Thomas Pieters, the Belgian golfer, has expressed that he is willing to forgo leaving a golf legacy and instead take advantage of the financial rewards offered by the LIV Golf League. Pieters, 31, is content with his decision to join the Saudi-backed league, as his main priority is to lead a comfortable life and ensure his family’s happiness.
Although he acknowledged the criticism he received for accepting the money, he noted that numerous businesses and companies were financed by money from the same region.
According to Pieters, contentment is not solely derived from playing golf, and he is willing to sacrifice that aspect. Despite facing disapproval, Pieters is convinced that he has made the best choice for himself and his loved ones.
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Belgian golfer opens up about his decision to join LIV Golf league and the importance of family happiness over leaving a legacy in golf
During his appearance on Barstool Sports’ Fore Play podcast, Thomas Pieters admitted to not enjoying his time on the PGA Tour, describing it as a solitary lifestyle. Despite potentially sacrificing a Ryder Cup return and reducing his opportunities to play in Majors, he remains content with his choice to join LIV Golf.
According to Pieters, he gave the PGA Tour a chance but found it wasn’t for him, citing feelings of isolation. He ultimately decided to join LIV Golf due to the significant financial benefits it offered.
Pieters admitted that joining LIV Golf would mean forfeiting his chance of creating a golfing legacy, but he was not worried about it as he valued happiness beyond the sport. He expressed contentment with having a favorable schedule and quality time with his family.
Pieters has refrained from taking part in political debates regarding the Saudi Arabia PIF funding for LIV Golf. He argued that criticisms were hypocritical as many things people use daily were funded by Saudi money. This season, Pieters was the star signing of the LIV Golf League, receiving a reported $10m signing fee to join Bubba Watson’s RangeGoats team.
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