Phil Mickelson, Hudson Swafford among the 10 players who played in the last American Express


Patrick Reed tees off on the second hole of the Stadium Course during the American Express at PGA West in La Quinta on January 21, 2021.

Forget for a moment the arguments about human rights violations in Saudi Arabia. Forget for a moment the idea of ​​guaranteed money in golf, or comparisons of 54 holes without a cut versus 72 holes with a 36-hole cut.

Despite all the pros and cons of the LIV series and whether it should exist and how big of a threat it is to the PGA Tour, there are a few realities that need to be kept in mind. The biggest of those realities is that PGA Tour golfers who played in the first LIV event in London earlier this month have been suspended by the PGA Tour, and golfers who will play their first LIV event in Portland, Oregon, this week they will be too. be suspended

That means those golfers can’t compete in PGA Tour events, for now, leaving tour events without star players like Dustin Johnson or Brooks Koepka who could draw a gallery and sell some tickets.


For now, we know that LIV players have been allowed to play at the US Open and will be allowed to play at the British Open in two weeks. None of those events, the major men’s golf championships, are controlled by the PGA Tour.

But the RBC Canadian Open was played the week of the LIV event in London, and that meant former Canadian Open winner Dustin Johnson was in London instead of Canada. This week, the PGA Tour is at the John Deere Classic, but that might not be a good indicator of how LIV could hurt the PGA Tour. John Deere’s place on the calendar, the week before many players make a two-week trip across the Atlantic Ocean for the Scottish Open and then the British Open, means many big names don’t play in the Deere event. . That could mean a lot of the biggest names in the LIV would probably skip the John Deere anyway.