Na resigned from the PGA Tour on Saturday relatively than face potential self-discipline and/or authorized motion for enjoying in LIV occasionsGetty Pictures
LIV Golf Investments CEO Greg Norman stated he was “stunned” to see Kevin Na’s choice over the weekend to resign from the PGA Tour, in line with SKY SPORTS. Norman stated, “The gamers do not must resign from the Tour. That was Kevin’s choice for no matter cause he needed to make it.” He added, “I respect the person for making a daring choice. I respect the individual for wanting to return on board with us, as a result of he is aware of he has an excellent alternative with LIV. I will applaud him for it, however he did not must, from our behalf, as a result of LIV could be there (for him). Like I’ve all the time stated, we’ll again up the gamers” (SKYSPORTS.com, 6/6). ESPN.com’s Mark Schlabach famous Na resigned on Saturday relatively than “face potential self-discipline and/or authorized motion.” Na, who’s ranked thirty third on this planet, “introduced his resignation” on social media saying he “needed the ‘freedom to play wherever I need and exercising my proper as a free agent offers me that chance.’” Na was one among 13 PGA Tour gamers “listed as being included within the area for the primary LIV Golf occasion,” which begins Thursday on the Centurion Membership in London (ESPN.com, 6/4).
TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING: GOLFWEEK’s Steve DiMeglio wrote the upstart league headed by CEO Greg Norman was “an excessive amount of to go up” for Na. He stated, “I’m doing this not as a result of I don’t love the PGA Tour, however there was a chance for being a free agent and taking part in wherever I wish to play, to have that flexibility. Hopefully, there shall be a chance sooner or later to play the PGA Tour once more and I’d like to. … But when I didn’t resign, this might find yourself the place you already know it’s going to find yourself. And I don’t wish to be in a authorized battle with the Tour, the place I labored for the previous 19 years.” He added, “I’ve three youngsters, and I wish to be house extra” (GOLFWEEK.com, 6/4).
PLAYERS SPEAK OUT: Gamers at The Memorial spoke on Na’s choice. Among the many reactions:
- Rory McIlroy: “I suppose perhaps he’s defending himself down the street. Perhaps some authorized challenge. … I get it for Kevin. He’s by no means been … he’s certified for the Open Championship a couple of instances and never gone over. He likes to do what he likes to do.”
- Aaron Clever: “It’s a disgrace that guys really feel they must be on one aspect or the opposite. I really feel just like the tour has pushed that in a tough means, that you just’re choosing one aspect or the opposite.”
- Joel Dahmen: “I’d assume the tour has been fairly good to him over 19-20 years in his profession. I don’t perceive the way you resign. That’s a daring assertion. What if the LIV folds in a yr?” (GOLFDIGEST.com, 6/4).
SOCIAL REAX: Golf Digest’s Dan Rapaport: “Phrase on the road is Kevin Na will maintain his PGA Tour pension regardless of leaving for LIV. By “resigning” he takes away the potential of punishment; principally a retirement from the tour, so regular that he’s nonetheless entitled to his post-career advantages. Strategic choice.” Golfweek’s Eamon Lynch: “Different LIV gamers will, like Kevin Na, most likely resign their PGA Tour memberships, which implies they will’t be suspended however would simply lose their standing. That in flip removes the almost certainly foundation on which the USGA might need prevented them taking part in the U.S. Open this month.” Golfweek’s David Dusek: “Each endorsement deal is totally different and I’m no lawyer, however Na could not have fulfilled his @CallawayGolf deal for 2022. Sometimes, until a participant is injured, golfers must compete in 15 PGA Tour occasions/yr to meet necessities. Na has performed 12 this season.”
WHAT COMES NEXT? Golf Channel’s Wealthy Lerner this morning tweeted that each Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler becoming a member of LIV Golf was “imminent” and that dialog across the league was “consuming the game” (TWITTER.com, 6/6). GOLF.com’s weekly roundtable checked out the way forward for LIV’s combat with the PGA Tour. Senior write Josh Sens famous he doesn’t “anticipate a riveting competitors” at LIV’s first occasion beginning Thursday as a result of “fats purses alone can’t generate that.” Sens: “It’s what comes after that shall be fascinating to look at. How lengthy will suspensions final? Will extra Tour professionals make the leap? When will the primary court docket submitting come?” Sens famous by resigning, Na has “spared the USGA and R&A the awkwardness of getting a man suspended by the Tour within the area for his or her occasions,” however that’s solely “within the brief run.” Sens: “In the long term, my guess is that the governing our bodies will do very similar to many gamers have accomplished: fence-sit and see which means the winds are blowing.” Senior editor Nick Piastowski: “I concern we’re going to be slowed down with court docket proceedings within the coming months.” Assistant editor James Colgan famous this “was the issue all together with the Tour’s all-or-nothing promise: They must again it up.” Both they “backslide and sign to their whole constituency that taking LIV cash isn’t the top of the world — thus giving the brand new league oxygen” (GOLF.com, 6/5).