Bryson DeChambeau, known as one of the PGA renegades who has taken the Saudi money to join LIV, believes that the upcoming merger of the two organizations is what golf fans are yearning for.
„I think the deal will come faster than you think,“ said DeChambeau during a media availability for the upcoming LIV tournament in Las Vegas. „It might not be far off in the next few weeks. Maybe a month or so. But it’s happening. There’s no avoiding it now. This is about the welfare of the game for the fans. The health of the game for the fans. Over time, we are realizing that these fans are hungry for us all to come back together. I can’t wait for that day to come.“
Back in June, the PGA announced a merger with LIV and the DP World Tour to create a larger commercial entity. After once criticizing a league funded by a company with connections to human rights violations (to put it lightly), the Tour decided it was in its best interest to unite, possibly to save itself.
„Agreements and negotiations have been extended beyond the long term,“ DeChambeau suggested, until finally on New Year’s Eve, where PGA Commissioner Jay Monahan said they would request an extension of the merger deadline to team up with the Strategic Sports Group, one of the potential investors of the profit-driven league.
The LIV Tour season begins on February 2nd in Mexico, while this weekend the PGA is hosting the Farmers Insurance Open. Last year’s winner was Max Homa.
DeChambeau is one of the many defectors, including Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Cameron Smith, and Brooks Koepka.