How The PGA Tour Has Reacted To Saudi-Backed Super Golf League Threat

Robert Roffulo

When news broke that a new mega-money “World Tour” was being set up to rival the dominance of the PGA Tour, most would’ve been forgiven for thinking it would be dead in the water before it ever really took off. After all, that’s what history has told us. It’s what […]

When news broke that a new mega-money “World Tour” was being set up to rival the dominance of the PGA Tour, most would’ve been forgiven for thinking it would be dead in the water before it ever really took off. After all, that’s what history has told us. It’s what happened when Greg Norman proposed a similar idea back in the 1990s.

But in the modern world of Netflix, YouTube and social media, sportsmen and women are now far more likely to become global superstars, meaning player power cannot be underestimated anymore. And with the financial might of Saudi Arabia behind plans for the rumoured Super Golf League (SGL), these are tense times in a sport that stands on the brink of major division.

So, how has the PGA Tour reacted to this challenge? Well, the powers that be certainly aren’t resting on their laurels and have fought at every step to protect the tour’s position in the game, and its prize assets that ultimately hold the key to the kingdom.

How The PGA Tour Has Reacted To Saudi-Backed Super Golf League Threat

Jay Monahan (left) and Keith Pelley (right) formed a “strategic alliance” to stave off the threat of breakaway leagues

(Image credit: Getty Images)

Before the SGL came the PGL (Premier Golf League), a virtually identical F1-style concept that is perhaps only different in that it doesn’t have the same financial power. Back in mid to late 2020, the PGL went to European Tour chief Keith Pelley with what he described as “a very compelling offer to take the Tour to another level but in a different direction”.

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