Transcript for Golf world reacts to bombshell PGA, LIV merger
- Now, the big story shaking up the golf world. The PGA is teaming up with Saudi-backed LIV Golf, ending a feud that divided the golf world, is now drawing new criticism. DeMarco Morgan has the story. Good morning, DeMarco.
- And a very good morning to you guys. Now, the move comes as a big surprise to many in the world of golf. A decision that's not sitting too well with some of its biggest critics, families of those killed in the 9/11 attacks. But it's the players who are speaking out this morning.
This morning, a move sending shockwaves through professional golf.
ANNOUNCER: Koepka conquers the PGA.
DEMARCO MORGAN: The Saudi-backed LIV Tour, which has lured top players like Brooks Koepka and Phil Mickelson, to play exclusively for them by offering big bucks, is officially merging with the PGA TOUR.
- This ultimately is a decision that I think is in the best interests of all of the members of the PGA TOUR.
DEMARCO MORGAN: The new collectively owned-for-profit entity will receive financing from the Saudi Sovereign Wealth Fund, directly linked to a Saudi government with a history of human rights abuses.
- There's probably 100 players or maybe more in there. And I could tell you, there was a lot of maybe frustration and anger from the players inside there.
DEMARCO MORGAN: Dylan Wu, a professional golfer on the PGA TOUR was playing at the Canadian Open when he heard the news.
- I think everybody was like, what just happened? Because the PGA TOUR had just had such a strong stance against LIV Golf a couple of years ago. And said like, if you guys leave-- if these players leave who were on the PGA TOUR for a long time, like you won't be welcome back.
DEMARCO MORGAN: Insiders say the bottom line is about the bottom line, uniting the LIV golfers with PGA stars like Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.
- If you look big picture, if you look five years down the line, what this is going to lead to is a tour with more money that plays in more cities internationally.
- And just yesterday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken touched down in Saudi Arabia for a week of high-level talks. The White House refused to comment on the deal in Tuesday's briefing. This will be a talker for the days and weeks to come, most certainly.
- But plenty of others are commenting about what-- I mean, wow. All right, DeMarco, thanks so much. We'll see you on GMA3.
- Yes, ma'am.
ROBIN ROBERTS: All right.
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