Lee Westwood says new-look PGA Tour only a ‘copy’ of LIV Golf, factors finger at ‘hypocrites’

ATLANTA — Former world No. 1 Lee Westwood mentioned he solely might chuckle on the sweeping adjustments the PGA Tour introduced Wednesday in response to the rising menace of LIV Golf.

Westwood, who was among the many first PGA Tour members to defect to the Saudi Arabian-financed LIV Golf Invitational Sequence, mentioned his former tour is borrowing quite a lot of concepts from his new one.

“I chuckle at what the PGA Tour gamers have give you,” Westwood informed Golf Digest in an interview revealed Thursday. “It is only a copy of what LIV is doing. There are quite a lot of hypocrites on the market. All of them say LIV will not be aggressive. All of them level on the no-cut side of LIV and the quick fields.”

On Wednesday, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan introduced that the PGA Tour’s prime gamers had dedicated to compete in a minimum of 20 tournaments, together with 13 elevated occasions that may have common purses of $20 million.

In contrast to LIV Golf occasions, most PGA Tour tournaments are 72 holes and have 36-hole cuts. LIV Golf occasions are 54 holes with no cuts.

“Now, funnily sufficient, they’re proposing 20 occasions that look rather a lot like LIV,” Westwood mentioned. “Hopefully, sooner or later they are going to all choke on their phrases. And hopefully, they are going to be held to account as we had been within the early days.”

Monahan has suspended greater than two dozen PGA Tour gamers, together with previous main champions Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed, for competing in LIV tournaments with out conflicting-event releases from the PGA Tour.

Westwood, who in 2010 grew to become the primary British golfer since Nick Faldo to carry the No. 1 place within the Official World Golf Rating, additionally criticized the PGA Tour for the way it has handled the DP World Tour, through which he was additionally a member. The PGA Tour and DP World have a strategic alliance; the DP World Tour additionally suspended and fined its members for taking part in in LIV Golf occasions.

“I am not satisfied by the strategic alliance as a result of I’ve seen how the PGA Tour has behaved through the years,” Westwood mentioned. “There’s not a lot ‘give.’ They’ve all the time been bullies and now they’re getting their comeuppance. All of the PGA Tour has completed since Tiger [Woods] got here on tour is up the prize purses. In flip, that has taken all one of the best gamers from Europe away from the European Tour. They’ve needed to play within the States, taking all their world rating factors with them. That was their technique: ‘Put up the cash. Get all of the gamers. Hog all of the world rating factors.’ Which turns into self-perpetuating. What now we have seen over the previous couple of months is simply LIV doing what the PGA Tour has completed for the final 25 years.”