Former Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama has been offered $400 million to join LIV Golf, according to Flushing It Golf on Twitter.
Matsuyama, 30, was expelled from the 3M Open after the first round last week citing a wrist injury.
But the eight-time PGA Tour winner has been strongly tipped by many to become one of the next star names to join LIV Golf.
“The sources who have yet to miss confirmed that Hideki’s contract is 400 million!!” reads the Flushing It tweet.
“To put that into perspective, that’s more than the ongoing career earnings of Tiger, Phil, Rory, JT and Spieth COMBINED.
“Really mind blowing and it shows how important the Asian market is. Any thoughts?”
Sources yet to miss have confirmed that Hideki’s deal is 400 million!! To put that into perspective, that’s more than the current career earnings of Tiger, Phil, Rory, JT and Spieth COMBINED. Truly mind blowing and it shows how important the Asian market is.
— Flushing It (@flushingitgolf) July 23, 2022
If the $400 million figure was the number LIV Golf offered to sign Matsuyama, it would be 10 times his career PGA Tour earnings.
Matsuyama currently ranks 25th on the all-time list with just over $40 million.
The world No. 15, who became the first man to win a major championship at the 2021 Masters, is Japan’s No. 1 athlete.
Matsuyama is simply adored in his homeland and that’s why he comes with such a hefty price tag if LIV Golf wants to nab him from the PGA Tour, which hosts its ZOZO Championship in Japan in mid-October.
LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman is planning a number of LIV golf tournaments for Japan and across Asia over the next few years, so Matsuyama will likely represent one of his most prized signings if he does. was getting.
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The apparent $400 million signing fee is just short of what Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods were apparently offered by LIV Golf for their services, but McIlroy and Woods firmly refused those offers earlier in the year as they were committing their future to the PGA. Round.
Open champion Cam Smith is another big name on the PGA Tour linked with a move to LIV Golf, and his value has apparently risen north of $125 million since he etched his name on the famed Claret Jug. in St Andrews two weeks ago.
I’ll take that as another scoop.
Just to be clear, the biggest names are coming. It’s a question of when, not if.
Expect 3 more names next week. https://t.co/TXQBydVzuv pic.twitter.com/7uTIcFNpMf
— Flushing It (@flushingitgolf) July 20, 2022
Who knows exactly if Matsuyama was offered $400 million, but one thing is certain and that’s that the @FlushingItGolf Twitter account has nailed transfers so far when it comes to LIV Golf.
Flushing It called Henrik Stenson, Jason Kokrak and “someone completely random”, which ended up being the case when Charles Howell III was added to the Bedminster field, scheduled for this week.
They even called out the fact that Smith, Matsuyama, Marc Leishman and Adam Scott would not yet be announced by LIV Golf, which they did.
It would appear that the Matsuyama team is currently working closely with LIV Golf Investments to find the best possible deal for everyone involved.
But surely Matsuyama will go to LIV Golf?
As Flushing It Golf points out in its tweet, $400 million is still more than the combined on-course earnings of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth.
Let that sink in for a moment.
Let’s see how this one unfolds…