Bryson DeChambeau has joined the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Sequence, match officers mentioned.
DeChambeau had beforehand been linked to the breakaway circuit however mentioned in February that “so long as the very best gamers on the planet are taking part in the PGA Tour, so will I”.
DeChambeau, 28, is the newest massive identify to affix the LIV Golf Invitational Sequence, whose first occasion started, to a lot fanfare, in Hemel Hempstead, close to London, on Thursday.
The massive-hitting American, whose prodigious size off the tee has raised considerations about whether or not he’s pushing his physique too laborious, has been restricted this 12 months as a consequence of wrist and hip accidents. He missed the lower in his final three begins on the PGA Tour.
Dustin Johnson, who additionally mentioned he was “totally dedicated” to the PGA Tour on the identical day, subsequently resigned his membership and is competing within the opening LIV Golf occasion at Centurion Membership this week.
Minutes after the primary pictures had been struck on Thursday, the PGA Tour suspended all 17 gamers within the area who had been collaborating regardless of having been turned down for the required releases.
PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan added: “The identical destiny holds true for every other gamers who take part in future Saudi Golf League occasions in violation of our laws.”
LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman, who is predicted to signal extra gamers forward of the second occasion in Portland, Oregon, which begins on June 30, mentioned: “Bryson DeChambeau is an thrilling addition to LIV Golf’s supercharged fashion of play.
“He’s passionate concerning the sport, modern in his strategy and dedicated to pushing the boundaries in pursuit of excellence.
“He is not afraid to suppose outdoors the field and helps our mission of doing issues in another way to develop our recreation.
“The facility and vitality he brings to the course will ship added electrical energy to our competitors in Portland and past.”