Ryder Cup hero who defected to LIV Golf shares true thoughts on PGA Tour split

By | July 8, 2024

Ryder Cup hero who defected to LIV Golf shares true thoughts on PGA Tour split

Martin Kaymer, who is a former PGA Tour star and a two-time major winner, has shared his thoughts on the ongoing merger talks between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf

Former Ryder Cup star Martin Kaymer has shared his thoughts on the ongoing talks between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf about a potential merger deal.

The PGA informed players in June that there’s “still work to do” as the final details of the deal are still under discussion, reports the Express. Kaymer, who left the PGA Tour to join LIV Golf in 2022, confessed that he doesn’t foresee this merger happening anytime soon – and he’s got no idea why.

The German professional golfer, famed for sinking an 18th hole putt on the final day of the 2012 Ryder Cup securing Europe’s victory, disclosed his opinion on the merger deal to bunkered.co.uk.

Kaymer said: “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.

“I don’t know if it’s personal or it’s 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.”

The athlete also noted that the deal can be hard for players and fans to comprehend due to the “little knowledge” that has been revealed so far.

He added: “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.

Kaymer is well-known across the world for his winning putt at the 2012 Ryder Cup (


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“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.”

Kaymer also expressed his contentment with his decision to join LIV Golf two years ago, despite facing a barrage of criticism. He continued: “For me it was the right move. I was a little bit overwhelmed with the criticism that we got two and a half years ago.

“Not only against me but my family, my wife, my friends at certain times which is very narrow-minded, childish and strange sometimes. That’s how it went. I can understand why people do it, I don’t agree with it but that’s how it was.

“But I’m very happy the way things are progressing. I like the transparency that LIV gives us. We know exactly what we’re getting into and we know where LIV is going. You are really part of the process.”


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