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The Slam Podcast: Will the PGA Tour-LIV Golf merger fall apart?

Is time running out for the PGA Tour and the PIF to strike a deal? The NCG team address this and more on The Slam Podcast…

 

Oh Erik, what have you done to us?!

On the latest episode of The Slam Podcast – in association with Callaway – Matt Coles and Matt Chivers discuss Erik van Rooyen’s emotional victory at the World Wide Technology Championship.

He pledged his second PGA Tour win to his best friend Jon Trasamar who is suffering from cancer.

The team also discusses Adam Long’s mind-boggling achievement at El Cardonal, as he hits every single fairway at the event in Mexico.

The tour has also announced its members will be allowed to play in the LIV Golf Promotions event without repercussions – the team discusses whether more stars could play.

Will players turn up just to play for the prize money? Will this rule mean the PGA Tour loses more stars?

It has also been widely reported that the PGA Tour is in talks with a number of companies interested in becoming private equity partners of the circuit.

As the tour looks for more sources of investment and with the December 31 deadline for the agreement with the Public Investment Fund approaching, is golf’s biggest deal in jeopardy?

On a more light-hearted note, the team also talks about the DP World Tour’s latest fun feature with Andy Sullivan who broke 80 at the Belfry with just a 5 iron!

You know what to do! Listen to the latest episode of The Slam Podcast here!

Matt Chivers

Matt Chivers

Now on the wrong side of 25, Matt has been playing golf since the age of 13 and was largely inspired to take up the game by countless family members who played golf during his childhood.

Matt is a member at Royal Cinque Ports in Deal playing off a 5 handicap, just a pitching wedge away from his hometown of Dover where he went to school and grew up. He has previously been a member at Etchinghill and Walmer and Kingsdown in Kent.

Having studied history at the University of Liverpool, Matt went on to pass his NCTJ Exams in Manchester a year later to fulfil his lifelong ambition of becoming a journalist. He picked up work experience along the way at places such as the Racing Post, the Independent, Sportsbeat and the Lancashire Evening Post.

Matt joined NCG in February 2023 and is the website’s main source of tour news, features and opinion. He has reported live from events such as The Open, the Ryder Cup and The Players Championship, having also interviewed and spoken to the likes of Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell, Henrik Stenson, to name just a few.

Consuming tour golf on what is a 24/7 basis, you can come to Matt for informed views on the game and the latest updates on the PGA Tour, DP World Tour, LPGA Tour, Ladies European Tour and LIV Golf.

What’s in Matt’s bag: Cobra LTDx LS driver, Cobra LTDx 3-wood, TaylorMade P7MC irons, Ping Glide 4.0 wedges, Odyssey putter.

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