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Saudi Arabia government’s Private Investment Fund has put $200m into the rival circuit which has led to fears of a Super League in the sport. Montgomerie says the money motivation in golf is “problematic”.
“It’s a shame it’s come to this. We used to work well with the Asian Tour and now we are at loggerheads because of money,” Montgomerie told BBC Sport.
“It’s a problematic issue. It’s that horrible, evil word, money. The mighty dollar ruling people’s hearts and minds.
“We never played the game for money as such on the European Tour [now DP World Tour] when I first started out. I was trying to see how much better I could get as a golfer. Now it’s all about that evil word, money.
“It’s a shame. Let’s hope the European Tour is closer to the PGA Tour than we’ve ever been before and we can fight it off.”
Saudi Arabia is investing in sports in a bid to distance itself from its human rights record, a move called sportswashing. The upcoming Saudi International is the Asia Tour’s flagship event and it’s attracted a wealth of stars including Bubba Watson, Bryson DeChambeau and Lee Westwood.
Montgomerie added it’s a shame the money invested wasn’t put towards a better cause.
“That money could have been used to promote the women’s game,” he added. “It’s a ridiculous amount of money to be thrown at people who don’t need it.