March 20, 2024

PGA Tour star withdraws from event amid intense LIV Golf talks | Golf | Sport

Patrick Cantlay will not play on the PGA Tour at the Valspar Championship this week after attending a merger meeting with LIV Golf officials in The Bahamas on Monday. The policy board player director was at Albany for the latest round of talks with Saudi Arabia‘s Public Investment Fund over the future of golf.

Attention now returns to golf and the final stop of the Florida Swing, which Cantlay has notably withdrawn from. Of the six player directors, Scott, Simpson and Woods were never down to play at Copperhead.

But the world number three was up until Sunday, the day before the meeting, when he withdrew, according to the PGA Tour. Braden Shattuck and Tom Kim also pulled out over the weekend.

Unlike Cantlay, Malnati and Spieth will play in Palm Harbor despite their player director commitments. The eight-time PGA Tour winner has not spoken since Monday’s meeting but did preview it at The Players.

“I’ve gotta hear out what they have to say, and I will always do my best to represent the entire membership whenever I am in a meeting in that capacity,” Cantlay explained before attending. “I think more information is always better.”

But he was not anticipating agreeing any deal at this stage. “I’m not even sure we’re at that point yet,” he said. “So, I don’t want to get out ahead of myself. And say something that may go different.”

“If (a deal) weren’t to happen, we would go on in a similar paradigm to how we’re going on right now,” Cantlay explained regarding the next steps. “I think there are pros and cons.”

Commissioner Jay Monahan has since shed some light on the talks. “The conversation throughout was constructive and represents an important part of our due diligence process in selecting potential investors for PGA Tour Enterprises,” he wrote in a letter to members.

“This mirrors the approach we employed earlier this year as we evaluated an investment offer from the Strategic Sports Group. During the session, Yasir had a chance to introduce himself to our player directors and talk through his vision, priorities and motivations for investing in professional golf.

“As we continue these discussions with the PIF, we will keep you updated as much as possible, but please understand that we need to maintain our position of not conducting negotiations in public.”


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