In the News a few days ago and several of us had the chance of discussing this change. we were paying attention to this because the Masters is one of the annual tournaments we watch faithfully.
During the discussion, we come up with several points which might be the reason for this change of hearts.
For one, no one could or should stop those who seeks free money if their commitment to the regular tour could be kept with their new venture. This will be interesting to see, because the LIV is supposed to release their new schedule and format for 2023. Should the LIV schedule in conflict with the PGA Tour schedule, then these LIV golfers will have a more difficult time to fulfill commitment to both sides and will be forced to make a decision of which side of the fence to fall-in. Riding the fence will no longer be an option at that time.
Secondly, by locking out these golfers, it will also hurt the regular Tour. Plus, if they have the qualification to enter the tournament, no legal system could deny their right, except for the Masters Tournament which is a a private invitation only event.
It’ll be like keeping the door open for the rebellious teenagers who had left home. Just in case they decided to come home in the future.
Let’s not forget the golf fans are the key element of keeping everything afloat here. As long as the majority of the fans support the current infrastructure, no one could afford to continue throwing money in the fire.