The LIV Golf series is expected to reveal player identities soon

Bubba Watson is thought to be one of the Golfers joining the LIV Golf Invitational SeriesGetty Images

The Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series is poised to “reveal the ‘marquee names’ who have signed up” to play the $ 225M tour, according to James Corrigan of the London TELEGRAPH. LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman said that players including a “two-time major Winner have been in talks over joining.” LIV Golf said the “final details are being confirmed,” but they “hope to announce some of the players in the coming weeks.” These are “thought to include Bubba Watson, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Kevin Na.” , “Quite honestly, it doesn’t matter who plays, we’re going to put the event on. There’s a $ 4M first prize. I hope a kid who’s 350th in the world wins. It’ll change his life, his family’s And then a few of our events will go by and the top players will see someone winning $ 6M, $ 8M, and say ‘enough is enough, I know I can beat these guys week in week out with my hands tied behind my back. ” Sources said that the Saudi Backers are ‘willing to up the ante if needs to be and lose’ $ 3B in the first three years. Meanwhile, Norman claimed that the release of controversial comments by Phil Mickelson was “part of a conspiracy to derail the venture,” and a “painful setback.” Norman said, “It was a kick in the teeth, there’s no question about it. It was a gut Punch – we were so close. On that Tuesday we had our strength of field ready to go and the PGA Tour heard about this and threw a Giant redwood tree in our roadway “(London TELEGRAPH, 4/12).

WHAT WILL MAJORS DO? In London, Rick Broadbent notes Masters week provided “more evidence that the inter-tour squabbling with the Saudis is very much alive.” It has been reported that “two former world No 1s and Ryder Cup stars from Europe have signed up” for the LIV Golf series. Part of the PGA Tour’s strategy has been to “threaten the Rebels with life bans.” But the people behind the majors have been “more secretive about what they would do.” The PGA of America, which has jurisdiction over both the PGA Championship and the US Ryder Cup team, has “Suggested Saudi sign-ups will be barred from both.” The R&A has “made no public statement about its stance” but has “quietly dropped its exemption for the Winner of the Asian Tour order of Merit.” The “backstage intrigue was evident” in Augusta, with Asian Tour execs “not attending.” Golfer Jason Kokrak became a “Golf Saudi Ambassador last year,” but those logos had “disappeared” by the end of The Masters. HOFer Gary Player “sported a Golf Saudi logo” on his collar during the first tee ceremony on Thursday (LONDON TIMES, 4/12).

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