“Who Cares?”: Tyrrell Hatton is ridiculed mercilessly by the legend, who calls Tiger Woods the only active “needle mover” in golf.

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One more betrayal to LIV Golf! Yes, Tyrrell Hatton is joining Jon Rahm’s Legion XIII GC and the Saudi-backed League for an alleged $60 million. In addition, the sport—particularly the PGA Tour and the European circuit—is expected to be impacted by his switch to the alternate circuit. But there is one legend of the game that doesn’t agree.

The Englishman’s move to LIV Golf was discussed by the senior circuit veteran in a recent interview with Golf Today. But in the process, he poked fun at the golfer and brought up Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods, calling them the “needle movers” of the game!

In an earlier interview with Damon Hack and Eamon Lynch, the ruthless 69-year-old Peter Jacobsen questioned Hatton’s defection, asking, “Who cares?” Tyrrell Hatton “does not impact the PGA Tour,” according to Jacobson, who then revealed that “there’s only been two needle movers in the game… people stop and watch,” making reference to Woods and Palmer. Given that the other of the two passed away in 2016, the 15-time major winner is unquestionably the only remaining “needle mover.”

The 1995 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am winner continued by saying that all other professionals, such as Greg Norman, Nick Faldo, and Jack Nicklaus, “benefit from these needle movers.” Jacobsen went on to say that if he were appointed commissioner for the day, he would instruct “the players in the business of the PGA Tour.” Regarding the entire incident, the remorseful American stated, “I just wish the players today would be a little more committed to their organization.”

The seven-time PGA Tour champion immediately emphasized the true “strength” of the circuit: “the organization, the communities where we play, and the charities we support,” even though he was somewhat understanding of Hatton’s desire to “make money” for himself. The former golfer reiterated his opening statement to the interview as he concluded, saying, “Players come and players go.”

He did, however, express his opinions clearly about the players—particularly Tyrrell Hatton—leaving the PGA Tour to join LIV Golf. While all of this is going on, though, it’s impossible to ignore the curiosity over how the Englishman’s career as a DP World Tour pro will be affected by the jump.

Technically, the athlete will still be able to compete on the European tour. But for each event Tyrrell Hatton competes in on the PIF-funded circuit, he will be fined and banned. Participating in a LIV Golf event carries a penalty of around $95,000, and the suspension is set at one week, both determined by the tournament.

Even yet, Tyrrell Hatton’s hopping ships surprised the golf community, particularly considering that he had just denied the same thing not so long ago. The former winner of the PGA Tour had previously declared his intention to stick with the men’s circuit before startling everyone with his leap. Even if the retired golfer stated that he wouldn’t affect the tour, time will tell if it turns out to be the case!

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