Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed reportedly to join LIV Golf

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Past major champions Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed are both set to join the LIV Golf Invitational Series, according to multiple reports, pitting Saudi-funded PGA Tour rivals against Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson has two other big names together.

LIV Golf’s first event was held outside London this week without DeChambeau and Reed. They will reportedly take courses in the new league at their next game outside Portland, Oregon, from June 30 to July 2.Reed was originally scheduled to play at this week’s PGA Tour Canadian Open, but quit Tuesday.

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Both are eligible for next week’s U.S. Open, which DeChambeau won in 2020.Tuesday, USGA Announce Golfers who qualify for the tournament will be allowed to play regardless of their tour affiliation.

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan threatens to permanently ban any player from LIV golf lessons, despite including Johnson, Kevin Nurse, Luis Ushutzen, Sergio Garcia, Charl Schwarz Some LIV golfers, including Zell and Brandon Grace, have preempted any penalties. Withdrew from the PGA Tour.

The LIV Tour will reportedly pay Johnson and Mickelson more than $100 million each just to join the new league. Such financially driven motives don’t suit four-time major champion Rory McCrory, who has maintained a steadfast dedication to the PGA Tour.

“Any decision you make in life purely for money is usually not going to go down the right path. I’ve been through this before, a few times in my life,” McIlroy Say The Wednesday before this week’s PGA Tour Canadian Open.

Requests for comment from LIV Golf and representatives of DeChambeau and Reed were not returned, and it is unclear whether DeChambeau and Reed have lost their PGA Tour memberships. On Tuesday, DeChambeau committed to the PGA Tour Travelers Championship, which will take place in the week between the U.S. Open and the second LIV Tour later this month.

At the memorial last week, DeChambeau said leaving the PGA Tour wasn’t worth the risk.

“I think it’s mostly — a lot of it is private,” said DeChambeau, an eight-time Tour winner. “There really doesn’t need to be any conversation about this, other than the fact that everyone here has their own opinion. Me, obviously there’s a lot of conversation. For me, I personally think that at this point in my career, I can’t take such a risk.”

DeChambeau and 2018 Masters champion Reid are both battling injuries that have recently sent them down the world rankings. DeChambeau, who has been dealing with a torn left hip labrum for several years, also injured his left hand last fall, which was exacerbated when he slipped during a table tennis match in Saudi Arabia in February. He underwent hand surgery in April and has played just one game since, missing the cut in last week’s Memorial Tournament (he has not made the cut in four of his last five games).

Last August, Reed contracted double pneumonia, which at one point made him fear for his own life. This calendar year, he has made four cuts in last month’s Charles Schwab Challenge and has only made the top 10 once.

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DeChambeau, who rose to No. 4 in the official World Golf Rankings after the 2021 PGA Championship, has slipped to No. 28. Reed, who rose to No. 7 in the world last year, is now No. 36. The LIV Tour means it will now have 6 of the world’s top 50 golfers and 20 of the top 100.

DeChambeau and Reed are two of the most polarizing players in professional golf. Already regarded as one of the brightest players in the sport, DeChambeau increased significantly during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, becoming the longest driver on the tour, but he also joined pros Brooks Koepka and There was an altercation between court rules officials. Reed has been at the center of multiple rules controversies throughout his career.

Still, their fame and their status as past major champions represent two more major victories for LIV Golf in its nascent battle against the PGA Tour.

PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas Wednesday Say Golfers associated with LIV are free to choose, but also refer to the PGA Tour as “the best venue in the world.”

“I think a lot, like people have the right to choose according to their wishes. Like, I don’t hate [Johnson] Now, I don’t think he’s a bad guy and I wouldn’t treat him any differently. He has the right to choose as he pleases,” Thomas said at a news conference ahead of the Canadian Open. “Right now, I’m disappointed and I hope he and others don’t, but it’s their decision. I’ve been saying this all the time: Men can do whatever they want. If they want to go, they can go; if they want to stay, they can stay. Selfishly, I know the PGA Tour is the best venue in the world. …

“I hope it doesn’t take away the great storyline and the ongoing tour, which has been around for a long time and is one of the best places ever. I’m just frustrated that the guys won’t be part of it .”

Meanwhile, Masters champion Scotty Scheffler played down the absence.

“I haven’t really noticed anyone missing this week. Maybe outside of the DJ,” he said. Say Johnson’s Wednesday, before announcing his move to LIV Golf, also committed him to the Canadian Open.

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