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PGA Tour stands up to LIV Golf with an increase in ‘prize money’ in tournaments

PGA Tour stands up to LIV Golf. The American golf circuit has increased the prize money of his eight major tournamentsto prevent the escape


PGA Tour stands up to LIV Golf. The American golf circuit has increased the prize money of his eight major tournamentsto prevent the escape of its athletes to the LIV Golf circuit, backed by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia.

Among the circuits that increase their prizes, the following stand out: The Players Championship, which goes from being endowed with twenty million to 25 million or The Memorial, which rises from twelve million to twenty million. The prize money for the Genesis Invitational, Arnold Palmer Invitational, WGC and Memorial Tournament will also increase, each reaching prizes of twenty million dollars.

In addition, the BMW Championship will go from fifteen million to twenty million in prize money and the Sentry Tournament of Champions will go from 8.2 million to 15 million in prize money. In total, these eight tournaments they will distribute about fifty million dollars more in 2023 than in 2022. As announced by the tour, this increase in money is due to the investment of new sponsors.

The announcement comes in the midst of a war between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf. The new Saudi circuit is trying to capture the stars of the PGA tour, with high financial rewards for golfers. In recent days, the Saudis had announced that several players who belonged to the American circuit would participate in their tournament held in Portland.

At the beginning of the month, the American circuit threatened with sanctions the golfers who participated in the LIV Golf circuit, after it was confirmed that a field of 42 players would compete in the LIV Golf Invitational Series in London from June 9-11. The tournament featured a prize money $25 million, the largest amount offered to date in a golf tournament.

The objective of LIV Golf lies in attracting the best professional golfers, carving out a gap between the PGA Tour and the European Tour. The tournaments have an open eligibility category, which means that players can enter regardless of their affiliation with the tournament. tour.