LIV Golf rebel Lee Westwood laughs at PGA ‘bullies’ he hopes ‘choke on words’

LIV Golf rebel Lee Westwood has slammed the PGA Tour over its ‘comical’ recent changes.

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan revealed a number of immediate changes on Wednesday. They included a minimum salary of $500,000 (£432,000) for new players, an increase in prize money and immediate lifetime membership for players once they reach 20 wins, rather than a 15 year wait.

The changes come in the wake of a players’ meeting last week ahead of the BMW Championship where 23 PGA Tour stars including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Scottie Scheffler discussed plans to keep pace with the Saudi-backed breakaway LIV series.

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But former World No.1 Westwood, who was one of the first to defect to the rebel LIV Tour, finds the changes amusing and has branded his former peers ‘hypocrites’.

Westwood told Golf Digest: “'I laugh at what the PGA Tour players have come up with. It's just a copy of what LIV is doing.

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“There are a lot of hypocrites out there. They all say LIV is not competitive. They all point at the no-cut aspect of LIV and the short fields.”

He went on to criticise the Tour’s new 20 events per-year format for sharing striking similarities with LIV’s own model, for which the ‘defectors’ were scolded for joining earlier this year.

Westwood added: “Now, funnily enough, they are proposing 20 events that look a lot like LIV. Hopefully, at some point they will all choke on their words. And hopefully, they will be held to account as we were in the early days.”

The Englishman went on to warn that the alliance between the PGA players and Monahan in challenging the LIV will not last, before adding that the PGA Tour are ‘bullies’. It remains unclear whether Monahan’s new rules will prevent any more high profile stars from defecting.


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