Padraig Harrington: What I realised last week was, God, we miss Bryson DeChambeau

Golf legend Padraig Harrington commented on DeChambeau's performance, believing that his presence significantly helped the tournament

by Sead Dedovic
Padraig Harrington: What I realised last week was, God, we miss Bryson DeChambeau
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The PGA Championship at Valhalla sparked a flurry of reactions, particularly due to the fact that several PGA Tour golfers had the opportunity to compete in this Major either through previous successes or invitations. One of the most impressive of these PGA Tour golfers was Bryson DeChambeau, who showcased his skills in the best possible way. 

This 30-year-old impressed everyone, as he was neck and neck with Xander Schauffele until the very end, with Schauffele eagerly awaiting his first Major victory. Being under pressure and seeing a colleague closing in on you is not easy. However, Xander managed to stay calm, focus on his game, and fulfill his lifelong dream.

It's interesting that fans were delighted with DeChambeau's return and that he attracted special attention with his moves, statements, and performances. DeChambeau impressed many, and already many are emphasizing that things would look much better if some of the PGA Tour golfers could compete in all competitions. 

Golf legend Padraig Harrington commented on DeChambeau's performance, believing that his presence significantly helped the tournament. He also pointed out that the tournament was thrilling, especially watching the race between these two golfers until the very end. Harrington misses seeing some other faces, like Reed, but he has accepted the situation as it is.

"What I realised last week was, God, we miss Bryson, like Bryson was box office last week and really, really helped that tournament," Harrington said, as quoted by Golf Monthly.

"Helped push Xander's win on, it was fantastic, exciting, interesting watching. So we do miss those guys. 

It's hard to believe we miss Patrick Reed, but that's just the way it is." 

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Padraig Harrington suggests a potential solution involving having at least two tours and allowing some crossover between them, similar to how it was in the past. He emphasizes the importance of maintaining rivalries in sport, which can be beneficial. 

Looking at the current situation, the rivalry between the PGA Tour and the LIV Golf hasn't brought many positive outcomes. In fact, the rivalry between these two tours has created numerous issues for everyone, especially for fans who have been disappointed with developments over the last two years. Watching Majors with the biggest names and exciting matches was what they looked forward to. Now, with golfers divided into two tours, the situation is far from positive. The factor of excitement and rivalry may be what they want, but not in this way.

However, he acknowledges the need for a solution to the current situation, recognizing that opinions on this matter vary and evolve over time due to the changing situation in the world of golf. General, Harrington highlights the widespread desire within the golf community for a resolution to be found.

Merger as the Only Solution in the Golf Scene: Will It Happen?!

The only logical solution is a merger, which many are talking about. It is the only thing that could resolve the conflict in the golf scene and finally put an end to the golf world war that has been going on for so long. The leaders of the PGA Tour and PIF are negotiating day by day, ready to find a solution and reach a final agreement. 

It has been almost a year since it was confirmed that negotiations are ongoing, up to the present day. It is not known if the negotiations have moved from the starting point since then, but statements from individuals give some hope that things will soon be finalized. 

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The leaders of both tours are aware that this is a checkmate position, and there is no way out other than a merger. Although a merger is not a great option for some, when faced with two evils, it is necessary to choose the lesser one. If everyone desires a bright future for golf, then there is no other solution but a merger.

Padraig Harrington's statements from March of this year: Transfers and Rivalry Between Tours

Two months ago, Harrington commented on the situation in the world of golf, emphasizing that he has many good friends who compete on the LIV Golf. Harrington also reflected on the progress of the PGA Tour, believing that the departure of some players does not help this tour. 

The 52-year-old also discussed an interesting option, which is a form of transfer that would occur between tours. Additionally, he supports invites, considering them beneficial for the world of golf. Padraig then highlighted the uncertainty regarding whether both tours can act as one body, and at that time, he also emphasized that rivalry might be useful at this moment, bringing excitement to everyone.

We will see what will happen in the end, and whether it is possible for everyone to play under "one roof".

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