Scotty Scheffler picked the best time to begin successful PGA Tour titles and climb to primary on the earth.
With a profitable new long-term TV deal for the PGA Tour that kicked off and soared this 12 months, he set a brand new report for one season with $1,289,849 in prize cash in 19 begins. There are nonetheless 10 weeks left within the 2021-22 season for the tour. Good job if you may get it.
“I never dreamed of playing for that much money,” Scheffler stated. “I don’t know how much money I made this year, but it’s definitely more than I deserve to hit a little white golf ball around.”
These phrases have been a direct response to Schaeffler’s query if there was any sum of money that will change his thoughts about staying on the tour. “I don’t think so,” Scheffler stated. “I think if there is a place, you can find it now.”
Schaeffler laughed at a joke of his personal — not all the way in which to the financial institution as Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and most lately Brooks Koepka, who formally joined LIV Golf on Wednesday.
Scheffler continued, “I grew up wanting to be on the PGA Tour. I grew up dreaming of playing in these events. I didn’t grow up playing the Centurion Club in London or whatever or wherever – I grew up wanting to play for the Masters. I’d like to play in Austin. I grew up wanting to play Colonel, Byron Nelson. I wouldn’t exchange those memories for anything at this moment. Those memories, to me, are priceless. I would never risk going and missing out on the chance to come back to Augusta every year or so. Do any of them. There is nothing I want to do now that would risk having any kind of effect on the way I live right now.”
For Schaeffler and other superstars like Rory McIlroy, John Ram and Justin Thomas, the decision to stay loyal to the tour is a black and white one. For others, like Koepka, it’s not necessarily a shade of gray but green. Schaeffler, who shares the same management team with Koepka, admitted he was surprised to see Koepka jump ship.
“I used to be at an occasion with him final week and that actually wasn’t what he had in thoughts,” Scheffler said. “We have been centered on constructing the PGA Tour and getting the blokes staying right here collectively and type of simply having conversations and seeing how we may also help capitalize on the Tour. So seeing Brooks depart was positively a shock to us.”
It got to the point where the heavy reaction to Justin Thomas’ withdrawal from the Travelers Championship on Wednesday morning was that he should join LIV as well. So sad that Thomas felt he had to explain his legitimate injury on social media before “rumours unfold”.
Money talks. But in the case of the Mickelson, Johnson and Koepka family, the rich are getting richer. There are no hard times in the tour. Already this season, the top 25 people on the money list has crossed $3 million and there are 94 millionaires extending to Peter Malnate. (Poor Ricky Fowler, considering his slack, would think he might need a loan from sponsor Rocket Mortgage still has $98,1404.)
At this point, it’s clear that players who are into it strictly for money, worried about injuries, know it’s been washed out, or would rather sit at home counting their money (family time, they call it) will continue to sell out of LIV Golf no matter what. If 9/11 families are writing letters of protest or their fans are let down by taking their blood money. The PGA Tour commissioner said the same during his press conference on Wednesday.
He said, “I am not naive.” “If this is an arms race and if the only weapons here are dollar bills, the PGA Tour cannot compete. The PGA Tour, an American institution, cannot compete with foreign ownership spending billions of dollars trying to buy golf.”
Mickelson, Johnson and DiCamboe reportedly got more money from Saudi Arabia’s sovereign fund (Public Investment Fund, a vehicle that controls $500 billion in assets) to join LIV than it cost them to buy Newcastle United, a Premier League football club. The money LIV spends on golfers is outrageous and the top 10 players haven’t been sold yet.
Monahan’s response to the arms race? Throw money at the problem. He announced that the tour would raise six current events to $20 million, the Champions Tournament to $15 million and the Players Championship to $25 million as well as create a new three-event international series in the fall. It’s an increase – ironic alert – of $54 million.
Other than his association with media rights, Mickelson might have stayed put if it had been made public a year earlier. It’s a big part of what he was trying to use his influence from a potential rival circle to get him before he was expelled from what he called the Saudis a “scary mom” and rips the Komish apart with new ones.
Will Monahan’s revamped season and increased fortunes be enough deterrent to prevent more players from joining LIV, which still has three more players to announce filling its 48-player stadium in Portland next week? Or will the Saudis go all out and dig deeper into their endless pockets?
The tour has never faced a competitor who could spend it too much, but the tour business totally doesn’t hurt, to hear Monahan say it. “We had 20 percent growth from 2021 to 2022,” he said. “We are going to develop quicker within the subsequent 10 years than we’ve got at any time in our historical past.”
When Monahan was asked if PGA Tour pros were underpaid, he struggled to issue an answer — as if he really wanted to say, “Seriously? Less pay… more like overpaying — before I delve into the script, saying, ‘I want to make all the A player on the PGA Tour makes more money, and that’s what I’m going to continue to focus on, and I’m going to do it, I’m going to do it the way we’ve always done and there’s more on that front.”
What a time to be an elite skilled golfer – or his agent.