PGA defector Ian Poulter REVEALS meeting Yasir Al-Rumayyan in Jeddah, claims PIF governor assured him over LIV Golf’s future
Ian Poulter has expressed confidence in the future of LV Golf and revealed his conversation with Yasir Al-Rumayyan during the Jeddah event.
Ian Poulter and Yasir Al-Rumayyan [Pic Credit: Reuters/NY Times]
Ever since an agreement for merging between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf was announced, one thing kept on popping in the minds of many – what will happen to LIV Golf? Since then there have been several statements from Phil Mickelson and CEO Greg Norman that the league will stay. Ian Poulter has now joined them in this after revealing about having a conversation with Yasir Al-Rumayyan in Jeddah last week.
Poulter was one of the big European golfers who left the DP World Tour to play in the new breakaway league. As a result of this move, he was absent from the 2023 Ryder Cup squad. He recently opened up about how he was open to returning to the European circuit in the future.
With the grand finale of LIV Golf underway at Trump Doral in Miami, Poulter spoke about the future of golf. He revealed how Al-Rumayyan assured him that the league was here to stay.
Al-Rumayyan currently serves as the governor of the Public Investment Fund (PIF) which backs LIV Golf. He is reported to become an important figure in the future if the deal eventually goes through. However, his statements have once again given the LIV golfers and others wanting to join a sort of assurance regarding their own future as well.
Ian Poulter puts firm faith in PIF governor Yasir Al-Rumayyan
Since its establishment in 2021, LIV Golf has not been a fan favorite. Their different format along with the huge amount of money involved has seen the fans berate the league continuously. Following the merger announcement in June, Yasir Al-Rumayyan has become an even bigger figure in the golf industry. Golfer Ian Poulter has put his firm faith in the PIF governor for the betterment of golf.
The 47-year-old Englishman is confident that Al-Rumayyan will not let LIV to die. The governor himself assured the fans and players during the days after the merger that this league will continue to thrive.
I talked to His Excellency last week [at the LIV Jeddah event]. He told me never mind 2024, 2025 - LIV will go and on... He is passionate as he was at the very beginning in all this. He loves the concept, loves how it is progressing and the impact its made and is making.Poulter said as per The Telegraph.
Poulter will now be hoping that his words come true. The talks about the deal collapsing have also surfaced but PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan recently assured that they will have a positive outcome.
While speaking on LIV Golf, the Majesticks GC, the team of Poulter suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of the Fireball GC in the quarterfinal. As a result of this, they were eliminated from the team championship final.
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