Masters Legends Sound Off on PGA Tour/LIV War

by | Apr 12, 2024 | Pro News

With few exceptions, the PGA Tour/LIV Golf conflict is on hold—at least publicly—during the Masters this week. But after Sunday’s final round, each side will once again go their separate ways, which means the world’s top players won’t see each other again until the highly anticipated PGA Championship next month at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, KY.

Understand that even before the PGA Tour and LIV Golf League war, it was rare for the world’s best professional golfers to compete in the same event. So, the top players competing against each other is more often than not fiction than fact.

However, that doesn’t mean it’s in the best interests of each side to remain at odds.


Jack Nicklaus

Just ask Jack Nicklaus.

“The best outcome is the best players play against each other all the time,’’ said Nicklaus, the six-time Masters champion and honorary starter (with Gary Player and Tom Watson) for Thursday’s opening round.  “How it’s going, I don’t know. I don’t want to be privy to it. I talked to Jay (PGA Commissioner Monahan) not very long ago, and I said, ‘Jay, don’t tell me what’s going on because I don’t want to have to lie to the press and people who ask me questions.’

“If Jay thinks we’re doing fine, we’ll get there, I think we’ll get there. And I certainly hope that happens – the sooner the better.’’

Watson, a two-time Masters champion, believes the players have control over the outcome.

“What do they want to do?’’ Watson said. “We’ll see where it goes. We don’t have the information or the answers. I don’t think the PGA Tour or the LIV tour really have an answer right now.’’

For Player, “It’s very simple,’’ the three-time Masters winner said. “Anytime in any business whatsoever, not only in the golf business, there’s confrontation, it’s unhealthy. You’ve got to get together and come to a solution. If you cannot – it’s not good. The public doesn’t like it, and we as professionals don’t like it, either.’’


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Steve Pike

Steve “Spike” Pike is a lifelong journalist whose career covers Major League Baseball, the NFL, and college basketball. For the past 26 years, Spike has been one of the more respected voices in the golf and travel industries, working for such publications as Golfweek, Golf World, and Golf Digest for The New York Times Magazine Group. In 1998, Spike helped launch the website for the PGA of America. As a freelance travel and golf writer, Spike’s travels have taken him around the world. He has played golf from Pebble Beach to St. Andrews, walked the Great Wall of China, climbed an active volcano in the Canary Islands, been on safari in South Africa, and dived with sharks off Guadalupe, Baja California.