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Davis Love III, the 1997 PGA Championship winner who has 21 PGA Tour victories, suggested that one way to solve the LIV Golf problem was to initiate a boycott.
Love told Sports Illustrated on Friday that he was overwhelmed with how LIV Golf was able to attract PGA Tour players and in turn throw things like the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup into disarray. He said he could foresee a strike among PGA Tour players if LIV Golf competitors were allowed to play in the majors.
“Well, here’s the biggest lever, and it’s the wrong lever,” the World Golf Hall of Famer said. “But if a group of veterans and a group of current top players line up with 150 guys on the Tour, and we say, ‘Guess what? We don’t play”, that solves the problem, doesn’t it? If the LIV guys play the US Open, we don’t play. If they sue and they win, well, we’re not playing. You know, there won’t be a US Open. It’s like a baseball strike.
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LIV Golf players have been cleared to compete in the PGA Championship, US Open and The Open Championship despite their indefinite suspension from the PGA Tour. Golfers who have resigned from the PGA Tour would not be permitted to participate in PGA Tour events as a non-member through a sponsor exemption or any other eligibility category either.
The suspensions call into question LIV golfers’ eligibility for the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup, as they would need qualifying points earned at PGA Tour events. Henrik Stenson has gone so far as to resign his Ryder Cup captaincy to join LIV Golf.
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Love said he tried to convince the golfers to jump ship and asked if they were ok with never playing in a Presidents Cup or Ryder Cup again.
“Some of them have it figured out. Some of them think they’re going to court or whatever and they’re going to win, and they’re going to come back,” he said. told Sports Illustrated. “What they don’t seem to understand is that the players make the rules. So we can make the rules tougher rather than loosen them, right?”
The Presidents Cup will take place September 19-25 in Charlotte. Love is the captain of the American team and Trevor Immelman is the captain of the international team.
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The next Ryder Cup will take place in September 2023 in Rome.