PGA Tour star slams both LIV Golf defectors and entitled ‘colleagues’

PGA Tour standout Mackenzie Hughes expressed his bewilderment at the current state of affairs in golf, directing criticism at the LIV Golf rebels and fellow American circuit players. The world No. 66, known for not holding back on addressing the golf civil war, shared his assessment of the sport’s significant division ahead of his participation in the PGA Tour’s season-opener at the Sentry.

While initial indications suggested a potential truce between the PGA Tour, LIV Golf, and the DP World Tour with merger plans last summer, progress toward a binding agreement hit an impasse in the latter part of 2023. The parties agreed to extend the December 31 deadline for a deal into the new year.

In a December tweet, Hughes candidly expressed his concerns about the current direction of men’s professional golf, stating that it is in a disheartening state and not conducive to the sport’s well-being. Despite PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan’s confirmation that the proposed merger was progressing, involving the Strategic Sports Group (SSG) and the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF), individuals like Hughes still feel estranged amidst the seismic changes in golf since the inception of LIV Golf.

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Hughes, a two-time PGA Tour title winner, specifically criticized those opting for the Gulf State circuit, emphasizing that their motivations seemed primarily driven by financial considerations. He expressed disappointment at the focus on money, contrasting it with his approach in 2019, where he did not base his schedule choices solely on purse size.

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