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Report: Premier Golf League resurfaces with several top pros offered lucrative deals

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The Premier Golf League is back on, according to a report from the Telegraph UK, with some of the biggest names in the game receiving formal offers in the region of $30 million to join the breakaway Saudi backed league.

Per the report, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott, Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau, Rickie Fowler, and Justin Rose have all received offers between $30-$50 million to join the breakaway tour, which hopes to begin in 2022.

The proposed league would feature a Formula 1 style format, with 40-48 players playing an 18-event schedule in tournaments worldwide for lucrative purses culminating with a season-ending team championship.

The team concept format would see 10-12 players signed to teams and include managers, signings, and transfers.

Per Golf Channel’s Todd Lewis, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has since told players at this week’s Wells Fargo that any player joining a breakaway tour will face immediate suspension and possible expulsion from the PGA Tour.

A source of the Telegraph told the publication:

“This will all kick off in the next few weeks. It will be fascinating to hear how aggressive Monahan is with his language. The Saudis believe the tour can’t expel members and it could end up in a big legal fight.”

The PGA Tour’s ‘Player Impact Program’ had been seen as a push to quash any temptation for players to join a breakaway tour in future, but it appears that it has not had the desired effect. 

Last year, Rory McIlroy stated that he would not join a Premier Golf League and hinted that Tiger Woods would also snub the potential breakaway tour.

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. Divot Diggler

    May 7, 2021 at 6:17 pm

    As a golf fan the more golf the better!!! Premier Golf League why not give it a go and see what happens.!!!!!!….let the market determine if it succeeds

  2. Whitey

    May 5, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    It’s the 21st century. Long gone is the gentleman’s game, when the objective was playing as good as you can and the best player wins a trophy. And having a beer afterwards. How much money do these guys need? Really, how much is enough? Say a player is worth $100M. Does he give away $50M? Can’t they live on half of a fortune? Many run a charity, that yes, raises some good $$, but then goes home and what? Sit around the big house? Now we’re paying players to “move the needle”. Really? Yes, lots of players spend time and effort raising charity $$, but is that to move the needle? The sad part is that all the fans making a working persons living are paying for all of this.

    • Prime21

      May 6, 2021 at 4:45 pm

      What? What is your point? People came to the guys with offers, are you holding that against them? Nothing in this article makes it any less of a gentleman’s game and I’m pretty sure they still play for trophies. They may even drink beer after the round. Sorry you’re not getting their offers but don’t whine about it.

  3. A. Commoner

    May 5, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    I care more about my game.

  4. medinah12

    May 5, 2021 at 11:03 am

    European Super League all over again lol.
    Curious to see how this pans out.

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Golf fans react to rough at Torrey Pines ahead of 2021 U.S. Open

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The rough at the U.S. Open is usually one of the biggest talking points ahead of a U.S. Open, and this year is no different.

Fans got their first look at the rough this week, with Callaway Golf posting a video of their staffer Xander Schauffele in the thick stuff at the back of the 18th green.

The video has whet the appetite for those that love to watch the best in the world suffer, but not everyone is convinced that the rough will be as penal as it appears in the video.

Check out the video below.

 

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Some users commented saying “thick”, “juicy” and “cabbage”. However, other users are a little more suspicious, with one suggesting Xander quit on the shot and another saying that the USGA will always back down and cut the rough the day before the event.

What are your thoughts on the early rough at Torrey Pines, WRXers?

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Brooks Koepka reveals what Bryson said to cause his eye-roll reaction

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Ahead of this week’s Palmetto Championship, Brooks Koepka has been sharing his perspective of his ongoing feud with Bryson DeChambeau, which he describes as “good for the game”.

The feud erupted a couple of weeks ago when a leaked video showing Koepka’s complete disdain for his rival went viral.

Many golf fans have been wanting to know if Bryson had said anything to Brooks to provoke the strong reaction, and Koepka has this week explained what went down to incite his now-famous eye-roll reaction.

“As far as that goes, he didn’t say anything to me. He wasn’t speaking to me. He was, I guess, either signing his scorecard or wherever he was, and I was just to the right of the media tent, or I guess right in front of the microphones where you guys all were.

I don’t want to say he was like screaming – he was saying something about how he hit a perfect shot and it shouldn’t have been there, and it was just very, very loud. I don’t think the mics picked up on that, but it felt like just so that the fans could hear.

With the media right there, you kind of know, hey, look, we’re all kind of in this area, just tone it down, and it was just so loud. Then I think he realised that he had gotten right behind me, and he toned it down a little bit. I just lost train of thought, which I think was pretty obvious.”

The 31-year-old also took the time to explain why he feels the ongoing feud is good for the game, even though he can understand why some traditionalists may find the affair not to their taste.

“The fact that golf’s on pretty much every news outlet for about two weeks pretty consistently, I think that’s a good thing. It’s growing the game. I get the traditionalists who don’t agree with it. I understand that, but I think to grow the game you’ve got to reach out to the younger generation.

I don’t want to say that’s what this is, but it’s reaching out to a whole bunch of people. It’s getting golf in front of people. I think it’s good for the game.”

As for how the rivalry will impact the chances of the U.S. side at the Ryder Cup, Koepka sees no issues occurring at Whistling Straits later this year, as he doesn’t expect the two to be teamed up.

“There’s only eight guys that are playing, four guys are sitting, whatever. I mean, I play with one other guy. If let’s say I don’t play with Bryson or Bryson doesn’t play with me, he takes care of his match, and I would take care of my match, and I don’t know how that has any effect.

What you do off the golf course doesn’t have any effect on the golf course.”

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‘Clowns’ – Tour pro hits out at fans saying Jon Rahm won the Memorial

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Jon Rahm’s withdrawal at the Memorial due to a positive Covid-19 test provoked a strong reaction from golf fans at the weekend, with many upset with how the situation was handled.

Some fans on social media even wanted the winner’s trophy handed to Rahm, who held a 6-shot lead at the time of his WD, and that take elicited a very strong response from Dylan Frittelli.

Following Patrick Cantlay’s win on Sunday evening, Frittelli took to social media where he branded those fans as “clowns” and before this week’s Palmetto Championship explained why.

“I described some people as clowns, talking about how Jon Rahm actually won this tournament, and it’s simply not true. Patrick Cantlay is the winner of the tournament. End of story.”

The South African added how each player on Tour has signed up to play by the rules and that it’s foolish to believe that any player would be exempt from those rules.

“I think it’s quite silly for people to go out there and think you can do something, whether it’s play professional golf, play another sport or work in business and not follow the rules. We’ve signed up to play by the rules.

If Jon Rahm picked his ball up, walked over the hole and dropped it next to it and tapped it in, I think a lot of people would be unhappy that he broke a rule.”

 

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