Xander Schauffele confident PGA Tour's talent can outclass LIV Golf


The brand-new LIV Golf series keeps adding high-profile players to its circuit. According to the Daily Telegraph, four-time major champion Brooks Koepka is leaving the PGA Tour to join the rival Saudi-backed league, which held its first event in London from June 9-11. Koepka, who's currently ranked No. 19 in the world, joins a cast of superstars that features Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, and Patrick Reed. LIV Golf's next event starts June 30.

The PGA Tour recently announced suspensions for the 17 members who took part in LIV Golf's first event, and it's safe to assume that Koepka will be added to that list soon. According to Golf Digest insider Dan Rapoport, the PGA Tour held a players-only meeting Tuesday, and Tour commissioner Jay Monahan is set to speak at a press conference Wednesday. With major tournaments open to LIV Golf members, the circuit has become an appealing and more lucrative option. And the sudden changes have caught Xander Schauffele's attention.

"I don't hold it against any individual who leaves -- selfishly, it's competition. And it's good competition," the PGA Tour member told The Zach Gelb Show on Tuesday. "I like to compete. That's why I'm at the Travelers. And some of the best players in the world are here, competing after a major. But, people have their reasons for going. And like I said, I don't hold it against them. I'm just selfishly sad I don't get to play against them anymore, at this moment...

"I see myself right now trying to find a way to keep guys on the Tour, versus being one to bail. I'm very happy with what's going on with the Tour, for the most part... I feel like there's enough on this tour and enough talent on this tour to make it the best in the world and keep it the best... I'm 28 years old, and I want to win majors and PGA Tour events... Actions speak louder than words. And so, right now, my actions are to stay on the Tour."

The entire golf conversation between Schauffele and Gelb can be accessed in the audio player above.

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