Bryson DeChambeau, the 2020 U.S. Open champion, and Patrick Reed, who gained the 2018 Masters, are planning to be a part of the brand new Saudi-backed LIV Golf circuit that hopes to problem the established PGA Tour, in accordance to a number of stories.
Both golfers, not like the vast majority of the highest gamers entered on this weekend’s inaugural LIV Golf occasion exterior London, are nonetheless within the prime of their careers. DeChambeau, 28, has turn into one in every of golf’s hottest gamers due to his prodigious drives. Reed, 31, is an aggressive, feisty determine within the sport identified for high quality performances within the largest occasions. Reed has gained 12 tournaments within the United States and Europe and completed within the prime 10 at every of the 4 main golf championships.
While DeChambeau and Reed should not within the area for the inaugural LIV Golf occasion, which begins Thursday, they be a part of a rising checklist of PGA Tour gamers who’ve aligned with the upstart league and will play this week. That group contains Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia, Louis Oosthuizen, Ian Poulter, Kevin Na, Martin Kaymer and Talor Gooch. Only two in that group are ranked within the prime 30 worldwide: Johnson is fifteenth, and Oosthuizen is twenty first.
DeChambeau and Reed are anticipated to make their LIV Golf debut on June 30 in an occasion exterior Portland, Ore. So far in 2022, each gamers have struggled. DeChambeau has missed the minimize in 4 of his final 5 tournaments whereas Reed has missed the minimize or completed exterior the highest 25 in 12 of the 14 occasions he has entered. Both gamers are anticipated to compete in subsequent week’s U.S. Open within the suburbs of Boston. The United States Golf Association, which conducts the U.S. Open, stated on Tuesday that gamers related to the LIV Golf circuit who had already certified for the U.S. Open, which incorporates DeChambeau and Reed, can be permitted to play.
The Telegraph first reported that DeChambeau and Reed would commit to play on this 12 months’s LIV Golf Invitational collection. The subsequent occasion for the circuit is exterior Portland, starting June 30.
As just lately as final week, DeChambeau denied being enticed by the mammoth upfront payouts and look charges being supplied to the world’s prime golfers by LIV Golf.
“Me, there’s obviously a lot of conversation,” DeChambeau stated on the PGA Tour’s Memorial Tournament. “For me, I personally don’t think that at this point in time I’m in a place in my career where I can risk things like that.”
DeChambeau’s agent, Brett Falkoff, issued an announcement to a handful of stories shops on Wednesday: “Bryson has always been an innovator. Having the opportunity to get in on the ground floor of something unique has always been intriguing to him. Professional golf as we know it is changing, and it’s happening quickly.”
DeChambeau and Reed will most certainly be added to the checklist of tour members dealing with punishment from the PGA Tour commissioner, Jay Monahan, who has stated that gamers selecting to play within the LIV Golf occasions with out the tour’s permission may face suspension from the PGA Tour or a lifetime ban. No tour participant was granted a launch to play on this week’s occasion exterior London.