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US Open 2022: Bryson DeChambeau says joining LIV is ‘a business decision’, still wants to play PGA Tour

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BROOKLINE, Mass. – Less than two weeks after saying it would be a “risk” to quit the PGA Tour, Bryson DeChambeau is now a member of rival circuit LIV Golf.

So what happened?

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“It was primarily a business decision,” DeChambeau said Monday at the US Open, his first public comments since LIV announced he had joined the upstart league and planned to make his debut later this month. at Pumpkin Ridge.

“That’s all there was to it. It gave me a lot more opportunities outside of golf and gave me more time with my family and my future family. So for me, that was the decision.


LIV Golf is a “business decision” for DeChambeau


DeChambeau has long been linked with the Saudi-backed Tour, but after a wave of high-profile players reiterated their commitment to the PGA Tour in February, DeChambeau also fell in line. Last week at the Memorial, he said he planned to continue playing on the PGA Tour, against the best players in the world, telling reporters of a potential jump: “I personally don’t think at this point, I’m at a place in my career where I can risk things like that.

LIV’s $25 million inaugural event was already underway outside of London, and reports indicate that tournament officials have significantly increased their offers to players. DeChambeau conceded Monday that the financial commitment — he was reportedly offered more than $100 million to join — played a big role in his decision.


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“There was a lot of finance and a lot of time,” he said. “I can also have a life outside of the game of golf.”

Part of DeChambeau’s future plans is a multi-sports complex (with an attached charter school) in Dallas, where he hopes to create a place for long-term drivers to hone their craft, with a view to potentially hosting the World Championship in long drive.

A more immediate concern is what happens to DeChambeau’s playing opportunities. Seventeen former and current PGA Tour players were suspended last week after participating in Event LIV without posting a conflicting event. Commissioner Jay Monahan said all future LIV players will receive the same punishment.

“It’s not my call to make,” DeChambeau said. “It’s someone else’s decision taking that for me.”

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DeChambeau, who intends to play the rest of the eight-tournament LIV schedule, has not yet resigned his Tour membership and said he would like to continue playing in Tour events, specifically mentioning the Memorial and the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Although he was entered into the field for next week’s Travelers Championship, DeChambeau pulled out of the event, saying he didn’t want to be a distraction.

When asked why he still wanted to play on the Tour despite being a member of the rival circuit, he replied, “Because I want to play where people can see great entertainment. I want to deliver this wherever I am.

DeChambeau said he understands his decision would polarize golf fans, and he also acknowledged LIV’s controversial source of funding through Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.

“What happened wasn’t great,” he said, “but they’re making the right decision based on what I can see and what we’ve had conversations about.”

After making what he called a “very difficult” decision that he’s been grappling with for years, DeChambeau said he believes “a lot of good will come out of this eventually.”

“Ultimately,” he said, “it was a business decision for my family’s future, and it gave me a lot of free time, so it clarified a lot of things for me. “

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