thing with PIF or Saudi [Arabia] or not.”
Like Saudi Arabia, China has additionally not had the most effective report on human rights. But, as he identified, the tour had been doing enterprise there for years.
Fowler additionally defined that the assembly was about extra particulars surrounding the deliberate alliance with the DP World Tour and Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding fund, per ESPN. He admitted that Monahan as soon as once more acknowledged how the Tour dealt with the roll-out of the alliance was not dealt with effectively.
Monahan and the PGA Tour Coverage Board administrators negotiated this deal secretly, and the gamers didn’t discover out till it went public on June sixth. Fowler thought it was a “bummer” that this couldn’t have occurred three years in the past when all of this began.
The previous Oklahoma State Cowboy has by no means been one of many gamers that opposed LIV Golf. Rumors surrounded him leaving for the rival Tour the final couple years, however Fowler finally stayed with the PGA Tour.
However like everybody, he has his give attention to the long run.
“If our management finally thinks it’s the best choice to maneuver ahead and probably for the long run, and that may be bought to the gamers,” Fowler stated. “Everyone seems to be on board and sees that or thinks that’s the best choice, nice. We do it collectively.”
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