Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau Receive Multi-Million Dollar Offers to Join Premier Golf League

Published 05/04/2021, 2:55 PM EDT
Golf – The Masters – Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, Georgia, U.S. – April 6, 2021 Dustin Johnson of the U.S. during a practice round REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst


For those who thought the Premier Golf League shut its doors, check again! For those who are unaware of the idea, it is a breakaway tour that is aiming to lure players from the PGA Tour and the European version of it. The PGL is once again back with business, and players like Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Rickie Fowler, and Justin Rose have been offered multi-million dollar contracts to sign with them. 

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There are skeptical thoughts everywhere. Golf as we know will never be the same if the proposed superleague comes into existence. The best players in the world will then compete in a separate league which is currently being looked at as rivals. 

Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau to join the Premier Golf League? 

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British media house ‘The Telegraph’ published a report this week that gave fans a cause for concern. The article mentioned that several top players were approached by the Premier Golf League to sign for them. 

There was no anonymity and players like Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott, Brooks Koepka, Rickie Fowler, and Justin Rose were all mentioned. The new tour is all about the money that is involved, and it was reported that the numbers in the discussion were between $30-50million

Mar 24, 2021; Austin, Texas, USA; Dustin Johnson lines up a putt on the sixth green during the first day of the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play golf tournament at Austin Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

The contract offers are staggering and the PGA Tour is certainly under threat now. The Premier Golf League once knocked on the doors in 2020, but it never picked up. However, the tour which is powered by a group of Saudi Arabian investors in gaining all the attention once again. 

The league also has an official Twitter handle where one can find the required information about how it will operate. There will be 48 players who will participate in 18 events spread across the calendar. 

Lucrative prize purses will be the highlight of every event, and the league has also proposed a season-ending team championship as well as an individual championship. Players will be guaranteed their money and the Premier Golf League is expected to start from 2022. 

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The Premier Golf League is valued at $1 billion

If you’re offering contracts in the $30M range to every player in the league, then it is no surprise. An anonymous agent informed Golfweek that “the money is there” and that he heard $1billion for real. 

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The new league will definitely face mixed welcomes if it becomes official. The top players will also be scrutinized over their actions as the PGA Tour just announced a $40 million bonus pool to the ten most “impactful players.”

Apr 30, 2021; Palm Harbor, Florida, USA; Justin Thomas reacts after his shot on the 1st hole during the second round of the Valspar Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

For some, the Premier Golf League will make the sport more interesting. However, even if it subdues the PGA Tour, what will be the case for the four Major championships? Well, we’re yet to find out about that! 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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