Presidents Cup ‘hurting itself’ by banning players from LIV Golf, says Bryson DeChambeau

Team events such as the Presidents Cup and the Ryder Cup are only “hurting each other” by banning players who have signed up at LIV Golf, says former US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau.

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.

“Personally, I think team events are just hurting themselves by not allowing us to play, by not allowing us to qualify through some ability, in some aspects,” DeChambeau told reporters beforehand. 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 to that. I want to play in a lot of events on the PGA Tour. That would be awesome.

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“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.

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“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 every single person who doesn’t think it’s good for the game of golf.”

Michael C. Ford