Numerous the world’s high names have defied sanctions from the established excursions to enroll in the profitable Saudi-backed circuit, which phases its second match in Portland, Oregon this week.
Harrington, the newly-crowned US Senior Open champion, believes the American-based PGA Tour is powerful sufficient to outlive the lack of these main gamers however is much less positive how its European counterpart will fare.
Padraig Harrington fears for the way forward for the DP World Tour because the controversial LIV Golf sequence continues to ship shockwaves via the game.
The Irishman stated: “I really feel for the European Tour as a result of there’s positively room for 2 excursions, there’s little question about it, however is there room for extra?
“It seems just like the European Tour is the one who may come underneath strain and be squeezed.
“LIV seems prefer it’s going to be right here to remain. In three, 4, 5 years’ time, all of this could possibly be very normalised, and there could possibly be the US Tour and the LIV Tour contending for the hearts and minds of the gamers.
“Let’s hope that the European Tour can sustain. We do want a really sturdy European Tour.”
One of many strongest draw playing cards the DP World Tour can provide European gamers is the chance to take part within the Ryder Cup.
Harrington, who captained Europe in final yr’s loss to the US at Whistling Straits, just isn’t but positive what affect the cut up within the sport may have on the biennial contest.
The 50-year-old stated: “If there are two huge excursions it appears to be good for the majors – the one time the perfect gamers would play (one another) is within the majors.
“That served the Ryder Cup rather well through the years within the sense of a rivalry between Europe and the US.
“If I’m going again to once I performed in ’99, I didn’t know the US gamers whereas now all of us play the identical tournaments, so we’re all fairly pleasant.
“It may add spice to the Ryder Cup, however I don’t know the way that’s going to finish up when it comes to whether or not the gamers can play, or with the captains and vice-captains. It actually is difficult to know what will be the way forward for it.”
LIV Golf is making an attempt to broaden the enchantment of the game with its streamlined 54-hole tournaments, simultaneous “shotgun” begins and a crew factor to its competitions. Nonetheless, it’s the extraordinary monetary backing behind it that has allowed it to realize a foothold, with the likes of Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau reportedly provided nine-figure offers to enroll.
Harrington stated: “As a lot because the media talks concerning the gamers who’ve gone, a number of the gamers who haven’t gone don’t get sufficient credit score.