Tension among players and caddies as LIV stop paying travel expenses

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Brooks Koepka and his caddie Ricky Elliott (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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LIV Golf are reportedly set to stop paying travel expenses for players and caddies this season.

Among the incentives offered upon joining LIV Golf, the covering of expenses of the players and caddies was one of the standout benefits of joining the Saudi backed tour as well as the lucrative, multi million dollar deals.

The treatment of caddies on LIV Golf received widespread praise during its inaugural season with Austin Johnson, the brother and caddie of Dustin describing it as ‘life changing’ last year.

Alan Shipnuck of the Fire Pit Collective is reporting that paying expenses for both players and caddies is to be shelved.

Last year it was announced that LIV Golf had made ‘virtually zero revenue’ with many people sceptical over the longevity of their business model.

The cutting back on expenses has already led to division in the LIV ranks with one anonymous golfer telling Shipnuck that tension is rife.

“There is already tension,” they said. “This week some caddies flew economy and are staying at a motor inn, while [the loopers from Brooks Koepka’s Smash] flew business class and are staying at the [swank] Rosewood.”

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