US Open: LIV Golf-PGA Tour, a truce during the US

The US Open, which begins Thursday on the Brookline course in Massachusetts, marks the reunion between two clans: the players who played in the first stage of LIV Golf and the others.

On the other, Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson, but also Sergio Garcia and soon Patrick Reed and Bryson Dechambeau, all Major winners, but who were seduced by LIV Golf and therefore gave up the American circuit. In all, there were 17 players on the PGA Tour in London last week, including South African Charl Schwartzel, 126th in the world, who left with a check for 4 million dollars (3.82 million euros). All banned from the PGA Tour until further notice, these players are nevertheless allowed to participate in the third major of the season.

Phil Mickelson assumes

On the sidelines of the tournament, Phil Mickelson confided his happiness to be part of the US Open adventure this week. ” I have worked hard to earn a lifetime membership on the PGA Tour, throughout my 30 plus year professional career. So I think I should be able to choose which path I want, one or the other or both. »

The stakes are clear, on the one hand younger players, who want to exist in the world ranking, on the other experienced players who want to win more, play only three rounds of golf instead of four and not be eliminated. Friday night.

Dustin Johnson reportedly received a $150 million bonus to join LIV Golf, and has not denied the information. If he does not join the European circuit DP World Tour and is not excluded from the four Majors, he will play, including the eight rounds of LIV Golf, only 12 weeks out of 52 this year.

Justin Thomas sad

It’s a fracture, it makes me sadreacted Justin Thomas, winner last month of the USPGA. I slept very badly last week thinking about all that could happen, especially if there are others who leave. I want to keep playing against the best in the world “.

“I want to keep playing against the best in the world »

Same speech from Jon Rahm even if the Spaniard admits having difficulty understanding the approach of his colleagues. “With everything I’ve won, I could retire and lead a very happy life, I play because I love my sport and I want to play against the best players on the planet. »

In the meantime, with world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, winner of the last Masters and McIlroy, freshly won on the PGA Tour and a Frenchman in the field in the person of Victor Perez, this US Open promises to be enticing. Place to play.

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