In the midst of LIV Golf’s first offseason, there is a chance for the new Tour to continue its’ strong recruitment campaign. As many names are swirling about in the news rumor mills, one prominent name has already shut the door on LIV Golf, as Adam Scott has pledged his allegiance to the PGA Tour in recent days.
The 42-year-old Australian was rumored to be joining fellow countrymen Cam Smith’s LIV Golf team, but it seems as though he is not quite ready to make the switch saying:
"“I don’t live in the States, but I’m going to spend way more time in the States next year to compete seriously. “I can’t be flying all around the world playing against guys who don’t.”"
This is a clear indication that Adam Scott thinks he has an opportunity to revive his career, and the 3-time Major Champion will have long-time caddy, Steve Williams, back on his bag going forward.
After spending his entire career on the PGA Tour, it’s evident that Scott has some unfinished business.
"“I want to fulfill my dreams and goals as a player and time is less on my side now. I have to do everything I can to make sure I give myself the best chance. I still haven’t achieved all the things I want to achieve in my own career.” – Adam Scott"
This is a true testament to the perseverance of Adam Scott as a golfer
It’s a shift in the mentality of many other veteran golfers. Former stars like Lee Westwood, Phil Mickelson, and Ian Poulter made the quick transition to Greg Norman’s rival Tour, acknowledging that their best golf is behind them.
The opportunity of one last large payday proved too much to turn down and they made the decision that Adam Scott simply couldn’t.
Now, this does not mean that Scott will never leave for LIV Golf, but instead that the veteran has chosen to stay put for now. Another blow for Norman and his recruitment efforts, though if there is anything we have learned, Greg won’t be giving up easily.
Adam Scott, who is currently ranked 36th in the official world golf rankings, hasn’t won in quite some time.
His last victory came all the way back in February 2020 at the Genesis Invitational. However, that didn’t stop Scott from finishing 17th in this year’s Player Impact Program (PIP) rankings, on his way to earning a cool $2 million.
As for Adam’s close friend, Cam Smith, he recently admitted that one of the sport’s best tried to persuade him to stay with the PGA Tour, that player was Rory McIlroy.
"“I’ve always had respect for Rory, and I’ve liked what he says on the golf course. He said, ‘Congrats’. There were maybe a couple of little jabs in there. He was happy I played well, and it was a good tournament. Then we talked about the PGA Tour and LIV. There was a bunch of stuff he wanted me to know before I made my decision. I wouldn’t say he tried to directly talk me out of it, but he definitely wanted me to stay.” – Cam Smith"
Smith seemingly did not have similar conversations with Adam Scott, or maybe he attempted to and it simply did not work. Regardless, there is plenty of recruitment going on behind the scenes on both Tours as this rivalry should only heat up once again come the spring.
PGA Tour vs. LIV Golf, get used to it.