2019 Open Championship winner, Shane Lowry has blasted the LIV Golf players teeing it up at the Wentworth Golf Club in Surrey, England, for the BMW PGA Championship 2022.
The 2022 BMW PGA Championship has just started. The 144-player field consists of 18 players, including the likes of Westwood, Poulter, and Garcia, who are now signed under the controversial LIV Golf banner. Their presence in the tournament has been criticized by many prominent golfers on the PGA Tour. The most vocal among them are Rory McIlroy, Shane Lowry, and Billy Horschel.
Lowry, in an interview with Sky Sports, stated his feelings about the whole situation regarding the LIV player participating in a PGA event. “I can’t say I’m 100% OK with everyone being here, but some of the guys, I kind of don’t mind them being here because of what they’ve done on the tour over the years,” said the Irishman.
This is as passionate and erudite as I’ve ever heard Shane be on golf’s ongoing soap opera. pic.twitter.com/9skSmXYNi4
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“There are certain guys that I can’t stand being here, to be honest, and I don’t like it that they’re here. I think the one thing that has really annoyed me over the last few months is how disruptive they’re all trying to be,” he added. Lowry was basically of the opinion that those players have defected to LIV because their Ryder Cup days are numbered.
As LIV, the Saudi-funded tour continues to be a headache to the PGA by causing multiple defections in a regular manner, the friction among the players of both tours continues to increase. PGA is expected to bring changes in the future that will ensure fewer LIV golfers’ participation.