Martin Kaymer blames money and power for prolonged PGA-PIF talks

“Does it frustrate me? Not really because I’m happy playing on the LIV tour.“

by Sead Dedovic
Martin Kaymer blames money and power for prolonged PGA-PIF talks
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It has been over a year since the framework agreement between the PGA Tour and PIF, aiming to unite the PGA Tour and LIV Golf into a single entity. Although initially Jay Monahan, the PGA Tour commissioner, and the rest of the PGA Tour leadership faced backlash, most now believe it is the only viable option for all parties involved. 

The final agreement has not yet been reached, but recent meetings and developments suggest that a final deal could soon become a reality in the golf world. 

Martin Kaymer, currently a member of LIV Golf, commented on the merger, expressing confusion over why it is taking so long for both sides to reach a resolution. 

Kaymer, like most LIV golfers, is frustrated by the situation, likely because he expected LIV Golf to gain ranking points, which the merger would enable. Playing in America, the 39-year-old German seems to have lost optimism regarding the merger.

“I’m not a businessman, right? I’m not a politician, I don’t understand why it is so difficult to find common ground for the greater good,” Kaymer told, as quoted by Irish Golfer.

“I don’t know if its personal or its just being greedy? Those are the thoughts that pop up. In the last few weeks playing in America, I don’t really see that the merger will happen anytime soon.“

Judging by his statements, the German is not particularly frustrated or angry. He doesn't understand why it is difficult for individuals on both sides to compromise, understand each other's needs, and reach a final agreement. Considering how long the negotiations have been going on, it is clear that one or both sides have specific demands, and there are details they cannot agree on. 

Kaymer stresses, like most, that this is a clash of titans, each wanting a larger piece of the pie. Each side wants to carefully consider what this merger means for them before agreeing to a deal. Sport has become a business, and golf is no exception, as we have seen in recent years.

“Does it frustrate me? Not really because I’m happy playing on the LIV tour and once in a while on the European Tour when they let me. It’s just a bit difficult for us normal people to understand why it doesn’t work or why people cannot work together. But with my little knowledge, it must be about the money and the power which most businesses that’s the way it is.”

Martin Kaymer
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The German golfer, like most who left the PGA Tour to join LIV Golf, had to face a storm of criticism. While some question whether LIV golfers are happy, from this perspective, it's hard to provide a definitive answer. LIV Golf's leaders promised them OWGR points, but two years later, nothing has changed. 

Securing spots in the Majors is becoming increasingly difficult. 

Kaymer, however, is happy with his decision, believing he made the right move. Although he acknowledges that it was tough to accept the negative reactions and criticism directed not just at him but also at his family and friends, he understands why people reacted that way. 

Kaymer doesn't agree with such reactions but knows that criticism could become part of his daily life. The German golfer emphasizes that he is pleased with how things are unfolding and satisfied with the LIV Golf project. The 39-year-old confirmed that they were aware of what LIV Golf brings with it before signing and now feels part of the entire process.

Martin Kaymer on playing in Europe

Kaymer is a golfer from Germany who had the opportunity to play on the DP World Tour. Saying he achieved great success in Europe is an understatement. Kaymer has numerous victories and achievements under his belt, which secured him spots on the big stage, including four appearances in the Ryder Cup team. He admitted that he enjoyed playing on the European Tour, meeting new people, broadening his perspectives, and achieving success. His intention is to continue competing in European tournaments, ready to add more victories to his record.

“I always enjoy playing on the European Tour,” he said. 

“The people that I met through the Ryder Cups, the different countries, the tournament directors, the organisers. You have relationships with those people. Of course I would like to participate in those tournaments.“

Kaymer has admitted that he prefers playing fewer events, which is one of the reasons he joined LIV Golf. It is clear that his intentions are to play fewer events in the future, so it will be interesting to see how often he competes in Europe. The German golfer is likely also tired of the constant travel, stress, and pressure of playing in tournaments.