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PGA & LIV Merger Senate Hearing, Womens US Open, LIV London, John Deer Classic

This Week In Golf Podcast – Episode 25

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This week we explore the merger situation within the PGA and sheds light on the controlling forces and key players involved. The episode covers various aspects of the merger, the influence of the Saudi Arabian investors, and the implications for the future of the PGA.

Jeremy answers the questioning of who is in control of the merger and the overall situation. It is revealed that the agreement is more of an “Agreement to make an agreement” rather than a full-fledged merger. The process to gain buy-in from all parties involved is discussed, highlighting that not much progress has been made. The announcement of the merger was aimed at shocking the system and preparing players and fans for the upcoming changes. The subsequent hearing is described as a show trial, suggesting a lack of genuine engagement or decision-making.

One major takeaway is the revelation that the Saudi investors hold significant control over the merger. They possess as many votes as they need and have the power to call the shots. It is implied that everyone involved, including other stakeholders, is working together under the Saudi’s lead.

The podcast explores the reasons behind Jay Monahan’s absence, labeling him a “useful idiot.” The host suggests that the players will direct their anger toward Jay and that he won’t be present during congressional discussions. It is indicated that Jay will be used as needed by the Public Investment Fund (PIF), a Saudi entity.

The episode briefly touches on Jimmy Dunn, emphasizing that his actions were motivated by the necessity to survive within the changing landscape.

Congress’s role in the merger is discussed, concluding that they are unable to take effective action. The podcast highlights the perspectives of Rand Paul and Blumenthal, noting that litigation is over and the PGA can essentially do whatever they want. However, it is mentioned that they would still have to compete with LIV, the other entity involved. The podcast also introduces Jimmy Dunn’s statement, who suggests that if no agreement is reached, LIV and PGA would co-exist, but LIV would continue to attract PGA players.

The podcast briefly addresses the absence of Tiger Woods, speculating that he may receive a favorable deal in the future. It is suggested that Tiger and Rory may eventually own teams. Yasir is mentioned, indicating that he would gain membership at Augusta and the Royal and Ancient clubs. Greg Norman’s departure is mentioned, with the explanation that the PGA is better suited to running events, and it is revealed that Norman holds ownership shares in LIV.

The podcast concludes by briefly mentioning the Women’s US Open, where Charlie Hull excelled in the final round, shooting 66, and Allisen Corpuz secured victory with a -9 score. The John Deer Classic is briefly covered, highlighting Sepp Straka’s dominant performance with a 62 on Sunday.

The LIV tournament is summarized, with Cam Smith performing impressively with a score of -15. His prowess as a putter is highlighted, although he missed a crucial putt on the 18th hole, preventing a team playoff. Patrick Reed and Mark Leishman are also mentioned, along with the achievement of four aces by Reed, Dustin Johnson, and Pat Perez. The episode mentions a team playoff, an Airforce fly-by to commence the tournament, and a fireworks display. It is noted that the data suggests the majority of the crowd attending the event is under 35 years old.