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PGA of America CEO Urges Speed in PGA-PIF Agreement

PGA CEO Urges Urgency in PGA Tour-Saudi Backers Deal to Avoid Irreparable Harm to Golf Sport

The PGA Tour and Saudi backers of LIV Golf are facing mounting pressure to finalize a deal, with PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh urging both parties to act swiftly to prevent further harm to the sport.

Waugh expressed his concerns ahead of the PGA Championship, emphasizing the need for a resolution to the framework agreement that was struck last June. He warned that the lack of progress could have lasting negative effects on golf.

“I don’t think the game is big enough for two tours like that, and I think we are diluting the game in a way that is not healthy,” Waugh said.

The PGA of America, which oversees major events such as the PGA Championship and Ryder Cup, is separate from the PGA Tour. The framework agreement between the PGA Tour and Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund expired at the end of 2023, sparking renewed efforts to reach a deal.

Despite ongoing negotiations, concerns are growing that the rift between the two sides could deepen. Rory McIlroy, the world number two, expressed unease about the situation following the resignation of Jimmy Dunne from the PGA Tour’s policy board.

Dunne cited a lack of progress towards a transaction in his resignation letter, raising further doubts about the likelihood of a deal being reached. McIlroy echoed these concerns, highlighting the potential consequences of the impasse.

The power struggle in men’s professional golf has become a focal point in the lead-up to major events like the PGA Championship. Stakeholders in the sport are urging the PGA Tour and LIV Golf to prioritize reaching a resolution to avoid long-term damage to the game.

As the golf world watches closely, the urgency for a deal between the PGA Tour and Saudi backers of LIV Golf continues to grow. The future of the sport hangs in the balance as negotiations reach a critical juncture.

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