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‘There’s no substance to it’: LIV Golf can’t be taken seriously, claims Ernie Els

Four-time winner Ernie Els insist LIV Golf Series cannot be taken seriously and only interfere with “real golf”.

The final three additions to the Saudi-backed breakaway are expected to be announced in the next 24 hours, along with the Ryder Cup captain Henrik Stenson controversially expected to be one of them.

LIV’s third event in this year’s eight-game inaugural series will take place next week at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey, where the new players will debut.

But Els said the breakaway lacked legitimacy and, without world ranking points, made no sense.

“Just because you’re playing for US$20m a week doesn’t change that,” the South African told Golf Digest ahead of the Gleneagles Seniors Open.

“It’s still 54 holes. There is no basis to it, there is no substance to it. You can’t have a 48-man tour playing golf without a cup and expect the world to take you seriously. It will not arrive.”

Els believes the only way forward is for the PGA Tour, DP World Tour and LIV Golf to come to an arrangement that gives players the freedom to play in the breakaway without affecting the regular schedule.

“My perspective – and I discussed this with the Saudi people a long time ago – has always been to do things with big tours,” he added.

“And play it in the off season (September to December). It wouldn’t interfere with any of the main tours. It wouldn’t interfere with real golf as we know it.

‘There’s no substance to it’: LIV Golf can’t be taken seriously, claims Ernie Els

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