Bryson DeChambeau: Ryder Cup ‘hurting itself’ by banning players from LIV Golf

Bryson DeChambeau thinks the Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup are only “hurting each other” by banning players who have signed up for LIV Golf.

Players who have joined the Saudi-backed LIV Series are no longer eligible to participate in PGA Tour events, including the Presidents Cup and all other Tour-sanctioned tours.

DeChambeau has played for the United States in the past in the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup, but he will instead watch next week’s Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow Club on television.

“I personally think team events are only hurting each other by not allowing us to play, by not allowing us to qualify through a certain ability, in certain aspects,” the former champion said. from the US Open to reporters ahead of this week’s LIV event in Chicago.

“I would say from a team perspective it’s sad that these governing bodies didn’t allow us to qualify. That’s all I can say. I want to play in a lot of events on the PGA Tour. That would be great.

“That’s what LIV Golf tried to do – they allowed us to play on the PGA Tour. It’s the PGA Tour that’s stopping us.

The lucrative LIV Series, which boasts 12 big winners among its players, offers $25 million in prize pools in 54-hole non-cut tournaments.

But critics say LIV Golf, which is funded by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, amounts to ‘sportswashing’ by a nation trying to improve its reputation amid criticism over its human rights record. the man.

DeChambeau is one of the plaintiffs in the PGA Tour antitrust lawsuit and while he wouldn’t comment on the lawsuit, he said he had ‘no buyer’s remorse’ for moving on. at LIV Golf.

“It’s the biggest decision I’ve made in my entire life outside of choosing my agent and I couldn’t be happier to be here,” he said.

“What LIV Golf has delivered is something new and unique, something different… there’s going to be disruption and people aren’t going to like it. And I respect anyone who thinks it’s not good for the game of golf.

Michael C. Ford