Alan Shipnuck, an award-winning journalist, is set to release a book titled “LIV and Let Die,” which details the fallout from the merger between LIV Golf and the PGA Tour. In the book, Shipnuck claims that Rory McIlroy, who was a staunch defender of the PGA Tour against LIV Golf, had his heart broken by the merger. Shipnuck describes McIlroy as an idealist who fought for something larger than himself but was ultimately betrayed by the PGA Tour’s decision to merge with LIV Golf’s Saudi backers.
According to Shipnuck, McIlroy’s strong stance in support of the PGA Tour left his fellow professionals divided. While some admired McIlroy for his advocacy, others accused him of fighting for his own financial interests rather than the integrity of the tour. Shipnuck reveals that McIlroy’s close friend and adviser, Jimmy Dunne, played a significant role in the merger and crushed McIlroy’s hopes and dreams with the deal.
Shipnuck’s book also sheds light on the behind-the-scenes tensions in professional golf. He claims that Brooks Koepka directed derogatory remarks towards Justin Thomas and other players, calling them “country club kids.” These revelations have drawn criticism from some players, with Thomas accusing Shipnuck of bashing players and spreading incorrect information. Koepka also chimed in, defending his decision to join LIV Golf and expressing his disregard for what others think of him.
Shipnuck, however, dismisses the players’ complaints and asserts that he is merely recording the volatile state of professional golf. He argues that the players want fame and money without facing scrutiny. Shipnuck also defends his work, stating that he is writing books to support his family and does not owe any apologies to the players.
“LIV and Let Die: the Inside Story of the War Between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf” will be released on Tuesday, coinciding with LIV Golf’s finale at Trump National Doral in Miami. The book promises to provide an inside look at the bitter civil war between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf and the ramifications of their merger.