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The exodus of star players from the PGA Tour continued on Wednesday with Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed reportedly set to join the LIV Golf Series.
for every James Corrigan subordinate telegraphDeChambeau and Reed agreed to “million dollar deals” to leave the PGA Tour in favor of the Saudi Arabia-funded startup.
At least eight players, including DeChambeau and Reed, have quit their PGA Tour membership to join LIV Golf.
Dustin Johnson, Kevin Na, Sergio Garcia, Louis Oosthuizen, Charles Schwarzl and formerly Branden Grace announce They were walking away from the PGA Tour.
Phil Mickelson has also announced that he will play for LIV, but retains his PGA Tour membership card.
Corrigan noted that “it is understood” that Ricky Fowler is “about to be confirmed” for the LIV tour as well.
for every Dan Rappaport From Golf DigestPlayers proactively resign from the PGA Tour to join the LIV to avoid potential PGA discipline.
“The goal is to avoid any kind of penalties,” one customer told Rappaport. “It’s a perceived influence game. You can’t kick me out if you leave. “
PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said in a statement The members were “not authorized to participate in the London Saudi Golf League event” and will be subject to “disciplinary action” for violating tournament regulations.
There has been no official confirmation of how much money players are being paid to participate in LIV Golf, but Brentley Romaine at The Golf Canal It was reported that Mickelson’s contract with the series is worth about $200 million.
One issue that has not been clarified is whether LIV players can participate in major golf games that are not powered by the PGA Tour.
American Golf Association Says LIV golfers can compete in the US Open, which begins June 16.
LIV will hold its first event at the Centurion Club in London, starting Thursday.