Bryson DeChambeau And Dustin Johnson Snub The Saudis
DUSTIN JOHNSON has finally ended speculation that he has signed for the Saudi-backed Super Golf League, with fellow American Bryson DeChambeau also making its clear that his future lies with the PGA Tour.
With the strongest field of the year gathered at Riviera Country Club for the Genesis Invitational, it was no surprise that the proposed Super Golf League was the hot topic.
Rory McIlroy believes most of the world's top players have turned it down but Adam Scott has confirmed he is in talks to join the project.
The 32-year-old Northern Irishman has previously labelled the proposals as a "money grab" and referred to the "not so Super League”.
McIlroy has made it clear that he has no intention of signing on the dotted line but admits that he is curious to find out which players have committed their short-term futures.
"I'm intrigued to find out who is going to commit,” he said. “Certainly for the younger guys, it just seems a massive risk."
"I can make sense of it for the guys that are getting to the latter stages of their career, for sure. But I don't think that's what a rival golf league is really - that's not what they're going to want, is it? They don't want some sort of league that's like a pre-Champions Tour.
"You look at the people that have already said no, Jon Rahm, No 1 in the world, Collin Morikawa, myself. You've got the top players in the world saying no, so that has to tell you something.”
And in a statement released by the PGA Tour, Johnson said: "Over the past several months, there has been a great deal of speculation about an alternative tour; much of which seems to have included me and my future in professional golf. I feel it is now time to put such speculation to rest. I am fully committed to the PGA Tour.
"I am grateful for the opportunity to play on the best tour in the world and for all it has provided me and my family. While there will always be areas where our Tour can improve and evolve, I am thankful for our leadership and the many sponsors who make the PGA Tour golf's premier tour."
Hours later, DeChambeau followed suit, writing on his official Twitter account: "While there has been a lot of speculation surrounding my support for another tour, I want to make it very clear that as long as the best players in the world are playing the PGA Tour, so will I.
"As of now, I am focused on getting myself healthy and competing again soon. I appreciate all the support."
But 2013 Masters champion Scott revealed he has had discussions over signing up to the proposed rival tour and argued it is a good thing for professional golfers.
“The schedule they're proposing is very appealing to most golfers, depending what your goals are in golf,” Scott, 41, said. "From that side of things I would consider doing that, for sure, from a lifestyle side of things, yes.
"I have had discussions with them but like everyone else, we're sworn to secrecy.
“You can argue both sides of lots of things but, at the end of the day, I think my general feeling on this, at the moment, is that it is only a positive thing for professional golfers that there is interest and money coming into the sport.
"It also somewhat forces the PGA Tour to put money into the professional golfers. We're seeing that all around the world too, they've put money into the European Tour, the LIV Golf Investments has put money into the Asian Tour so, at the moment, that's good for strengthening the professional game.
"How everything else pans out, I don't know but I think it's good that these things are happening for golf professionals."
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