Bryson DeChambeau at LIV Golf: Former top champion to join rival league for first event in USA in Portland

LIV Golf has one week. After landing Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson for their first event at the Centurion Club in London this week, the first LIV Golf Draft took place on Tuesday night and everyone in the golf world was focused on the spectacle of it all. The league is now adding the 2020 US Open champion Bryson DeShambo to others who are rumored to follow shortly.

DeChambeau will join the Saudi-backed league, possibly for its second Pumpkin Ridge event in Portland, Oregon, from June 30 to July 2. Although his name has been rumored for some time, it’s still a bit of a surprise and gives LIV Golf a huge boost as it heads into its first season of eight events.

“Bryson has always been an innovator,” said in a statement his agent. “The opportunity to get 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 fast.”

After missing time due to injury, DeChambeau made his first appearance in the PGA Tour in several months last week at the Memorial Tournament, where he missed the cut. His intentions have obviously changed in the last seven days.

“I think that’s mostly – much of it is personal,” Deschamps said last week in Muirfield Village. “In fact, there is no need to talk about it, except for the fact that everyone here has their own opinion about it. I obviously have a lot of conversations. For me personally, I don’t think I’m at a point in my career right now where I can risk things like that.

“I am loyal to my family, which I created around me with sponsors and everything else. And right now, the world of golf is likely to change in some ways. I do not know what that is. It’s not my job to do that. I will just continue to play professional golf and enjoy it, wherever it takes me, I will play with the best players in the world. That’s really all I have, I’ll do that for the rest of my life because I want to be one of the best players in the world. “

This is another coup for LIV Golf, which has won more notable names in its infancy than anyone thought it could. This is also a problem for the PGA Tour, which so far has been quite quiet in terms of specific disciplinary action for players jumping on a boat for the rival league. A PGA Tour player I spoke to is expecting a sharp statement from the Tour over the next day or two, and I believe he will come as soon as the balls go up in London on Thursday and the players officially play in the event.

LIV Golf may also not be ready with the addition of players. According to many sources, the 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed is expected to join DeShambo in the LIV Golf League. Sources also told CBS Sports that more big names are expected to be added in the coming days, with a list potentially including Jason Cocrack, Ricky Fowler and Harold Warner III. Like I said all the timethe way the main championship organizations deal with all this will probably determine how it will develop in the future.

USGA announced on Tuesday that players in the LIV Golf League will also be eligible to play in the US Open 2022 from June 16 to 19, but this does not take a long-term position with respect to the league. It seems that the four main organizations want to keep OWGR points from the LIV Golf events in the hope that players who jump into the rival league of the PGA Tour will eventually qualify for the big four because they can’t earn enough points to qualifies.

Nevertheless, the PGA Tour is in a difficult position. With players withdrawing from the Tour and turning to greener pastures, as well as groups abandoning the Tour, their line of recourse is extremely limited. There is no end in sight to this either. The last six months have been curious and intriguing, as they involve the breakdown of professional golf, but the next six will shape the future of the sport for a long, long time.

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