Jordan Spieth joined Rory McIlroy in admitting that the introduction of LIV Golf has prompted the raft of changes to the PGA Tour framework recently.
McIlroy admitted that LIV Golf had exploited some weaknesses in the PGA Tour after plans were revealed for their designated events to become smaller fields with no cut – just as LIV Golf events are throughout their competition.
Those on the LIV Golf side of the argument have been quick to jump on these changes and label them as a copycat move – with the likes of Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter now looking for some backtracking in the media.
A lack of cut and a closed-off field were two LIV Golf principals that came in for criticism when Greg Norman set up his new Saudi-backed venture, and now LIV supporters are revelling in the fact the PGA Tour are going a similar way.
And although McIlroy insisted the PGA Tour version would still be based on a meritocracy and not having the field closed-off like LIV Golf, Spieth has admitted that the new threat raised by the new golf disruptors has forced through these changes.
“I would be lying if I said that we would have gone through this without LIV,” Spieth said after his first round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. “But at the same time, we haven’t mentioned them in any of our discussions on what we think’s best for the Tour.
“So there was a few things, obviously, like the Player Impact Program, stuff that the Tour was doing to try and make sure they could hold their best assets, or best players, whatever you want to call it, and then from there, it was, all right, everyone in this room’s committed. Let’s figure out what this future product model should look like.
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“Then the Tour’s been all ears. It’s been a player-friendly player-organized situation. So it’s been honestly pretty fun to be a part of. I hope that we can kick it off the right way and don’t have to make too many adjustments to it because that’s the main thing now is trying to get it as close to right the first time as possible.”
Spieth also echoed McIlroy in stating that the PGA Tour changes still place an emphasis on that meritocracy, and players being able to play their way in, or out, of the designated events during the season.
“Some of the veterans in there, guys like Tiger and even Rory, saying, hey, this is a meritocracy, and we need to keep it the way that. Stuff where…
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