LIV-PGA Merger: Proponents Claim It’s for the Benefit of Fans, Critics Call It Blood-Money Sellout

Bryson DeChambeau, one of the PGA defectors who took the Saudi blood money to join LIV, thinks the impending merger of the two organizations is what golf fans are clamoring for.

“I think the deal is going to come quicker than you think,” DeChambeau said during media availability for the upcoming LIV tournament in Las Vegas. “It might not be the next couple of weeks. Maybe a month or so. But it’s going to happen. There’s no way around it now. This is about the good of the game for the fans. The health of the game for the fans. As time goes on, we’re starting to see these fans are hungry for us all to come back together. I can’t wait for that day to happen.”

Back in June, the PGA announced a merger with LIV and the DP World Tour to create a larger commercial enterprise. After once denouncing a league funded by a company with ties to human rights violations (to put it lightly), the Tour decided that it was in its best interest to unify, potentially to save itself.

At that time, DeChambeau suggested that America and Saudi Arabia should come together 22 years after 9/11 to “mend the world and make it a better place.”

Agreements and negotiations have been pushed off and extended for quite some time. Most recently on New Year’s Eve, where PGA commissioner Jay Monahan said they were asking for an extension of the merger deadline to firm up with Strategic Sports Group, one the possible investors of the for-profit league.

The LIV Tour season starts on Feb. 2 in Mexico, while this weekend in the PGA is 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.