Two years ago, Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau had quite a bit of beef between them; their feud has taken over the golf world.
They don’t like each other at all, per Golf.com.
That all changed as both golfers now play for the Saudi-backed LIV Tour.
Following Koepka’s win at Oak Hill, DeChambeau made some interesting comments about the tour they played on.
“That validates everything we’ve said from the start. That we compete at the highest level, and we have the ability to win major championships,” said DeChambeau. “I really hope people can see the light now that we are trying to give the game of golf something new and fresh.”
The LIV Tour has drawn a lot of criticism since it kicked off in 2022.
LIV, which gets its name from the Roman numeral for 54, is an uncut 54-hole event. The name also comes from the idea of shooting 54—the score a player would have if they birdied every hole in their round at a par-72.
Plus, only 48 players have done so in LIV events played around the world. But the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) fails to recognize this tournament as legit.
Of course, the most significant criticism of the LIV Tour is who its beneficiaries are. The Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF), the sovereign wealth fund of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has invested nearly $1 billion in LIV golf. The Saudi kingdom does not have an outstanding human rights record, subjugates women, and lacks transparency.
Former PGA Tour players have earned tens of millions—some in the hundreds of millions—to join LIV.
In contrast, the PGA Tour, and most other professional tours around the world, hold a 72-hole competition that takes place over four days each week. The 36-hole cut split a field of 120 or more in half on Friday night, with those who failed to make the weekend also failing to receive a paycheck.
As a result, there has been a rift between the two entities—the PGA and LIV have sued each other, with a courtroom fight likely to occur in 2024.
But DeChambeau wants the entire golf world to recognize LIV as legit and for all to come together.
“Ultimately, both sides have to come together at some point,” said DeChambeau. “It’s for the good of the game.”