REPORT: Bubba Watson Among Players Joining Saudi Golf League
The names of players who are jumping ship from the PGA Tour and going to the new Saudi-backed golf league are beginning to be leaked out.
According to a report from The Telegraph, two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson is among the players set to play the newly formed league.
Other players include Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Kevin Na, at least, according to this report.
“We’ve respected the Masters and let it go off, but now our journey is finally coming to fruition —for the players, not for me. Their rightful place to have what they want. That’s why they are still very, very, very interested. We have players signed, contrary to the white noise you’re hearing out there,” CEO Greg Norman told the paper.
All four of those players are coming off an appearance at The Masters this past weekend and none of them were in contention.
According to the same report, the Saudi-backed tour was set to announced a players list that included Bryson DeChambeau and Dustin Johnson, before Phil Mickelson’s set off a firestorm.
“Quite honestly, it doesn’t matter who plays, we’re going to put the event on. There’s a $4 million first prize. I hope a kid who’s 350th in the world wins. It’ll change his life, his family’s life. And then a few of our events will go by and the top players will see someone winning $6 million, $8 million, and say ‘enough is enough, I know I can beat these guys week in week out with my hands tied behind my back,” Norman added.
The tour is set to kick off in June, the week before the U.S. Open overseas.
As GolfNewsRI reported, the Tour is coming to Massachusetts’ International Golf Club in September.