LIV Golf has been absolutely operational for the higher a part of a 12 months, and the drama concerning which golfers have joined the breakaway league has dissipated for probably the most half.
So when rumors began to swirl final week that Brooks Koepka is actively trying to convince 2019 U.S. Open champ Gary Woodland to go away the PGA Tour for Greg Norman’s rogue circuit, it received us questioning: When was the final time a high-profile participant signed with LIV Golf? And is the insurgent league doing sufficient to maintain recruiting gamers?
For starters, it must be identified that no main outlet has backed up the rumors that Koepka is bringing Woodland over to LIV Golf. The unique tweet stating the rumor is from a fan account known as LIV Golf Nation which, regardless of its giant social media following, shouldn’t be immediately affiliated with the Saudi Arabia-funded league or any main information sources.
On that be aware, the final time a significant outlet reported that gamers have been leaving the PGA Tour for LIV Golf was again in February when USA Today revealed that Thomas Pieters, Dean Burmester, Brendan Steele and Danny Lee. This was simply earlier than LIV Golf kicked off its sophomore season in Mexico on the LIV Golf Mayakoba occasion.
Since then, the shuttle of gamers between the rival leagues does not seem like operating. There may be nonetheless loads of information concerning golfers from the DP World Tour getting fined for enjoying in LIV occasions with out permission and ultimately deciding to leave the European Tour altogether.
And sure, there are nonetheless fixed whispers that gamers like Rickie Fowler are contemplating the soar to LIV. However so far as the PGA Tour goes, any and all participant motion appears to have seized whereas the season is in progress.
Now, whether or not there are nonetheless gamers who need to go away the PGA Tour for LIV Golf stays to be seen. LIV Golf boasts huge contracts for its members, however the tie to Saudi Arabia and the smaller fan base nonetheless loom giant.
The rogue tour seems to be gaining some stay fan consideration at occasions, nevertheless it’s unclear if followers are watching at dwelling. (LIV stopped reporting viewership for his or her occasions after the numbers for the first two have been so low.) And whereas golfers on the PGA Tour have talked about remaining buddies with golfers who defected over the past 12 months, that does not essentially imply they’re prepared to affix Norman’s “golf however louder” contingent.
We’ll simply have to attend and see if that adjustments as soon as each leagues wrap up their seasons this fall.