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Forget the arguments about human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia for a moment. Forget the idea of ​​guaranteed money back in golf for a moment, or the comparisons of 54 holes without a cut versus 72 holes with a 36 hole cut.

For all the pros and cons of the LIV series and whether it should exist and how much of a threat it poses to the PGA Tour, certain realities must be considered. The greater of these realities is that PGA Tour golfers who played in the first LIV event in London earlier this month were suspended by the PGA Tour, and golfers playing their first LIV event in Portland, Oregon, this week as well. To be suspended.

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This means these golfers cannot participate in PGA Tour events – for now – leaving Tour events without star players such as Dustin Johnson or Brooks Koepka who might be able to draw a gallery and sell a few tickets. .

As of now, we know that LIV players have been cleared to play the US Open and they will be cleared to play the British Open in two weeks. None of these events, major championships in men’s golf, are controlled by the PGA Tour.

But the RBC Canadian Open was held the week of the LIV event in London, and that meant former Canadian Open winner Dustin Johnson was in London rather than Canada. This week the PGA Tour is at the John Deere Classic, but that may not be a good indicator of how the LIV could harm the PGA Tour. John Deere’s place in the calendar, the week before many players set off on a two-week trip across the Atlantic Ocean for the Scottish Open and then the British Open, means many big names are not playing not in the Deere event. That could mean that many of the biggest names in LIV would probably skip the John Deere anyway.

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