Sugar Grove, Illinois – Bryson DeShampoo He insisted he had no regrets about his decision to jump from the PGA Tour to the Saudi-funded LIV Golf Series.
“I couldn’t be happier to be here,” he said. “I have no remorse from the buyer.”
The 2020 US Open champion called it his biggest decision besides choosing his agent and added that he had “absolute respect” for the PGA Tour and the opportunities it provided him.
DeChambeau spoke Thursday at Rich Harvest Farms in the suburbs of Chicago, best known for hosting the Solheim Cup in 2009. It’s where the fifth and fourth LIV Golf event takes place on US soil this weekend.
It is part of a field of 48 that includes Dustin JohnsonAnd the Phil Mickelson And the Sergio Garcia. Players in 12 teams of four players will compete for points and cash prizes in a 54-hole no-cut and start-and-gun format. The portfolio is valued at $25 million, of which $4 million is for the individual winner and $3 million is for the winning team.
“What LIV Golf has brought is something new, unique and different, and with that being said, there will be some turbulence and people will not like it, and I respect everyone who does not think they are good for golf,” Deschamps said. “I get it, but I hope they’re open enough to go, you know, just let me give it a shot, and if you give it a chance, you might see something cool.”
The renegade series remains a source of controversy.
DeChambeau and Mickelson along with several other players and LIV Golf are involved in an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour, claiming that it used monopoly power to try to crush competition and unfairly suspended players. Players who did not resign their PGA Tour membership to compete in LIV events were suspended, most of these suspensions until March 2024.
There is also the question of where the funding comes from, given Saudi Arabia’s human rights record. Critics say players mainly take blood money.
Among them is Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, a Democrat. The Whip Majority Chair and the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman tweeted Thursday that he was unhappy with the event in his state.
“This weekend a golf glove will attempt to cover a bloodied hand as the LIV golf tournament arrives in Chicago in a desperate attempt by the Saudi government to clean up its image,” Durbin wrote.
Players tried to avoid politics and focus on golf.
“Obviously everyone is entitled to their opinion” Anirban Lahiri He said. “I have my own. But I don’t think it’s relevant. My golf is appropriate. What we do with our actions for the community here is very relevant. These are all visible, and I think that’s what people need to see. That’s what people do need to focus because there’s a lot of things The good that does happen, but no one talks about it.”
Joaquin Niemannwho is playing his second LIV event, sees the series as helping “develop the game in a good way by coordinating this team.”
“It’s very exciting,” he added. “I used to love him.”
DeChambeau hopes that one day the PGA Tour and LIV Golf will meet and allow players to compete in both rounds. He insisted that his goal is not to overtake the PGA Tour.
He’ll love DeChambeau more than competing in the Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina, next weekend. But because he made the jump, it wouldn’t.
“I personally think that the team events only hurt themselves by not letting us play, not letting us qualify through some ability, in some aspects,” he said.
Instead, he would watch the Presidents Cup from afar.
“I’m a golf lover, first and foremost,” DeChambeau said. “I will be watching golf wherever I play with some of the best players in the world, whoever. I think that will change in the future. I think this is going to become something special, even more special than it is now, and going forward in the future, I am still watching the other tournaments Which I’ve won and done well before.”