US PGA winner Xander Schauffele admits to holding LIV Golf talks and tears into Jay Monahan

June 5, 2024

Xander Schauffele once again raised question marks over PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan, amid the American-based circuit’s ongoing saga with their LIV Golf rivals

Xander Schauffele admitted he did hold talks with representatives of LIV Golf, as the recently-crowned U.S. PGA champion reignited his frustrations with PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan.

Schauffele’s name has been at the centre of the PGA Tour-LIV Golf tug of war over the last two years, but has opted to remain loyal to the American-based circuit. The world No. 2 has announced himself as one of the sport’s biggest names in recent years, having not been outside of the top-15 in the world since 2018.

The one thing missing from the Olympic champion’s CV though was a major title, and he was finally able to tick this off at Valhalla last month after pipping Bryson DeChambeau to the PGA Championship crown.

In the aftermath Schauffele’s dad revealed that there was ‘no chance’ the American would make the Saudi switch to the LIV setup, and now the American himself has addressed his links to the rival league. “It’s funny, my friends used to send me screenshots of me as the favourite to join LIV,” he told The Times.

“The odds were solely based on me not commenting much, but actions speak louder than words. I’ve shown up to play PGA Tour events week in, week out. I love my job, this is where I’m at, and I don’t really see myself going anywhere else. I had to at least sit down and listen to what was being offered.

“But once I realised it wasn’t really going to fit in with how I envisioned my career, it just fizzled out.” Whilst he has pledged his allegiances to the PGA Tour, Schauffele has not been afraid to share his frustrations with those in charge, especially the circuit’s commissioner, Monahan.