Just In: 2 PGA Tour Players Linked With LIV Golf Reveal Their Ultimate Decision

Published 08/29/2022, 2:15 PM EDT
Golf – The inaugural LIV Golf Invitational – Centurion Club, Hemel Hempstead, St Albans, Britain – June 8, 2022 Chief executive of LIV Golf Investments Greg Norman before the Pro-Am Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

The ongoing battle between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf has taken a massive shift as per the recent reports. The Saudi-funded Tour has managed to sign some of the best PGA Tour players of this decade. With LIV Golf attempting to sign more new players, the lucrative series’ latest targets have finally announced their decision regarding which Tour they wish to play for.

For the past few weeks, rumors have been swirling around the 2021 Masters winner Hideki Matsuyama reportedly interested in making the jump to the lucrative series. Along with the Japanese, Cameron Young was also keen on joining the newly-founded Tour.

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With the completion of a drama-filled FedExCup final, the two stars finally have a decision. Considering the reports that had been declared for the past few weeks, their decision might surprise you!

What did the PGA Tour stars decide?

With both Young and Matsuyama being young and ranked in the top 20 in the World Golf Rankings, their exit will have a significant negative impact on the PGA Tour. However, both stars have decided to remain loyal to the American Tour.

Cameron Young posted seven top-three completions in 25 starts — including a sprinter up at the Open Championship and a T-3 at the PGA Championship. He also finished ninth at the end of the regular season in FedEx Cup. Young appreciated LIV Golf’s initiatives in the sport and was openly interested in joining them.

However, with the changes in the PGA Tour, thanks to a meeting conducted by Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy ahead of the BMW Championship, Young had a change of thought. The Tour has announced to start of a new golf league named TGL that will begin in 2024. This will also help the PGA Tour stars earn more in prize money compared to the past.

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Along with the 25-year-old, Hideki Matsuyama also confirmed his decision to continue playing in the 92-year-old Tour. The Japanese golfer was rumored to take part in the upcoming LIV event in Boston. However, with the latest reports suggesting his loyalty to the PGA Tour, it’s clear to say we won’t be seeing him in the lucrative series.

Golf – The inaugural LIV Golf Invitational – Centurion Club, Hemel Hempstead, Britain – June 7, 2022 General view of LIV Golf branding Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

With further new changes initiated in the PGA Tour to dethrone their nemesis, looks like their plans already have a positive effect. Nonetheless, the Tour war has only begun with a lot more drama to unfold. With both Tours in competition to deliver the best golf product to the world, the fans are the biggest winners.

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Whose do you think has a better future in Golf, LIV Golf or PGA Tour? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Abdul Bari Khan

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Abdul Bari is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Bachelor’s in Business Administration, Abdul is currently pursuing his Master’s in the same. With great affection for the world of sports, this avid golf lover turned to the course at a young age.

Edited By: Jito Tenson

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