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Lee Westwood has never been one to mince words, and the LIV golfer is now taking aim at Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and the rest of the PGA Tour.
The two superstar golfers have been at the forefront of the PGA’s latest attempt to combat Greg Norman’s rival LIV Golf league.
Last week, Woods held a players-only meeting to rally the troops, and PGA Commissioner Jay Monahan unveiled sweeping changes to The Tour on Wednesday, including several mega events starting with $20 million purses.
Sound familiar? It does to Westwood!
“I laugh at what the PGA Tour players have come up with,” he told Eurosport. “It’s just a copy of what LIV is doing. There are a lot of hypocrites out there. They all say LIV is ‘not competitive.’ They all point at the no-cut aspect of LIV and the ‘short fields.’
“Now, funnily enough, they are proposing 20 events that look a lot like LIV.”
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Other changes to the PGA going forward include doubling the money awarded from the Player Impact Program (PIP) from $10 to $20 million, a travel stipend and an ‘earnings assurance program’ that will pay a guaranteed ‘league minimum of $500,000 per player.
Westwood was one of the several original defectors to LIV Golf in the spring, saying his age played a big role. The 49-year-old eventually resigned his membership from the PGA, citing schedule conflicts.
“I am going to play in the (BMW) PGA Championship at Wentworth next month, which will be my fourth DP World Tour start of the year,” he added. “I do want to retain my membership there.”
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While many point to the Tour’s recent changes as an admission that LIV Golf has been in the right all along, Westwood – a two-time Tour winner – doesn’t easily forget.
“Hopefully, at some point they will all choke on their words. And hopefully, they will be held to account as we were in the early days,” he said.