“We have now each,” Love stated.
It was among the many bevy of questions associated to LIV Golf requested of Love and Worldwide group captain Trevor Immelman throughout Tuesday’s opening press convention – though the Saudi-backed breakaway league was by no means referred to by title.
Love has been probably the most outspoken supporters of the PGA Tour – and critics of LIV Golf – over the previous a number of months. Nonetheless, he insisted that Dustin Johnson, two-time main champion and former world primary who’s certainly one of LIV’s marquee signings, would have taken the spot of a participant in higher type had he been accessible for the Presidents Cup.
“On present type again a few months in the past, Dustin would have been a [captain’s] decide from wherever he was in factors – fairly far down. However he would have been a veteran decide,” Love stated when particularly requested about Johnson. “Clearly, he was the hero of the [Ryder Cup] group at Whistling Straits. He was a terrific accomplice for [Collin] Morikawa.
“So, sure, we miss him. However I believe, on factors, we’ve just about received the blokes we needed to get. We might have needed to make a spot for him as a decide additional down, until he received on an enormous roll within the FedEx Cup,” Love added. “There’s no speak in our group room about anyone lacking.”
The standard of the competitors has been a major subject this week. The USA has an 11-1-1 report within the occasion and Immelman’s roster contains eight rookies. He’s with out the likes of Australia’s Cameron Smith and South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen, who’ve joined LIV.
Immelman stated it was made very clear to these gamers forward of time that signing with LIV would imply dropping out on taking part in within the Presidents Cup.
“Each single participant that ended up going, and never going, knew what the state of affairs was. It was a part of the decision-making course of for all of them,” he stated. “Am I disenchanted they’re not capable of be right here? Yeah, completely. However we have now the 12 guys right here that we love and that needed to be right here. And now we get to go.
“We’re wanting ahead.”
Each captains took veiled photographs at LIV Golf throughout the 45-minute session.
Requested about being the massive favorite this week, Love stated, “It doesn’t actually matter who the favorite is in match play. That’s why within the common season (on the PGA Tour) we solely play it as soon as, since you by no means know what’s going to occur.”
The LIV Golf format consists of four-man groups competing in 54-hole, no-cut occasions with shotgun begins.
Immelman stated it was like “Christmas morning” for his eight rookies, who get to spend the week within the group room with former main champions Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama.
“Our group is a group that performs by the principles,” Immelman stated. “We’re a group of our phrase, a group of honour. And so, that’s the place we’re at.”
Love closed his portion of the media session by addressing one of many largest speaking factors within the battle between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf. A number of gamers who’ve made the transfer to LIV have stated a part of their resolution was to assist develop the sport of golf.
“There’s a little little bit of rigidity and strife within the sport proper now,” Love acknowledged. “However not among the many golf organisations. They’re working onerous to do the whole lot to develop the sport. We have to take the momentum from the pandemic, and everybody getting exterior and there’s no tee occasions and never sufficient golf balls. We have to take that momentum and proceed to develop the sport. And that’s what the PGA Tour does.
“No one else does it higher than the PGA Tour.”
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