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‘More Opportunity Out There’: Rickie Fowler Reveals if He’ll Leave the PGA Tour for LIV Golf

Published 05/17/2022, 1:52 PM EDT

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LIV Golf Series has been the center of attention in the golf world for a while now. However, the fate of the professionals interested in playing in the event remains uncertain.

As time passes, many players are coming forward to reveal whether they will play in the league or not. Among those is PGA Tour golfer Rickie Fowler, who recently revealed what he thinks of the Series and whether or not he has made a decision yet. 

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“Yeah, I have!” Fowler replied quickly when the reporters asked him whether the LIV Golf authorities approached him with an offer. The golfer talked about his intention with the Saudi-backed league during the press meet ahead of the 2022 PGA Championship. 

“I’ll be straightforward with you guys,” he added. “I haven’t necessarily made a decision one way or the other.” 

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Additionally, Fowler also explained that the PGA Tour is the best place to play golf right now. However, the organization still has a place for improvement. “They (the league) wouldn’t really be coming up if they didn’t see that there was more opportunity out there,” he stated. 

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It has been only a week since the PGA Tour released a memo, rejecting the requests of players seeking permission to play in the rival league. “Tour members are not authorized to participate in the Saudi Golf League’s London event under our regulations,” the memo read. 

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“Are we independent contractors or not,” Fowler said as he demanded clarity from the Tour regarding the memo. He also wondered whether the golfers have an option to play both on the Tour and then the other leagues. 

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Furthermore, Fowler also stated that he doesn’t know the consequences a golfer will have to face if he chooses to play in the league. 

Turned professional in 2009, Fowler has been playing on the Tour for the last 12 years. He has won 5-times on the Tour events, the last being at the 2019 WM Phoenix Open. 

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Fowler is an experienced Tour professional. However, he hasn’t made a decision whether to play in the LIV Golf series or not. Even if he decides not to play in the league, his uncertainty will sure be a concern for the PGA Tour.

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Anjana Prabhakaran

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Anjana Prabhakaran is a Golf content writer at EssentiallySports. She has completed her Master's degree in Public Administration and considers researching as one of her hobbies. As her family is interested in sports, Anjana grew up watching every sport on television.
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