PGA Tour and DP World Tour wanted to strengthen their partnership, and the biggest reason is probably the arrival of LIV Golf. Their partnership is extended until 2035 and it is clear that they want to work together to improve golf and show that they are strong partners.
Keith Pelley, chief executive officer of the DP World Tour, is happy to extend the collaboration and this will further improve their relationship which is already good.
“Building on the success of the existing Strategic Alliance between ourselves and the PGA Tour will significantly enhance the meritocracy that has successfully served the professional game on both sides of the Atlantic for more than 50 years.
It is a natural extension and progression of what we have been doing over the past few years and I passionately believe that this move is the right thing for our players, our Tour, our fans, and the game of golf in general.
Our two tours have undoubtedly drawn closer over the past few years and today’s announcement strengthens both Tours for the betterment of both memberships.” – Keith Pelley, chief executive officer of the DP World Tour said, as quoted by skysports.
Jay Monahan reaction
PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan has also expressed satisfaction with the new collaboration and hopes to maintain such good relations in the future. This relationship will mean a lot for the development of the golf scene and progress.
“It was clear from the outset that our Strategic Partnership with the European Tour Group was a powerful agreement for both sides, and we are thrilled with today’s announcement of this expanded partnership,” Monahan said.
“We will continue to collaborate on a global schedule and key commercial areas as we draw our organizations and memberships even closer together while innovating to provide the most entertaining and compelling golf possible to fans around the world.”
Some feel that with this move, the PGA Tour and DP World Tour are sending a clear message to LIV Golf backed up by Saudi Arabia.