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Patrick Cantlay claims the LIV Golf vs PGA Tour battle will be a ‘blip on the radar’

Patrick Cantlay believes the controversial ongoing battle between LIV Golf and the PGA Tour will look like a “blip on the radar” 10 years from now as he admits he’s not reacting as emotionally about the situation as some of his peers.

The Gulf civil war has left the sport in tatters, with Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy appearing to be leading PGA Tour loyalists against the Saudi rebels, with harsh comments coming from both sides.

However, Cantlay suggested ending the strained relationship between the warring camps, believing an intervention could be staged in the future to bring the two sides back together.

“It’s been so controversial and it feels like it’s still controversial,” Cantlay said in a press conference Wednesday ahead of this week’s Presidents Cup.

“I’d be surprised if there wasn’t an intervention because I just don’t know of any sport that has a legitimately broken sport.

“So I think by the time we’re in 10 years everyone will be like, ‘Oh yeah, that LIV stuff, I remember it,’ and we’ll be playing at least some of the same events as each other.

“I find it funny that people are so excited because maybe I’m not getting as emotional as everyone seems to be.

‘I might be wrong. I’m not saying I know there’s going to be a gathering. I’m just saying, if I look at all other sports, the best players play together.

“We had the American Football League, it went away, no one continued to play in the American Football League. There were other things in baseball.

“I just have a feeling that at some point when people start looking back at it, they’re going to be surprised to hear, ‘Oh man, it was really controversial,’ because it’s going to feel like a blip on the radar once it’s cleared up is. Right now, it’s very unknown.’

Since the startup parked its tanks on the PGA Tour turf, several big names like Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Kopeka and Cameron Smith have defected, fueling the rumor mill about who the next star to leave the ship might be.

Smith, in particular, had long been linked with a move to LIV before eventually joining for an alleged $100 million signup fee.

However, many reports of potential defectors have been false as former world Nos. Jon Rahm and Collin Morikawa have had to shut down rumours.

Cantlay stressed the importance of not getting caught up in the speculation and being accurate.

He said: “I think it’s important that everyone is informed. For everyone this is their business they run and so it’s really important to be accurate and up to date and not get caught up in any gossip.

“But they should at least understand what the decision is. Even if the decision to stay on tour is a non-decision, it is a decision.”

When later asked how he was dealing with the endless rumours, the American replied: “I just don’t believe it and I’m waiting until we have something that’s a fact.

“I mean, you hear, ‘Oh, there goes a new top 10 player’ all the time. We’ve been hearing stuff like this for a year or more. So until it actually happens, I don’t believe him.’

Cantlay will face his buddy Xander Schauffele on day one of the Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow in the first match of the foursomes on Thursday.

The pair, who won 2-0-0 in last year’s Ryder Cup, will look to claim the first point of the event for Davis Love III and Team USA.

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