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Davis Love III speaks on LIV Golf controversy: ‘I’m just getting started’

As Davis Love III gives his voice the opportunity to be heard on the golf course, LIV Golf is encroaching on one of his many outdoor passions.



On the go is Davis Love III.

He announces that he needs to join a podcast more than 45 minutes into a phone conversation.

He has already appeared on “The Fire Pit Collective” and “No Laying Up” this past week. Now, I ask, who?

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He remarked, “I’m having a relationship with (former PGA Tour golfer) Colt Knost.”

Love, 58, has always been friendly to the media; in fact, the Golf Writers Association of America honored him with the Jim Murray Award in 2016 for his “cooperation, quotability, and hospitality to the media.” However, Love is finding his voice now more than ever to defend the way of life that has brought him almost to $45 million on the PGA Tour alone.

He referred to Phil Mickelson as “a troubled soul” on The Fire Pit Collective, and he said on No Laying Up that the conflict with LIV Golf “just makes us appear selfish and it’s sad.” According to Love, Greg Norman, the CEO of LIV, would be the last golfer he’d ask over for dinner.

Love declared, “I’m just getting started. “What do I have to lose, I think? I am able to be honest. I won’t spread a lot of lies, unlike the other side. I’ll just say the truth and represent the Tour and the procedure.” You know, (PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan) got scorched for that saying, “Trust the process, people,” a few months back. Now that you’ve seen this first court case, LIV’s inner workings have been partially revealed in court. Just have faith in the procedure, please.”

Who am I to stop him when love is in full swing? He went on: “We are in the midst of a hostile corporate takeover of our company. The folks staying understand that I am the owner and operator of this Tour. It’s not only for the best guys; it’s built for No. 1 through 200. Everybody has a voice. The issue with Greg Norman’s ideas from 1994 and his ideas from now is that they would increase the wealth of a select few. Overall, it’s not good for professional golf.” He wanted every tour in the world to feed into his tour so that those guys could make the most money and then hand-pick the rest of the tours. Nothing has changed since 1994; however, he now has two or three billion dollars backing him instead of just $25 million from Fox, allowing him to make much more noise.

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“Why didn’t the Tour first sit down with him is a question I am frequently asked. Why aren’t they now? No, he’s not interested in coexisting. He wants them to be fed by the NCAA, the Asian Tour, the DP World Tour, and the PGA Tour, and he wants them to be free to play anywhere they choose outside of their tour. For this reason, Tiger (Woods) must fly in (on Wednesday to the BMW Championship) for the player meeting.” The bus that Tiger is driving is being ridden by player number 150 on the PGA Tour. The bus will continue moving forward if the top guys are content with the direction the bus is taking, aren’t egotistical like other people are, and want everything to spread out and give everyone a chance to succeed where they have. Tiger boarded a plane as a result.”

Love, who has held various positions on the PGA Tour board and runs the RSM Classic in his native Georgia, will serve as captain of the US Presidents Cup when it is held in Charlotte, North Carolina, next month. After serving as the U.S. Ryder Cup team captain twice and as a deputy captain several times, Love claims he didn’t want the position. New blood was needed, and soon. Tiger then revealed that they—the individuals formerly known as “The Task Force”—wanted him to serve out one more tour of duty.

Monahan answered the phone and informed Love, “Look, you’re a lifer on the PGA Tour. The Presidents Cup has received a lot of your effort. Charlotte is the place to become the captain, and you will.”

I’m honored to do that when Tiger, Jay, and the rest of our gang point at you “said Love. “Now that things are as they are, everything has worked out for the best. It’s a great opportunity for myself, Tiger, Zach Johnson, and a few more guys to represent the PGA Tour.”

Love has never been this outspoken, despite his willingness to accommodate almost any media request that comes his way. That’s because his means of support and devotion to the Tour have never been more under fire “Every day, I inquire of the tour officials, “Am I on the correct track?” Am I making any false statements? You can control me if you want. And they respond, “We’ll tell you, but move forward now.” Whatever your heart and what you think, speak it “Many athletes, supporters, and businesspeople have thanked me for speaking up. After I speak for the players, the Tour, and the team, Zach will have his opportunity to do so the following year.”

Originally published on USA TODAY, this article says: Davis Love III, a ‘lifer’ on the PGA Tour, addresses the LIV Golf controversy: “I’m only getting warmed up,”