PGA Tour and PIF, new deadline in Augusta

The deadline set for the signing of the definitive agreements between the PGA Tour, PIF and DP World Tour, scheduled for the month of June, appears to have been extended

by Andrea Gussoni
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PGA Tour and PIF, new deadline in Augusta
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The deadline set for the signing of the definitive agreements between the PGA Tour, PIF and DP World Tour, scheduled for the month of June, appears to have been extended. According to The Telegraph Sport, the interested parties will shortly announce the new time window for carrying forward the negotiations which will conclude with the Masters Tournament, scheduled for 11 to 14 April.

The definitive agreement, although already under discussion for some time, seems destined to have its effects only in the following season. Despite the numerous tournaments already on the calendar, it will be difficult to imagine that the new entity can overthrow the current governing bodies in the running.

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Evaluating the strategic impact of the current decision is a complex topic. The extension of negotiations could be interpreted positively as a sign of commitment to a favorable conclusion. However, especially among the fans, doubts arise about the intentions of the Tours, who so far have prioritized their own interests.

The crucial question is: who benefits most from the passage of time? The PGA Tour has already reached an agreement with the investors but must manage the growing discontent of the players, expressed several times through the expression of no confidence in the Commissioner.

LIV Golf, on the other hand, has a constantly expanding calendar, has acquired Jon Rahm and there are rumors about the possible joining of other players, as enthusiastically reported by Greg Norman. The Augusta National Invitation Tournament was founded in 1934 by Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts as an exclusive event for the best golfers in the world.

Over the years, the tournament changed its name to become known as The Masters, and is held annually in the first week of April. Participation is reserved only for the most talented and selected players, with extremely strict and selective admission criteria.

Only a small circle of winners of the most important golf tournaments, such as past Masters champions, holders of other majors and the first place in the official rankings, are eligible. All this makes the number of participants very limited, in order to guarantee the excellence of the playing field.

The tournament attracts the attention of the entire world and represents a unique moment of competition between the best golf professionals. Among the multi-awarded champions of this tournament stand out Jack Nicklaus, who lifted the trophy 6 times - the last time back in 1986, at the age of 46 - and Tiger Woods, who won it 5 times.

Despite his young age - he was just 21 years and 3 months - Woods made tournament history as the first black player to triumph in 1997. In 2017 Sergio García ended a long series of disappointments by winning the Masters in a thrilling playoff that saw him overtake England's Justin Rose. For García, after 73 unsuccessful attempts in prestigious tournaments, this victory was a real consecration.

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