When Rory McIlroy revealed final week that the earliest vestiges of what’s now known as Super League Golf approached him in 2014 with the idea of a world tour, it turned clear that regardless of the present iteration is it probably received’t be the final.
Before the pandemic halted play on the PGA Tour a couple of 12 months in the past and dramatically modified the narrative, it was the Premier Golf League. While these making selections behind the scenes stay purposefully out of the general public eye, the notion of a world circuit organized round a staff idea continues to be mentioned in hushed tones throughout the PGA Tour.
Where the SLG idea goes from right here stays unknown, however what does appear apparent is that it doesn’t seem to be going away anytime quickly, nevertheless, and gamers are beginning to rigorously decide sides.
It could be profession suicide for a player to absolutely commit to the SLG idea, following Tour commissioner Jay Monahan’s promise final week to instantly droop anybody who associates with the breakaway circuit adopted by a “likely” everlasting expulsion from the Tour. But there are indicators of at the least a handful of “interested” events.
Interested, or “interesting,” seems to be code for “my people are talking to their people.”
Asked in regards to the SLG idea final week, Phil Mickelson appeared to set the tone.
“I think it’s very interesting. What’s interesting is the players would be giving up control of their schedule and then compete against each other 14 times or 15 times or whatever the final number is,” Mickelson stated.
“I’m 50, this really isn’t going to affect me. My career is winding down, but if I’m a golf fan, which I am, it would be interesting to see the top players play and compete against each other an additional 15 times a year.”
Asked in regards to the then-PGL idea final 12 months, Adam Scott additionally appeared to be squarely within the “interested” class.
“Selfishly, for me, there is some appeal. I might have the opportunity to park myself up in Australia for a little bit if I’m being selfish,” Scott stated.
And Patrick Reed stated this, “Honestly I have my team grabbing all the information about it, and I don’t know enough about it yet to really say anything about it, but once we get all the information, I’ll go make my mind up later on.”
Tommy Fleetwood appears to have adjusted his outlook toward the SLG since he was asked about the proposed circuit last year.
“Money is one side of it, world ranking points is a side of it. The Ryder Cup is always such a huge thing on people’s minds, European and American,” he stated. “There’s a lot that goes into the criteria of why people play where they play. … I know [Monahan] has a very, very firm stance on it. We’ll see where that leads.”
Others seem to be undecided on the brand new league, an inventory that features Tiger Woods based mostly on his response to the PGL reviews final 12 months. “Have I been personally approached? Yes, and my team’s been aware of it and we’ve delved into the details of it and trying to figure it out just like everyone else. … There’s a lot of information that we’re still looking at and whether it’s reality or not, but just like everybody else, we’re looking into it,” he stated.
Some gamers have gone with a tough “no,” with McIlroy being the frontrunner in that group.
“People can see it for what it is, which is a money grab, which is fine if that’s what you’re playing golf for is to make as much money as possible,” McIlroy stated final week. “I’m playing this game to try to cement my place in history and my legacy and to win major championships and to win the biggest tournaments in the world. That’s why I’m playing this game.”
McIlroy is hardly alone on this island. Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth and Xander Schauffele all provided rebukes of a brand new league no matter who’s proposing the concept or how a lot cash could be accessible.
“Our commissioner set us straight, you have to pick which tour you want to play on and the benefits we have on the PGA Tour are pretty hard to beat,” Schauffele stated. “For me, how young I am and how early it is in my career all the history is made on the PGA Tour and that’s where I want to be.”
Two player managers who’ve spoken with representatives from the SLG identified that there are presently no gamers who’ve dedicated to the brand new league and amid Monahan’s clear messaging that’s in all probability not going to change anytime quickly. However, provided that this concept has been round since at the least 2014 it’s additionally clear the idea isn’t going away anytime quickly, both.