Andrew Johnston: "PGA is different from LIV?"

Johnston's criticism centered around the perceived lack of parity in the program, which grants players stakes in the new entity, PGA Tour Enterprises, in a manner that he finds substantially unequal

by Andrea Gussoni
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Andrew Johnston: "PGA is different from LIV?"
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Andrew "Beef" Johnston, known for his candid opinions, has been vocal as an opinion maker for some time now. In his latest blog post on Todaysgolfer.com, the British golfer took aim at the PGA Tour, specifically addressing the introduction of the Player Equity Program, a subset of the Player Benefit Programme.

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Johnston's criticism centered around the perceived lack of parity in the program, which grants players stakes in the new entity, PGA Tour Enterprises, in a manner that he finds substantially unequal.

"I'm starting to wonder how different the PGA Tour is from LIV Golf," Johnston remarked, recalling when LIV entered the scene and PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan touted the organization's pride in being meritocratic, with clear paths for players to be rewarded for their performances.

"But things have changed," Johnston noted. "Essentially, the PGA Tour is saying, 'Here's a huge amount of money from us so that you don't take a huge amount of money from them.' " "It's madness," he continued. "Nowadays, it's all about rewarding the top echelon of professional golf, and it's happened because of the divide.

It's really damaging for our sport." Johnston also criticized the concept of Signature Events, which have limited fields, no cuts, and substantial prize money. He drew parallels between these events and other high-profile tournaments, insinuating that they prioritize money and sponsors over the fans' experience.

"The PGA Tour claims to have eliminated the cut to ensure that big names remain in the tournament for the entire duration, but it's nonsense," Johnston asserted. "And anyway, how many times does Rory miss the cut?" Johnston's critique highlights ongoing debates within the golfing community about the balance between financial incentives, player equity, and the integrity of the game.

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