Saturday LT column by Felipe Aguilar: Niemann, the gains of LIV Golf’s new ally

For Philippe Aguilar professional Chilean golfer on the European Tour

It’s not unreasonable to understand why Joaquín Niemann crossed the pond and left the PGA for LIV Golf. The benefits are gigantic and the facilities that this new tour allows are also special. For him, payments governed exclusively by performance and the commercial exploitation (without profit) of his image will be left behind. You will now reach a place where freedom is key. More money and fewer obligations.

But this formula is not new, at least not for the sport. The golf world may be shocked by the rush generated by the LIV, but in padel and football has been dragging on for several seasons . For example, in the first today reigns the Premier Padel, a dissident tour which, with the financial support of Qatar Sports Investments, has managed to remove the Word Padel Tour from its hegemonic place. As did? With the same measures taken by the new Niemann circuit: money to simply be there.

In football, the case is different, since has always been paid to walk the field . You don’t need to be the top scorer of the year or play every game in the season to receive your cheque. Something the PGA does.

Now, the big issue tackling the LIV is the issue of world ranking points, something that hopefully can change. It would be a shame to see the best players without the chance to reach, for example, the Olympic Games, simply because they sought another tour. Not having Joaco or Abraham Ancer in Paris would mean a blow to Latin America and the competition. If that happens, the PGA would win a battle in a war that you will have to learn to let go. Because long-term coexistence will pass yes or yes.

I think that despite everything that has happened on the networks these days and that Niemann was criticized for his decision, his true fans will always be there. At 23, he has golf and a future to give many joys, whether at the LIV or the PGA. I have no doubt that Chilean eyes will be on him. His name is already rooted wherever he is.

Source: Latercera

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