Jun 9, 2014; Pinehurst, NC, USA; Curtis Strange during a press conference prior to the start of the 114th U.S. Open at Course No. 2 at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Former PGA Tour golfer Curtis Strange admitted the reason why so many golfers left the PGA for the LIV: It’s the money.


“You know, there’s one reason these players are going, and one reason only, and that’s the appearance money,” Strange told Fox News.

“I used to go overseas two or three times a year when I was playing well, and it was about the money. It was about appearance fees. But, at the same time, you were playing in tournaments that had substantial prize money. So you always try. I mean, but they were real-life world ranking tournaments, so it meant something — financially, reward-wise as far as world ranking points and your status in the game, which is very important. This is not the case.”

Although Strange says he gets why players left the tour, he also called players out for some of their lame excuses for leaving.

“I understand the players going. I do because it’s so large, it’s life-changing,” he said. “It isn’t about not liking the tour. This isn’t about what the tour hasn’t done. It isn’t about I want to see my family more in a year. It is not about having more time to myself. These guys don’t play that much anyway. It’s all about this huge appearance money. And that’s it. That’s the bottom line.”


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