Mike Tirico explains how LIV’s growth might actually help the PGA Tour

From Monday night football to The Open Championship, Mike Tirico can do it all.

“If you’ve ever turned on a television in your life’s story, you know this man who comes here today,” said GOLF’s Subpar co-host Drew Stoltz.

Tirico has made the sport more entertaining for the past 35 years, bringing his boundless energy to every major event covered by ESPN and NBC. In doing so, he didn’t just research names, numbers and statistics – he was aware of large-scale structural changes in other sports, changes like the one we are seeing in golf today.

As a play-by-play broadcaster, it’s rarely Tirico’s job to give his opinion, but that doesn’t mean he’s devoid of it. Especially not on the subject of LIV Golf, and how the upstart league will affect the PGA Tour going forward.

“I think it’s going to force the PGA Tour to be better,” he said.

Politics aside, says Tirico, LIV Golf is simply a study of market forces. Now that there is a competing circuit, the PGA Tour will have to adapt. If they make the right adjustments, the outcome will be better for everyone.

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This, Tirico explained to co-hosts Drew Stoltz and Colt Knost, is the competitor effect: “It makes us better because you know people are going to catch you.”

Champagne sprays, festival-style entertainment and a very outspoken curator, LIV Golf couldn’t be more different from the Tour. The PGA Tour has already made significant purse increases to compete, but should it make any further adjustments?

“The competition is good,” Tirico said. “The checks and balances are really good.”

But for Commissioner Jay Monahan and the Tour management team, strategic questions remain. How much change is good? To what extent is the Tour losing its identity?

Whatever changes we will see in the coming months, Tirico sees this as an opportunity for the PGA Tour to grow, reorganize and reshape – not suffer.

For more on the sports reporting and Mike Tirico’s sightings on Tiger Woods, check out Subpar’s full interview below.

Tyler Zimmer

Contributor Golf.com

Tyler is a collegiate golfer from Cornell University who works as a summer intern at GOLF.com. He was editor of The Haverford School’s Index after having been editor of the sports section. Tyler writes tournament content, product reviews, and instructional pieces from his perspective as an active gamer.

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