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Charley Hoffman dismisses lure of ‘Saudi money’

The chairman of the PGA Tour’s Player Advisory Council told the ‘Fairways of Life’ podcast that the proposed Premier Golf League lacks ‘sustainability,’ and he questioned Saudi Arabia's influence

The foundation that the Premier Golf League is trying to build with the game’s top players already is showing some cracks.

Rory McIlroy, the world’s top-ranked golfer, became the first marquee player to dismiss the proposed world tour, saying Wednesday that he would not be considering a defection from the PGA and European tours.

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Charley Hoffman, recently installed as the chairman of the PGA Tour’s Player Advisory Council, doesn’t think the Premier Golf League will be able to compete with the established tours.

Now, Charley Hoffman, who as the new chairman of the PGA Tour’s Player Advisory Council holds some sway with golf’s top tour and its players, said he doesn’t see a future for the proposed world tour. He spoke with Matt Adams on the “Fairways of Life” podcast.

“It's intriguing that another group of people are willing to dump a bunch of money and try to guarantee us money, get some of the best players in the world to come over and play,” Hoffman said. “I just don't think there's any sustainability or really any traction, personally. I haven't dug deep enough into any of that to see if it is. I don't know if I would like to be owned by some Saudi money over there, but if something was a life-changing amount of money they offered me, you'd have to look at it as an independent contractor. Because there's no guarantees that I'll have a PGA Tour card in three or four years.”

The PGL has proposed 12 four-man teams that would be required to play 18 events worldwide for $10 million purses, beginning as soon as 2022. Tiger Woods said recently that he has been approached by the league and is reviewing the proposal. The PGA Tour has issued an ultimatum to its members, with commissioner Jay Monahan saying, essentially, it’s us or them. Recently, executives from other industries advised the existing tours that it’s time to innovate in the face of a potential disruptor.

Hoffman, 43, is a four-time winner on the PGA Tour whose last victory was nearly four years ago. He has been on a steady slide in the Official World Golf Ranking in the past three years, falling from a career-high 20th in late 2017 to 167th today.

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