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Writing on the wall

Donald Trump predicted the PGA Tour-LIV Golf merger almost exactly a year ago

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Rob Carr

By now you’ve already heard the news. It’s been beamed straight into your eyeholes, earholes and, um, other holes. The PGA Tour and LIV Golf — opposing sides of a particularly bitter professional golf feud over the past year and a half — have laid down their arms and joined hand-in-hand in sweet golf harmony. The news came as a surprise to everyone, including players on both sides who were just as blindsided as the golf media who were just blindsided as golf fans who were just as blindsided as your mom’s second cousin Dave, who probably just texted you about it. In fact, the only person who didn’t seem to get a proverbial shaving-cream pie to the face on Tuesday morning was former president Donald Trump, who predicted this exact outcome almost a year ago.

Many either dismissed (or entirely missed) Trump’s prediction because it happened on Truth Social after he was booted from Twitter for spreading factually dubious claims about election fraud, amongst other things. So if you shrugged off the prediction as Trump once again crying wolf, pandering to his base or protecting his business interests (Trump Bedminster will host its second LIV Golf tournament this August), we wouldn’t blame you. As it turns out, however, he had it sized up from the start:

Your employer will not show loyalty to you when the chips are down, he warned PGA Tour players. Take the money and run.

You may love the 45th president, you may loathe him, but as both a corporate tycoon and master of grift, Trump was uniquely qualified to see this situation for what it was — a business decision. Golf media and PGA Tour defenders like Rory McIlroy made the mistake of thinking this was about ethics and morals; that, for the first time in the history of the universe, the nice guys might not finish last. They were wrong, Trump was right, as much as it might pain you to admit it.