PGA Tour leaders argued a deal would allow expensive legal fights and fracturing player and fan base to end. But lawmakers caution against too much involvement with the Saudi government.
"I still hate LIV. Like, I hate it. I hope it goes away," Rory McIlroy, the world's no. 3 player, said of the new deal between the PGA Tour and the Saudi fund behind LIV.
PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan spent more than an hour explaining to players Tuesday afternoon why he changed his mind about taking Saudi funds in a surprise collaboration, saying it ultimately was for their benefit.
Jon Rahm slipped into the green jacket on Sunday to wrap up a memorable Masters. It began with questions about how LIV Golf players and their PGA Tour counterparts would get along and was played through searing heat and humidity early, driving rain and frigid temperatures later.
LIV Golf might have more to lose than to gain at the Masters. The Saudi-funded rival league has 18 players at the Masters.
Tiger Woods is at the Masters for the 25th time, but not even he knows how much longer he will keep playing. Woods brings a degree a normalcy to this Masters that is filled with chatter and speculation about LIV Golf.
Players who defected to Saudi-funded LIV Golf filed an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour, the first step in a legal fight that could define the rules of where players can compete.
Woods is playing in the PNC Championship with his 12-year-old son this weekend. It's the iconic golfer's first time competing since his car accident in February, which resulted in extensive surgery.
When 27-year-old Kamaiu Johnson tees off in the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, it'll mark the culmination of an improbable journey.