Butch Harmon warns against "getting into bed" with Saudis

Butch Harmon

Butch Harmon has echoed Rory McIlroy’s skepticism about the Premier Golf League, describing the proposed breakaway tour as “a money-grab.”

Announced in January, the Premier Golf League has been pitched as an alternative to the PGA Tour and European Tour in what appears to be a realisation of long-mooted plans for a world tour.

It is believed that the tour would comprise an 18-event schedule, starting in 2022 and running from January to September. Each event would be 54 holes, have no cut, be restricted to 48-player fields and be worth an eye-popping $10m.

However, not even that has been enough to persuade some of the game’s leading lights to take an interest.

• Meet the tours that are refusing to shut down

• Introducing bunkered's 'School of Golf'

• Report: Top coach has coronavirus

World No.1 McIlroy was the first high-profile golfer to rule himself out of the start-up circuit, citing concerns over the fact that the tour is being bankrolled by money from Saudi Arabia. He has since been followed in saying ‘no’ by the world No.2 and No.3, Jon Rahm and Brooks Koepka.

Speaking to Jamie Weir on Sky Sports News over the weekend, legendary coach Harmon offered his own withering assessment of the PGL.


“I’m not in favour of it to be honest with you,” said the American. “It looks like a money-grab to me. I think, at some point, in time, it’s not all about the money. These guys all make a tremendous amount of money from both tours, the European Tour and the US tour. I think sometimes you have to look at what gave you the opportunity to be who you are and that has been the various tours around the world.

• WATCH - DJ launches outrages 'lefty' drive

• CONFIRMED! New date for year's first major!

• 5 simple ways to stay safe on the course

“And, secondly, I’m not sure you want to get in bed with the Saudis. An 18-tournament schedule, kind of team events and stuff, I don’t think you want people in Saudi Arabia [just] because they’re putting up the money telling you where you need to play. 

"Tour players are independent contractors. The US tour has a tremendous pension programme for all of its players. So I really hope that it doesn’t happen.”

Share this Article

twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
I TEST JON RAHM’S NEW IRONS! – Callaway Apex TCB review
play button
Top 5 tips to help you conquer the MENTAL game
mental game
play button
PUTTER BATTLE! – Three of the best 2021 models compared
taylormade putters 2021
play button
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

WATCH: Adare Manor makes significant course improvements
Study: New data reveals massive UK golf boom
Euan Walker agrees partnership with Scots club
Scots club targeted by arsonists
Justin Thomas “doesn’t like” rangefinders

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
The correct grip pressure
play button
Rotate behind the ball
play button
How to improve your ball striking
play button
Don’t shorten your backswing
See all videos right arrow