Phil Mickelson has joined Dustin Johnson on the prime of the checklist of PGA Tour gamers who will compete within the opening occasion of the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Worldwide Collection starting Thursday at Centurion Golf Membership in London.
Mickelson, Johnson and the opposite established gamers who compete within the occasion face disciplinary motion from the PGA Tour, however it’s unclear if the US Golf Affiliation will enable them to play in the 122nd U.S. Open subsequent week at The Nation Membership in Brookline, Mass.
“We satisfaction ourselves in being probably the most open championship on this planet, with roughly half our subject securing their place by way of native/regional qualifiers,” the USGA mentioned in a press release. “Nonetheless, we reserve the precise, as we at all times have, to assessment any competitor’s state of affairs on a case-by-case foundation.”
Thee 51-year-old Mickelson, who has received six main championships and desires solely a U.S. Open title to finish the Profession Grand Slam, has not performed since tying for 18th within the Saudi Worldwide in February. He reportedly signed a $200-million contract with LIV.
Lefty, who received the PGA Championship final 12 months, created a serious controversy when he revealed that he was concerned within the formation of the LIV, and among the many tournaments he skipped have been the Gamers Championship, the Masters and his title protection within the PGA Championship.
“Taking time away and self-reflecting has been very humbling,” Mickelson, who has completed second within the U.S. Open six occasions, mentioned in a press release. “I’m prepared to come back again to play the sport I really like however after 32 years this new path is a contemporary begin, one that’s thrilling for me on the stage of my profession and is clearly transformative, not only for myself, by ideally for my sport and my friends.”
Johnson claimed his loyalty to the PGA Tour a number of months in the past, however apparently modified his thoughts when he reportedly was supplied a signing bonus that may be price $125 million.
The LIV collection contains seven three-round, 54-hole tournaments with fields of 48 gamers and no cuts, and likewise will embody a workforce part. An eighth occasion that can be performed in a workforce format can be added and the overall purse for the collection is $255 million.
“Dustin has been considering the chance off-and-on for the previous couple of years,” Johnson’s agent, David Winkle mentioned in a press release. “In the end, he determined it was in his and his household’s greatest curiosity to pursue it. Dustin has by no means had a difficulty with the PGA Tour and is grateful for all it has given him, however in the long run, felt this was too compelling to cross up.”
Different PGA Tour gamers listed within the LIV subject this week embody main champions Sergio Garcia of Spain, Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa, Graeme McDowell of Northern Eire, Charl Schwartzel of South Africa and Martin Kaymer of Germany.
Additionally taking part in are Lee Westwood of England, Kevin Na of Diamond Bar, Hudson Swafford, Talor Gooch, Matt Jones of Australia, Ian Poulter of England, Brandon Grace of South Africa, Bernd Wiesberger of Austria, Chase Koepka, Pablo Larrazabal of Spain, Sam Horsfield of England, Peter Uihlein and Richard Bland of England.
Johnson and Na have resigned from the PGA Tour.
They know what they’re risking.
“As communicated to our total membership on Could 10, PGA Tour members haven’t been licensed to take part within the Saudi Golf League’s London occasion, underneath PGA Tour Match Laws,” the PGA Tour mentioned in a press release. “Members who violate the Match Laws are topic to disciplinary motion.”
Johnson and McDowell have already got misplaced their sponsorships with the Royal Financial institution of Canada forward of the RBC Canadian Open, this week’s PGA Tour occasion at St. George’s Golf and Nation Membership in Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada.
Tiger Woods reportedly turned down a profitable nine-figure provide from LIV, whereas golf legend Jack Nicklaus mentioned he turned down a big provide to be the LIV commissioner, a job that was taken by former Australian star Greg Norman.