The pinnacle of the proposed Premier Golf League is hoping to have a dialog with PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan and has reached out to him this week with hopes of explaining his idea.
Andy Gardiner, the CEO of the Premier Golf League, informed ESPN an interview Wednesday that he is been searching for such a gathering for 2 years.
“All we wish is a dialog,” Gardiner mentioned. “We have by no means been the enemy. However I can perceive why we have been perceived as such. However we would like to be associates. I’ve not had that chance to this point. And I might be redoubling my efforts. We need to have a dialog in the very best manner to make sure they perceive the place we’re coming from and why we’re doing it and to make sure that no person’s emotions might be laborious finished.”
The venture is backed by British-based World Golf Group and the concept has been within the works for greater than six years, with the fundamentals being a 18-tournament schedule from January to August with 48 gamers in 54-hole tournaments that would begin in 2023.
Gardiner mentioned there would even be girls’s and junior elements to the tour, which might usually be performed Friday via Sunday, with the primary two rounds performed as a shotgun begin and twosomes for the ultimate spherical. The concept is to have 12 occasions within the U.S. and 6 others performed internationally, with room for the main championships and Ryder Cup.
The massive hook for attainable gamers is $20 million weekly purses. Not like the Saudi-backed Tremendous League Golf, which made headlines final month when phrase got here out about large sign-on charges for the highest gamers, the Premier Golf League — which at one time entertained the Saudis — is performance-based.
That mentioned, with $150,000 minimums for ending final per week, a participant stands to earn no less than $3 million per 12 months, not together with any group payouts.
Making this work with the PGA Tour is a big sticking level. Regardless of Tour gamers being categorized as unbiased contractors, they nonetheless are topic to laws to be a part of the PGA Tour. Amongst them is the Tour proudly owning their media rights.
Which means a participant who needs to play in a competing occasion should get a launch from the PGA Tour, or in essence, permission. When Phil Mickelson, for instance, determined to play within the Saudi Worldwide in February versus the PGA Tour’s Waste Administration Phoenix Open, he needed to search a launch.
A participant is often granted three of those per 12 months in return for assembly Tour obligations, which embrace taking part in a minimal of 15 occasions. To get extra, in concept, different necessities could be requested.
Gamers comparable to Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm, who’re from Northern Eire and Eire, respectively, are allowed to play limitless occasions in Europe on their “house” tour as lengthy they keep their 15-event minimal on the PGA Tour — a stipulation for which the Tour is sort of strict.
In 2015, Germany’s Martin Kaymer — who had received the Gamers Championship and U.S. Open the 12 months prior — misplaced his PGA Tour membership in 2016 as a result of he had not met the 15-tournament minimal. He nonetheless had entry to PGA Tour occasions by way of sponsor exemptions, however was restricted to 12 complete together with the main championships. And he was not eligible for the FedEx Cup playoffs.
It’s troublesome to check the PGA Tour permitting somebody to play 18 occasions on one other circuit, as that could be a requirement of the PGL.
“It will be attention-grabbing to see what the place is,” Gardiner mentioned. “We’ve got made an strategy within the final 24 hours setting out our ideas in the very best manner. We simply need to have this dialog for these causes and we expect it is workable.
“We would require these within the league to commit on a contractual foundation so long as they’re match to play 18 in a season. We consider they’re unbiased contractors, and so long as they flip up as required, we will guarantee them that this would be the greatest place. It has been finished in Method One. It has been finished in tennis, different sports activities. Golf is without doubt one of the few sports activities left the place followers and broadcasters and sponsors are left with a lottery as to who they will get.
“I do know the prevailing PGA Tour guidelines. The gamers will finally determine the place they will play. There have been rumors of bans and never getting rating factors, however all people ought to have the precise to decide on how and when and the place they work. These guys are professionals. If the PGA Tour adjustments its guidelines that permits them to stay members … we hope that might be possible.”
For now, the PGA Tour is sustaining that any participant who joins the PGL or the Tremendous League Golf would lose their membership and face a attainable ban.
Additionally it is unclear how the Official World Golf Rating would deal with PGL occasions. Gardiner advised that the main championships would need the entire greatest gamers, and thus would possibly tailor their qualification standards.
Gardiner, 49, is a London-based legal professional who labored at a regulated funding administration firm that had dealings in golf. He lengthy heralded the concept of a “world tour” that he mentioned he was annoyed to by no means see come to move.
At one level, he penned a 100-page doc during which he put collectively his concept for a world tour during which the highest gamers would compete in opposition to one another from week to week. That advanced into the Premier Golf League, which first surfaced publicly in January of 2020.
Gardiner mentioned the group was not able to go public at the moment, and the coronavirus served to place it within the background. However someday final 12 months, the PGL entered into severe discussions with the European Tour about some type of partnership – which was aborted when the PGA Tour and the European Tour fashioned a strategic alliance in November.
“It took slightly second to step again and rethink our path,” Gardiner mentioned. “It was at that second that we started to work and put our timetable in place. We would have liked to let everybody know what we’re about. Right here we’re. What motivates us. We began this as followers of the sport and we’re nonetheless huge followers of the sport. We’re solely doing what we’re doing as a result of we consider it will likely be higher long run for the league to exist. We went again and reapplied all the pieces we realized.”
Among the many adjustments had been a rise in purses to $20 million per week and a participant draft idea that can see the 48 gamers come from the 12 groups with house owners who could or will not be gamers. There may be additionally a Thirteenth-team element that might see a fan-owned group that chooses gamers.
Not like the PGA Tour, the PGL would personal the entire tournaments. As an alternative of title sponsors, there could be varied groupings of sponsors would usually be on board for all 18 tournaments.
Gardiner mentioned that no offers have been struck with any gamers, venues or broadcast networks, though quite a few conversations have taken place on all of these ranges.
“To keep up confidences, I’ve by no means named people,” Gardiner mentioned. “I can say the dialogue we have had with gamers or their brokers has given us a powerful cross part of our market and the reply is we have spoken to almost everybody.”