Major tournament champions Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed plan to join the Saudi-funded LIV golf tour in time for the US portion of the schedule, a British daily reported Wednesday.
The Daily Telegraph reported that Greg Norman and his team, who run LIV Golf Investments, plan to announce on Friday.
The first tournament on the LIV Tour, which kicks off Thursday at Centurion Golf Club in England, will feature Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, and Sergio Garcia.
According to Dan Rapaport of Golf Digest, DeChambeau would receive a guaranteed $ 100 million from joining the new circuit.
LIV reportedly invested between $400 million and $500 million to get its hands on three big names in the PGA: Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson, and Dustin Johnson.
DeChambeau was among the first golfers recruited by the controversial tour in January.
That all changed when Mickelson added fuel to the fire by giving interviews about the new golf tour, angering the PGA Tour and Saudis who financially support LIV Golf Investments.
Johnson was the most well-known golfer to maintain his support on the PGA Tour in February, and DeChambeau followed.
His agent, however, said in a statement Wednesday that “Bryson has always been at the forefront.”
DeChambeau won the US Open at Winged Foot in 2020, while Reed triumphed at the Masters in 2018.
Golfers received massive signing bonuses to join the LIV Circuit. According to the Telegraph, Johnson pocketed 150 million $ US before even making the first run, and the total prize pool for each of the eight stops on the LIV circuit schedule will reach $25 million.
For his part, Mickelson would have obtained $ 200 million.
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