LIV Golf to add Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed to controversial tour: reports

LIV Golf to add Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed to controversial tour: reports

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U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau and nine-time PGA Tour winner Patrick Reed are the latest high-profile golfers said to be joining the Saudi-backed LIV Golf league, according to multiple reports. 

DeChambeau and Reed were the latest PGA Tour members expected to compete in the rival Saudi-backed league, which is hosting its Invitational Series beginning in London on Thursday, according to The Daily Telegraph

Patrick Reed reacts to his tee shot during the Rocket Mortgage Classic, June 29, 2019, in Detroit.

Patrick Reed reacts to his tee shot during the Rocket Mortgage Classic, June 29, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Sources also told Sports Illustrated that both golfers are expected to participate in the circuit’s first U.S.-based event at the end of the month in Oregon. According to the report, Reed and DeChambeau signed multi-year deals. 

DeChambeau’s manager, Brett Falkoff, responded to the news in a statement to the New York Post, but seemingly did not confirm reports. 

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“Bryson has always been an innovator. Having the opportunity to get in on the ground floor of something unique has always been intriguing to him,” he said. “Professional golf as we know it is changing and it’s happening quickly.”

Bryson DeChambeau waits to take his shot during the Masters on April 8, 2022, in Augusta, Georgia.

Bryson DeChambeau waits to take his shot during the Masters on April 8, 2022, in Augusta, Georgia. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Five-time PGA Tour winner Rickie Fowler is also expected to join the circuit, according to reports. 

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Following the fallout of Dustin Johnson’s decision to join the league, DeChambeau appeared to shut down any speculation at the Memorial Tournament last week that he would be leaving the Tour to compete. 

“Every person out here has their own opinion on it,” DeChambeau said. “For me, I personally don’t think that at this point in time I’m in a place in my career where I can risk things like that. I’m loyal to my family that I’ve created around me with sponsors and everything. And as of right now, the golf world is probably going to change in some capacity.”

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Dustin Johnson plays his shot during the RBC Heritage on June 21, 2020, at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Dustin Johnson plays his shot during the RBC Heritage on June 21, 2020, at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Johnson resigned from the PGA Tour this week after he was announced as a participant in Thursday’s Invitational series. He was subsequently dropped by sponsor RBC – a major sponsor of two PGA Tour events. 

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