How does golf hit again in opposition to LIV Golf? It begins, Harris English says, by being able to hit first.
On this week’s episode of GOLF’s Subpar, the multiple-time PGA Tour winner joined hosts Colt Knost and Drew Stoltz for an earnest dialog on all issues golf, together with the latest developments which have left English’s dwelling tour struggling in opposition to its Saudi-backed rivals.
In English’s thoughts, LIV’s features of the final a number of months have been largely as a result of PGA Tour’s failings — failings which have come primarily due to the Tour’s personal hubris.
I don’t suppose the PGA Tour thought it was going to get off the bottom,” English informed Knost and Stoltz. “We’ve obtained to be extra pondering ahead, of, hey, ‘we’re going to must fight this for not less than just a few years.’”
On the PGA Tour, English says, the main focus largely surrounds defending the bottom already in place.
“I feel numerous guys now are like ‘okay, these guys have left, however what will we do going ahead?’” English stated. “Worst-case state of affairs, best-case state of affairs?”
In English’s thoughts, the Tour’s finest asset is its secure of younger gamers, which aren’t solely lots of the world’s finest gamers, but in addition symbolize the way forward for the sport. As long as the Tour retains these gamers — and continues to groom the subsequent era of stars — it’ll proceed to have the leg-up.
“So how are we going to do it? How are we going to maintain the youthful guys on Tour?” English stated. “We’ve got to maintain constructing our faculty program to the place the very best faculty gamers come on the PGA Tour, the Korn Ferry Tour.”
After all, it gained’t be straightforward. The Tour’s rivals are deep-pocketed, and in skilled sports activities (particularly golf), cash talks. However cash hasn’t been sufficient to persuade the subsequent era of golf stars to leap. So far as English is anxious, as long as that’s the case, the PGA tour has a combating probability.
“I feel that’s how we’ve obtained to do it, we’ve obtained to maintain the younger guys right here,” English stated. “So long as the younger People and all of the Scheffler’s, the Burns’, the Morikawa’s. These younger guys. As long as they keep, we now have an unbelievable product and we are able to continue to grow it with the younger guys.”
To listen to the remainder of English’s interview on Subpar, together with his reminiscence of his first Ryder Cup, try the hyperlink beneath.