‘I Love the PGA Tour’- Former Major Champion Unwilling to Join Premier Golf League

Published 05/05/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
Golf – The Masters – Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, Georgia, U.S. – April 5, 2021 Webb Simpson of the U.S. hits his tee shot on the 12th hole during a practice round REUTERS/Brian Snyder


The Premier Golf League has once again come calling with its glittering offers. The breakaway tour is aiming to lure top players to sign for them, but not everyone is enticed by the lucrative contract deals. For starters, 2012 U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson has pledged his loyalty to the PGA Tour. 

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A lot has been happening over the last couple of days. The Premier Golf League is once again in the news for reaching out to the tour pros with a structured proposal. Nothing is finalized yet, and the golfers are skeptical about leaving what they have and venturing into a new area. 

High-profile players have already been contacted with multi-million dollar contracts in the waiting. Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau are two among the few, but it is highly unlikely that these two would commit to the new league. 

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Webb Simpson is strong with his response to the Premier Golf League

There are loyal golfers like Webb Simpson who feel golf is just not about the money. It is also how the game is played and treated. Simpson feels the Premier Golf League talks have been interesting but it’s never going to happen.

Apr 18, 2021; Hilton Head, South Carolina, USA; Webb Simpson tees off on the second hole during the final round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

“I don’t really get into the details at all, I let my agent handle everything, but from the beginning, it seemed like something that seems pretty far-fetched to actually happen,” he mentioned. 

If it happens, the new tour will see 48 players competing in 18 tournaments across the calendar. There will also be a season-ending individual and team championship with staggering prize money. However, Simpson is still not enticed by all this and he thinks the others won’t too. 

“I haven’t talked really about it since The Players Championship. I love the PGA Tour. It’s given me an incredible opportunity these last 12 years of my life.”

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“It’s hard for me to believe that it’s really going to happen and the guys will really jump ship and go to a completely different way of golf than we’ve always had,” Simpson mentioned. 

It is relieving to know that a top PGA Tour professional is unwilling to join the Premier Golf League if it happens. The idea is good, but many fear that the league will completely change the sport as we know it. What’s your opinion on this? 

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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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