Bryson DeChambeau & Patrick Reed Latest to Commit to LIV Golf; Rickie Fowler May Be Next
Michael Reaves/Getty Images. Pictured: Bryson DeChambeau.
The names of golfers leaving the PGA TOUR for the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series continue to drop, with Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed the latest TOUR winners to reportedly commit.
According to a report from The Telegraph on Wednesday morning, DeChambeau and Reed are making the jump to LIV Golf. Other reports continue to suggest Rickie Fowler may be next.
Neither DeChambeau nor Reed is a terribly surprising name to read making the move. Reed has accomplished plenty on the PGA TOUR, including a Masters win, but he’s had his issues with both the TOUR and fans. He has nine wins on the PGA TOUR but hasn’t won since the Farmers Insurance Open in January 2021.
DeChambeau has been recovering from a hand injury. He missed the cut at each of the last four tournaments he’s played. But he’s one of the most popular players on TOUR — although a lot of that is because he’s such a polarizing player. DeChambeau has eight wins on TOUR, his last coming at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in 2021. He has one major championship — the 2020 U.S. Open.
If Fowler does in fact leave, he’s the most popular player of the three. However, he’s also the least competitive. Fowler has one win since 2017 — the 2019 Waste Management Open.
They’ll be joining a golf series that continues to add names. Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson are the biggest names so far, reportedly getting $125 million and $200 million guaranteed, respectively.
The first event begins on Thursday and consists of three rounds compared to the PGA TOUR’s four.