PGA Tour Players Warned Not to Join Rival Premier Golf League

Published 05/05/2021, 9:30 AM EDT
Golf – The Masters – Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, Georgia, U.S. – April 6, 2021 Dustin Johnson of the U.S. walks down the 14th hole during a practice round REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst


The PGA Tour is under threat once again. It’s been a year since news about a ‘Super Golf League’ emerged under the backing of Saudi-based investors. The idea seemed to be scrapped after a few players refused to join, but the ‘Premier Golf League’ is back in business once again, even though the idea is yet to flourish. 

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Nobody knows how the idea re-emerged once again, but the league is back with bigger news this time. Reports have already been published claiming that the Premier Golf League is looking to commence by September 2022. 

Furthermore, it was also revealed that players like Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, and many others were offered multi-million dollar contracts to sign with them. All of this looks enticing indeed, but how did the PGA Tour react to this?

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PGA Tour Commissioner held a mandatory meeting about the Premier Golf League

The world’s best golfers are currently in Charlotte, North Carolina, for the Wells Fargo Championship. The Premier Golf League reports emerged all of a sudden and caught the attention of the golf community. 

This forced PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan to hold an emergency meeting at the Quail Hollow Club where he partly spoke about the Premier Golf League. Monahan was aware of the offers presented by the breakaway tour, and he had a few pointers to the tour pros present during the player-only meeting. 

The new Saudi-based tour is an easy money option. However, if any player wishes to become a rebel and jump ship, he will face severe consequences. As per sources, Monahan iterated that a player will face an immediate ban and lifetime suspension from the PGA Tour if he commits to the Premier Golf League.

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Golf – The Masters – Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, Georgia, U.S. – April 8, 2021 Bryson DeChambeau of the U.S. stands on the 3rd tee during the first round REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Furthermore, European Tour CEO Keith Pelley said: “We are aligned with the PGA TOUR in opposing, in the strongest possible terms, any proposal for an alternative golf league.”

The PGA Tour despises the rival league. There is so much chatter about the potential “super league,” but it remains to be seen if the players will contemplate abandoning what they already have. What’s your take on the new Premier Golf League? 

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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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