Justin Thomas has finally broken his silence by addressing the LIV Golf controversy and he didn’t hold his tongue on the No Laying Up podcast. He’s taking this thing to heart.
“It’s tough. I’m over it,” the world’s no. 5 player said. “And I never thought I would be lying in bed so many nights thinking about this fricking tour and what’s going on and all this stuff. I go back and forth about how involved I should be, how involved I shouldn’t be, what I should say, what I shouldn’t say, what I want to say and what I know I can’t say and back and forth of all these different things. When it first happened and when it came out, guys, they’re going to do what they want to do, and yeah, do I wish they wouldn’t have, but they’re entitled to their own opinion and decision and so be it kind of thing.”
Thomas even goes into the fact that the LIV tour is likely telling their players how to deal with the media (Between us, they aren’t doing a very good job of that).
“I understand that they’re being fed everything on what to say and all this stuff, but it’s just, for them to say that is all for the betterment of the game and for them — I just, to be perfectly honest, I just wish one of them would have the balls to say I’m doing this for the money. Like, I personally would gain a lot more respect for that. But it’s just the more the players keep talking and saying that this is for the betterment of the game, the more agitated and irritated I get about it,” he said.
“Because I can’t imagine for someone like me, who’s only on his seventh or eighth year on Tour and how important the Tour is to me, versus look at someone like a Rory McIlroy, who I’m sure had other opportunities to do something like this. You look at Tiger, who’s had god knows how many opportunities and things to do something like this. But their loyalties and everything that they’ve stood for and pushed have been with this Tour.”
The LIV Tour is just now holding its second event, so it’s a fresh issue that’ll be touchy for a while.
"If any of those guys that left to go play the other tour sue the Tour, they’re suing me, they’re suing Rory, they’re suing Tiger, they’re suing every single one of us." https://t.co/biixnKxNqL
— GOLF.com (@GOLF_com) July 2, 2022
We have to agree with Justin Thomas here. He didn’t come out and say the players leaving for the LIV Tour were sell outs — he’s pointing out the obvious: The players participating outside of the PGA Tour are there for financial purposes. Not only is are those guys making more money, they’re playing less and the decision has nothing to do with bettering the PGA Tour.
Who wouldn’t want to make more money for doing less work? It makes sense why men in their early 40’s would see the benefit of spending less time away from their families while raking in more cash. We’d do the same thing in our own professions, but it’s coming down to morals of taking money from Saudi Arabia. Most don’t really care where the money comes from as we pump our gas straight from countries that disrespect women without blinking an eye. But Justin Thomas makes a great point that the players would be much better off admitting it’s about money. Of course these guys don’t want to speak up because it makes it seem like they can buy their loyalty, yet we’re all this way, for the most part.
It’s also got to be frustrating to be forced to answer questions about players making a decision you steered clear of. They should let Justin Thomas and the rest of these PGA players alone — it’s not their problem.