Wednesday September 27, 2023

DeChambeau, Reed Join Wave of LIV Recruits

  • Nine players with at least one major championship have committed to the breakout league.
  • Some of the PGA Tour's all-time money leaders are breaking ranks.
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The lure of astronomical payouts continues to draw more of the world’s top golfers to the fledgling LIV Golf Invitational Series.

Days after Phil Mickelson officially announced his participation, Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed — who have both won majors on the PGA Tour — are the latest to join the Saudi-backed series. So far, nine players with at least one major title have committed to the breakout league.

Now, what started as a trickle has become a wave, as some of the Tour’s top all-time earners compete for LIV’s staggering prize money — including $25 million purses for each of seven regular-season events.

  • DeChambeau — who has earned $26.1M on the Tour, 65th all-timereportedly will receive at least $100M just for joining LIV.
  • Reed has made $36.9M, good for 29th all-time. 
  • Mickelson’s $94.9M ranks second to Tiger Woods’ $120.9M — and he reportedly received $200M to join LIV.
  • Dustin Johnson — who resigned from the Tour Tuesday — is third all-time at $74.3M.

DeChambeau and Reed are expected to play in the first U.S. LIV event in Portland from June 30-July 2. The inaugural 54-hole tournament featuring Mickelson, Johnson, Sergio Garcia, and others begins Thursday at London’s Centurion Club.

The LIV Series’ London event can be livestreamed on LIVgolf.com, YouTube, and Facebook — and at times will go head-to-head with the PGA Tour’s RBC Canadian Open. 

The latter will air on Golf Channel, ESPN+, and CBS/Paramount+.

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