Golf’s hallowed grounds at Augusta National are this week the front line in golf’s war between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf, with the rival groups meeting at the 87th Masters.
But while many might’ve been expecting a full scale battle between the warring factions, the opening days at Augusta have remained civil with acceptance on both sides slowly, but surely, creeping in.
The increasing ease that PGA Tour players have with defectors, and the Saudi-backed LIV Golf threat in general, can only be seen as a concerning sign for the breakaway circuit.
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When LIV Golf was seen as an existential threat to the PGA Tour with its $25 million (A$37m) purses, the establishment kicked and scratched, panicked by the rival league going from pipedream to legitimate overnight.