LIV Golf has refused to deny a report claiming Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed and Rickie Fowler will become the latest names to join the Saudi-backed series.
DeChambeau, Reed and Fowler are expected to sign up shortly, according to the Telegraphahead of the second tournament in the series in Portland, USA, which kicks off later this month.
DeChambeau’s manager, Brett Falkoff, has also hinted that the world number 28 will join the LIV Golf series. He said: “Bryson has always been an innovator. Having the opportunity to step into something unique has always intrigued him. Professional golf as we know it is changing and it’s happening. rapidly.”
The inaugural LIV Golf Series event begins Thursday at the Centurion Club, with Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Sergio Garcia among the 48 players.
In February, DeChambeau denied being offered £100m to join the tour and wrote on his official Twitter account: “Although there has been a lot of speculation around my backing another tour, I want to say very clearly that as long as the best players in the world play on the PGA Tour, so do I.”
DeChambeau, 28, distanced himself from the tour as recently as Thursday, saying he would not “risk” joining at this stage of his career.
“There’s obviously a lot of conversation,” the 2020 US Open winner said after his first round at the Memorial Tournament.
“For me, personally, I don’t think at this point I’m at a stage in my career where I can risk things like that.
In February, Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau snubbed the Saudi series and committed their future to the PGA Tour
“I’m loyal to my family that I’ve created around me with sponsors and everything. And right now the world of golf is probably going to change to some degree. I don’t know what it is. It’s not my job I’m just going to continue to play professional golf and enjoy it wherever it takes me, playing with the best players in the world That’s really all I have, that’s what I I will do for the rest of my life, because I want to be one of the best players in the world.”
Speaking yesterday, five-time PGA Tour winner Fowler, who was approached by the LIV Tour, said he was “intrigued” by the competition but hadn’t made up his mind anyway.
“Competition is a good thing, it always has been. LIV is definitely interesting and intriguing. It’s worth watching, but no, I haven’t made any decisions. It’s going to be interesting to see how everything takes place.
Rickie Fowler says the LIV Tour is “interesting and intriguing”, but insists he hasn’t made a decision on his future yet.
Mickelson: LIV Golf can do a lot of good for the game
Mickelson says he feels “so good” about the balance the LIV Golf Series provides and added he won’t be resigning from the PGA Tour during a tense press conference Wednesday.
Phil Mickelson says he’s had an “awesome time” in his four months without competition and feels good to be part of LIV Golf
The 51-year-old is ending his four-month self-imposed exile from the sport to take part in this week’s inaugural LIV Golf Invitational Series tournament at the Centurion Club.
Mickelson skipped his PGA Championship defense following backlash over comments he made about the Saudi-backed breakaway tour, and was facing the media for the first time since the confirmation of his participation in LIV Golf on Monday.
The six-time major winner repeatedly said “I don’t condone human rights abuses” when asked why he was on the tour, despite calling the Saudi regime a ” scary” in February, and pointed out that LIV Golf could “do a lot.” good for the game”.
Phil Mickelson defended and explained his decision to join LIV Golf during a long and sometimes uncomfortable press conference for the six-time major champion.
Addressing his break, Mickelson said: “I had an amazing time, I had a four month break from playing. It gave me time to continue some of the work and therapy on which I have worked, on certain areas in which I am deficient, in my life.
“It gave me time to think about what I want to do in the future, what’s best for me, what’s best for the people I care about. It allows me to be more present and engaged with the people who are dear to me.
“That’s why when I think about being part of LIV Golf, I feel so good.”
Mickelson also said he would not speak publicly about the PGA’s “problems” and refused to deny whether he had been banned by the Tour.
Dustin Johnson, Graeme McDowell and Louis Oosthuizen had to answer some tough questions at the press conference for the LIV Tour opening event
As a life member of the PGA Tour, Mickelson acknowledged he didn’t have to play any of their events and saw “no reason” to give up his membership following Dustin Johnson’s resignation on Tuesday.
He did, however, confirm that he will be playing the US Open next week – “I can’t wait to be there,” he added.
On Tuesday, the USGA confirmed that golfers competing in this week’s LIV Series opener will be allowed to play next week’s US Open, provided they have already qualified.
What is the format?
The 48 players compete in a traditional stroke play format, with the lowest 54-hole total in the non-cutting event being the winner, while a draft will help distribute the players in the team format.
Each team will have a team captain named LIV who will select their three open team positions via a snake draft format, similar to those used on the Ladies European Tour in the Aramco Team Series.
For the first two rounds, the two best scores in stroke play will count for each team. For the third and final round, the top three scores will count, with the lowest overall team score after 54 holes being named the team winner.
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The format changes in the Tag Team Championship, which is a four-day, four-round knockout tournament. The top four seeds automatically receive a bye to the first round, with the remaining eight teams playing against each other to see who reaches the quarter-finals.
Names of teams and captains
Captains in bold, with a field of 48 divided into 12 teams for the first event at the Centurion club:
4 AS – Dustin JohnsonShaun Norris, Oliver Bekker, Kevin Yuan
HY-FLYERS – Phil MickelsonJustin Harding, TK Chantananuwat (a), Chase Koepka
PUNCH – Wade OrmsbyMatt Jones, Ryosuke Kinoshita, Blake Windred
CLEEK- Martin KaymerPablo Larrazabal, JC Ritchie, Ian Snyman
IRON HEADS – Kevin NaSadom Kaewkanjana, Hideto Tanihara, Viraj Madappa
smash – Sihwan KimScott Vincent, Jinichiro Kozuma, Itthipat Buranatanyarat
SHREDDERS – Peter UihleinRichard Bland, Phachara Khongwatmai, Travis Smyth
MAJESTIC – Ian PoulterLee Westwood, Sam Horsfield, Laurie Canter
STINGER – Louis OosthuizenHennie du Plessis, Charl Schwartzel, Branden Grace
FIREBALLS – Sergio GarciaDavid Puig (a), James Piot (a), Jediah Morgan
NIBLICKS- Graeme McDowellBernd Wiesberger, Turk Pettit, Oliver Fisher
COUPLE – Talor GoochHudson Swafford, Adrian Otaegui, Andy Ogletree
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