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PGA Tour, LIV Golf to merge

LIV Golf Invitational - DC - Day Three
STERLING, VIRGINIA – MAY 28: Members of Torque GC celebrate after winning the team portion of the LIV Golf Invitational – DC at Trump National Golf Club on May 28, 2023 in Sterling, Virginia. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The PGA Tour and Saudi government backed LIV Golf have agreed to a merger according to multiple reports.

The surprising announcement comes months after litigation between LIV and the PGA Tour, which both had filed lawsuits against the other.

LIV Golf was born in the Summer of 2022 when the start-up league added Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Cameron Smith and Bryson DeChambeau to their roster.

The PGA responded at the time by implying that golfers who choose to play in a new league would be barred from PGA Tour events.

“After two years of disruption and distraction, this is a historic day for the game we all know and love,” PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said in the statement. “This transformational partnership recognizes the immeasurable strength of the PGA Tour’s history, legacy and pro-competitive model and combines with it the DP World Tour and LIV — including the team golf concept — to create an organization that will benefit golf’s players, commercial and charitable partners and fans. Going forward, fans can be confident that we will, collectively, deliver on the promise we’ve always made — to promote competition of the best in professional golf and that we are committed to securing and driving the game’s future.”