Rahm and Koepka provide Masters victories for various sides of golf divide

Champion offers validation for traditional ecosystem but Mickelson’s heroics show LIV rebels can still mix with the best at the majors

The zany world of golf has never been better explained than the prize fund this week at the RBC Heritage event on the PGA Tour. This standard competition stop carries a $20m purse, making it $2m more lucrative than the Masters. So much for after the lord mayor’s show.

The reason for this anomaly, of course, can be found in the multiple kitchen sinks the Tour threw at leading players in order to prevent a talent drain to LIV Golf. Those in the top echelon have never had it so good. In return, tournaments such as the RBC event this week at Harbour Town have star appeal.

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