Bryson DeChambeau to LIV Golf: Ex-Major Champion Ready for Rival Competition for First US Event in Portland

Bryson DeChambeau to LIV Golf: Ex-Major Champion Ready for Rival Competition for First US Event in Portland

Bryson DeChambeau to LIV Golf: Ex-Major Champion Ready for Rival Competition for First US Event in Portland

LIV Golf has itself a week. After Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson landed this week for their first event at the Centurion Club in London, the first LIV Golf Draft was held on Tuesday night and everyone in the golf world was fixated on the spectacle of it all. Now the league is adding 2020 US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau, with others reportedly to follow shortly after.

DeChambeau will compete in the Saudi-backed competition from June 30 to July 2, likely for his second event at Pumpkin Ridge in Portland, Oregon. gives LIV Golf a lot of momentum as it enters its first eight-event season.

“Bryson has always been an innovator”, his agent said in a statement:† “Getting the chance to enter on the ground floor of something unique had always been intriguing to him. Professional golf as we know it is changing and moving fast.”

After missing time through injury, DeChambeau made his first PGA Tour appearance in several months at the Memorial Tournament last week, missing the cut. His intentions have clearly changed in the past seven days.

“I think that’s mostly — a lot of it is private,” DeChambeau said in Muirfield Village last week. “There aren’t really any conversations to be had about that, other than the fact that, like, everyone here has their own opinion about it. Me, there’s obviously a lot of conversation. For me personally, I don’t think I’m in any place in my life right now career where I can risk that sort of thing.

“I’m loyal to my family that I’ve created around me with sponsors and stuff. And from now on the golf world will probably change somehow. I don’t know what that is. Not my job to do this. I just keep playing golf professionally and enjoy it wherever it takes me play with the best players in the world thats really all i have thats what i will do for the rest of my life because i am one of the best players in the world world wants to be.”

This is another coup for LIV Golf, which has spawned more notable names in its infancy than anyone ever imagined. It’s also a problem for the PGA Tour, which has so far been pretty quiet about specific disciplinary action for players jumping to the rival league. A PGA Tour player I spoke to is expecting a hard statement from the Tour in the next two days, and I believe it will come once balls are in the air in London on Thursday and players officially join the event.

LIV Golf may not be finished adding players either. According to multiple sources, 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed is expected to join DeChambeau in the LIV Golf league. Sources also told CBS Sports that more big names are expected to be added in the coming days, a list that may include Jason Kokrak, Rickie Fowler and Harold Varner III. As I’ve been saying all alongthe way the major championship organizations deal with all this will likely determine how things will play out in the future.

The USGA announced this on Tuesday that players in the LIV Golf league would also be allowed to play the 2022 US Open from June 16-19, but it did not take a long-term stance in the competition. It appears that the four major organizations are looking to withhold OWGR points from the LIV Golf events in the hopes that players who jump into the rival league of the PGA Tour will eventually stop qualifying for the four majors because they cannot get enough points. earn qualify.

Either way, the PGA Tour is in a difficult position. With players stepping out of the Tour and moving towards the perception of greener pastures and also stepping out of the Tour in bunches, their storyline is extremely limited. There is also no end in sight. The past six months have been curious and intriguing in terms of breaking professional golf, but the next six months will shape the future of the sport for a long, long time.