LPGA Tour Commissioner Opens LIV Golf Talk: ‘I Have to Evaluate Every Opportunity’

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PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan expressed feelings for rival LIV Golf League well known at the moment, but his LPGA Tour colleague might not quite agree with him.

Commissioner Molly Marku Samaan told the Times of London this week that she was ready to speak with LIV CEO Greg Norman after comments he made last week about expanding the league to women’s golf.

Molly Marku Samaan, Commissioner of the LPGA, during a press conference during the second round of the HSBC Women's World Championship at the Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore on March 4, 2022.

Molly Marku Samaan, Commissioner of the LPGA, during a press conference during the second round of the HSBC Women’s World Championship at the Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore on March 4, 2022.
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“I have to evaluate every opportunity,” Marku Samaan. told the outlet. “I would jump in if it would help us achieve our goal of promoting women’s golf, but players and sponsors need to be involved. There are many factors to consider before starting a partnership with LIV Golf.”

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Earlier this month, Norman said he was “100% confident” in the creation of a women’s LIV Golf league. according to The Palm Beach Post.

LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman (right) congratulates Branden Grace, winner of the Portland Invitational LIV Golf in North Plains, Oregon on July 2, 2022.

LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman (right) congratulates Branden Grace, winner of the Portland Invitational LIV Golf in North Plains, Oregon on July 2, 2022.
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“We discussed it internally, the possibility is there,” he added, before explaining his reasoning. “Aramco is already the largest sponsor of women’s golf in the world. Aramco, a Saudi company.

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In addition to sponsorship, the Saudi oil company sponsors six events on the Women’s European Tour, including the Aramco Team Series.

From left to right: England's Mia Baker, South Africa's Nicole Garcia, Norway's Madeleine Stavnar and USA's Kelly Whaley celebrate their team victory on Day 3 of the Aramco Team Series in London at the Centurion Club in St Albans.  England, 18 June 2022.

From left to right: England’s Mia Baker, South Africa’s Nicole Garcia, Norway’s Madeleine Stavnar and USA’s Kelly Whaley celebrate their team victory on Day 3 of the Aramco Team Series in London at the Centurion Club in St Albans. England, 18 June 2022.
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Players from PGA Tour and European Tour have been moving to LIV Golf for weeks now due to huge signup bonuses and tournament wallets. While some judge their financial motivation, the same cannot be said for the women’s game.

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“Let’s put it this way, I think you’ll see pretty much the entire tour here,” 20-time LPGA Tour winner Christy Kerr said last month. “What we’re playing for here, compared to the Men’s Tour, is on a different scale.”