By Fatiha Betscher, Renaissance Club, Scotland.
World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler has called for players to be more involved in the ‘partnership’ negotiations following yesterday’s revelations forthcoming from the Senate hearing in the US capital.
Scheffler’s not a member of the PGA Tour’s Player Advisory Board but as the game’s current best, last year’s Masters champion does have the ear of his fellow colleagues.
“For me I just try to keep my head down and play golf. I don’t get too involved in a lot of that stuff. I love playing golf on the PGA Tour and that’s the spot for me,” he said speaking ahead of this week’s Genesis Scottish Open.
“I’m hoping that’s going to exist for a long time. I felt like we were doing a good job before and then the agreement happened and now we have to navigate the whole deal.
“I think the Tour is working hard to try to get us more information but like I said, it’s tough when you’re in negotiations to make everything public. It’s hard to negotiate the public side. I understand the privacy of it but I just wish that definitely our player reps need to be more involved in the process.
“Right now what we are focused on is improving our tour, and I think the players have all really stuck together and that’s what’s important to me. And what goes on behind the scenes, I don’t share out here. It’s for y’alls’ knowledge. It’s for the players. I believe that the players are working together right now, which is exciting for me.”
Scheffler was asked his thoughts following comments from Sergio Garcia at the recent LIV event at Valderrama that he and Rory McIlroy have made-up and what is his own views on those who are now with LIV.
“When all those guys left, I didn’t have any hard feelings for anybody. If they wanted to go take the money and go over there and play, it’s their decision,” he said.
“It’s not my business to get into their business if that makes sense. As people, I didn’t think of them any differently. They just play golf on a different tour. It doesn’t mean that they are different people than they were a year ago.
“As far as my thoughts go, no relationships were harmed. I’m still friends with the guys I was friends with before. Some are on LIV and some are on the PGA TOUR. It is weird that I don’t get to see them throughout the year besides a handful of tournaments but none of my relationships were really fractured by them going to the LIV Tour.”
Scheffler tees-off over the opening two rounds of the Genesis Scottish Open in the company of more-than-likely Ryder Cup rivals Shane Lowry and Viktor Hovland.
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