Brandel Chamblee on The Players missing LIV Golfers and the advantages of the PGA

Brandel Chamblee stressed that The Players Championship is like a special treat for golfers who have been supportive and involved in the PGA Tour's charity work

by Sead Dedovic
Brandel Chamblee on The Players missing LIV Golfers and the advantages of the PGA
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The Players Championship, often referred to as the 'fifth major,' is a tournament that attracts enormous attention year after year. There are many reasons for this. Winning this tournament is a significant achievement for all golfers and comes with substantial prize money. 

The fact that the prize fund for this tournament is US$25,000,000 speaks volumes about how most players will be motivated and hungry for victory. 

What sets this year's Players Championship apart from some previous years is the absence of many players who have joined LIV Golf. 

While fans support the fact that LIV Golfers will not be competing there, some believe that it diminishes the quality of this tournament and the element of excitement. Brandel Chamblee expressed his disappointment with the current state of the golf scene, especially regarding this tournament, during the Golf Channel broadcast.

"I look at the prestige of this event, the fact that some of the best players in the world are not here. It’s a mild disappointment. I love watching those guys play golf [Smith and Rahm], but they decided to play on another tour. This tour is meant to celebrate the best of the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour.

The players that are going to LIV have been courted away not with prestige but with greed. Prestige comes to an event, not just because of the money, it comes because of the gauntlet, the course, the tour they play on."- he said, as quoted by

Brandel Chamblee stressed that The Players Championship is like a special treat for golfers who have been supportive and involved in the PGA Tour's charity work. He thinks it's a way to say thank you to those players who are part of the PGA Tour and among the best on the DP World Tour. 

Even though a huge number of PGA Tour players could have left the PGA Tour and followed the same path as their colleagues, they have chosen a different route, prioritizing loyalty and tradition over money. Opinions are changing from month to month, and we see a tendency for many to continue joining LIV Golf. Playing in The Players Championship is still a special thing, it must be acknowledged.

Although he's a bit disappointed that some top golfers aren't playing in the tournament, Chamblee believes it doesn't make the tournament less important. He thinks The Players Championship still keeps its prestige as a special event for PGA Tour players, and the focus on charity work is a big part of what makes it special.

Several names stand out as the main favorites to win this tournament. Among the favorites are Scottie Scheffler and Rory McIlroy.

Scottie Scheffler
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Both are in excellent form, especially Scottie. They are expected to give their best and continue where they left off. However, we cannot rule out other golfers like Justin Thomas or Xander Schauffele. Some also mention other names that could surprise this year. Surprises are what fans want.

Rich Lerner and Brandel Chamblee's discussion

Rich Lerner is one of those who believes that this tournament no longer has the prestige it once did, considering the absence of big names. Chamblee disagrees with him. Brandel believes that many things can change in the future. Primarily, the PGA Tour has historically 'produced' many talents who have become world-class golfers. Chamblee pointed out the trend that year after year, the PGA Tour discovers talents doing great things on the big stage. The departure of individuals from the PGA Tour doesn't necessarily mean that the PGA Tour will lose its prestige. With years, new faces emerge, and Chamblee emphasizes that names from 2010 are no longer relevant, and over time, many golfers lose their quality and experience drop in the ranking.

"If you go back to 2010 and you look at that money list, most of the players that were on the top 10 of the money list are either out of the game or 3,000th in the world rankings.

Go to 2015 and while you can look at that list and say, you’ve got some marvellous players that are still around today, Spieth, Day, Fowler, McIlroy, Zach Johnson, Etc. Nowhere on the radar was Wyndham Clark, Sahith Theegala, Will Zalatoris, Ludvig Aberg or Scottie Scheffler."

Chamblee believes that the signing of some players by LIV Golf won't have a huge impact on the Tour's progress. He expects that many highly paid golfers will lose quality over the years and fade away from the big stage. Therefore, he emphasizes the importance of consistently producing new talents each year, as they will form the backbone of the Tour and be among the best.

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