Bryson DeChambeau, the 2020 U.S. Open Champion, is becoming a member of the LIV Golf Invitational Collection, a supply confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday.
Patrick Reed, the 2018 Masters champion, can be becoming a member of the LIV collection, based on a number of studies.
DeChambeau and Reed are anticipated to compete in LIV Golf’s first United States-based occasion, scheduled at Pumpkin Ridge in Portland, Oregon, from June 30-July 2.
A LIV Golf spokesperson declined remark.
“Bryson has at all times been an innovator,” DeChambeau’s agent, Brett Falkoff of GSE Worldwide, instructed ESPN on Wednesday. “Having the chance to get in on the bottom ground of one thing distinctive has at all times been intriguing to him. Skilled golf as we all know it’s altering, and it is occurring rapidly.”
It might be one other blow for the PGA Tour, which denied conflicting-event releases to gamers who requested them to compete in LIV Golf tournaments, that are being financed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding Fund. DeChambeau and Reed are two of probably the most polarizing gamers on tour.
The addition of DeChambeau and Reed would give LIV Golf at the least 9 former main champions who’ve jumped from the PGA Tour. Six-time main champion Phil Mickelson, two-time main winners Dustin Johnson and Martin Kaymer and 4 others — Sergio Garcia (2017 Masters), Charl Schwartzel (2011 Masters), Graeme McDowell (2010 U.S. Open) and Louis Oosthuizen (2010 Open Championship) — are competing in LIV Golf’s inaugural occasion, which begins Thursday at Centurion Membership exterior London.
PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has threatened gamers who competed with out releases with potential punishment, together with fines, suspensions and/or bans. A handful of gamers, together with Johnson, Garcia, Schwartzel and Kevin Na, have resigned from the tour.
DeChambeau, 28, was one in every of LIV Golf’s early targets. He mentioned on the Memorial final week that he deliberate to maintain enjoying on the PGA Tour.
“I feel that is largely — a number of it’s personal,” DeChambeau mentioned. “There’s not likely any conversations that have to be made about that, aside from the truth that, like, each individual out right here has their very own opinion on it. Me, there’s clearly a number of dialog. For me, I personally do not suppose that at this time limit I am in a spot in my profession the place I can threat issues like that.
“I am loyal to my household that I’ve created round me with sponsors and every thing. And as of proper now, the golf world might be going to alter in some capability. I do not know what that’s. Not my job to take action. I am simply going to maintain enjoying skilled golf and revel in it wherever it takes me, play with one of the best gamers on the earth. That is actually all I’ve bought, that is what I am going to do for the remainder of my life, as a result of I need to be the most effective gamers on the earth.”
An eight-time winner on the PGA Tour, DeChambeau has made simply six begins this season due to a left hand damage, which required surgical procedure in April. He’s ranked twenty eighth within the Official World Golf Rating.
Reed, 31, has 9 PGA Tour victories and has earned almost $37 million throughout his tour profession. Reed struggled after being hospitalized with double pneumonia in August. He’s ranked thirty sixth on the earth.
Reigning PGA champion Justin Thomas, talking Wednesday from the PGA Tour’s cease in Canada, repeated earlier ideas that his friends are entitled to decide on the place they want to play.
“You understand, it is a bummer. I imply, I feel a number of us are — I do not know if irritated or drained is the proper phrase. I imply it is simply a type of issues,” he mentioned.
“I do not dislike DJ [Dustin Johnson] now,” he went on to say. “I do not suppose he is a nasty dude. I am not going to deal with him any in a different way. It is like he is entitled to decide on as he needs. Like I mentioned, it does not make him a nasty individual. Now I am disenchanted and I want that he and others would not have completed it, however that is their resolution.”
ESPN’s Tom VanHaaren contributed to this report.