Chris DiMarco: "This must be some kind of joke"

Now 56 years old, DiMarco has been a regular competitor on the Champions Tour since 2018. Recently, he appeared on the Golf Subpar podcast in the role of a Senior Tour player from across the Atlantic

by Andrea Gussoni
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Chris DiMarco: "This must be some kind of joke"
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Chris DiMarco, with three PGA Tour victories and one on the European Tour, is best remembered for his memorable performance at the 2005 Masters Tournament, where he narrowly lost to Tiger Woods in a playoff after Woods executed a historic shot on the 16th green.

Now 56 years old, DiMarco has been a regular competitor on the Champions Tour since 2018. Recently, he appeared on the Golf Subpar podcast in the role of a Senior Tour player from across the Atlantic. When asked about the Champions Tour players' stance on the situation between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf, the New York native didn't hesitate to express his viewpoint.

DiMarco stated that all senior players hope that the circuit backed by the PIF (Public Investment Fund) acquires them.

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"We play here for really little money," he remarked. "I mean, this has to be a bit of a joke, considering our total prize money is $2 million." "Last week, several guys at TPC (at The Players) won more than our total prize money," he emphasized.

DiMarco reflected on his career and the changing landscape of professional golf: "I was fortunate because I played in the Tiger era, when prize money was already significant, but not as much as what these guys play for today." "It seems like every week there's someone else getting ready to surpass me for career earnings in just a couple of years on tour," he added.

He held no ill will towards players who signed with LIV Golf, acknowledging that if he had been asked the same question in 2004 or 2005, during his prime, he would have bid farewell to everyone and then signed. For him, it would have been purely a financial decision.

DiMarco then recounted a conversation he had with Graeme McDowell during the Old Memorial Pro-Member event, where McDowell explained his decision to opt for LIV Golf due to financial stability and reduced playing commitments.

"I didn't blame him one bit," DiMarco recalled. "And I told him I would have done the same." Regarding PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan's handling of the situation, DiMarco was critical, stating, "I don't want to bash Jay Monahan, but I think he handled it terribly." "At first, he was too drastic...he should have let things settle and see what happened, but he just went to the point where it was all black or white." "I think he should have done better, especially for the guys who stayed," DiMarco concluded.

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