PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. — Collin Morikawa, winner of two of golf’s previous seven main championships, stated he’s dedicated to taking part in on the PGA Tour after listening to a proposal from organizers of the Saudi-backed Tremendous Golf League.
“I am all for the PGA Tour,” Morikawa stated Tuesday, throughout a information convention forward of this week’s Genesis Invitational at Riviera Nation Membership. “I have been a professional for 2 and a half years. My complete life I’ve thought concerning the PGA Tour. I’ve thought of taking part in in opposition to Tiger [Woods], beating his data, no matter, one thing which may not even be breakable. However I’ve by no means had one other considered what’s on the market, proper? I’ve by no means thought of the rest, it is at all times been the PGA Tour.”
A handful of high-profile PGA Tour gamers, together with Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson, have reportedly been mulling over presents from the potential new golf circuit being fronted by Greg Norman. Different gamers from the DP World Tour (previously European Tour) have additionally been approached. England’s Lee Westwood informed reporters on the Saudi Worldwide earlier this month that he had signed a non-disclosure settlement with organizers of the brand new league.
Earlier this month, it was introduced that Saudi-funded golf tournaments might be performed in Nice Britain and the Center East as a part of a new 10-event series on the Asian Tour. Norman stated future occasions may even happen within the U.S.
“Proper now, you take a look at one of the best gamers that I see they usually’re all sticking with the PGA Tour and that is the place I type of keep and that is the place I belong,” Morikawa stated. “I am very glad to be right here.”
Morikawa, 25, stated he did not hear sufficient particular particulars concerning the proposed breakaway league to noticeably think about leaping from the PGA Tour.
“Look, so we had conversations,” Morikawa stated. “That was later down the highway. There’s guys which have been earlier. I took my time, I needed to seek out out extra particulars. Yeah, there’s cash. I do not assume anybody’s signing up without cost, proper?
“The one method I can begin serious about different excursions, different leagues, no matter you name it, I would like concrete proof. I would like to have the ability to see a sheet in entrance of me and know what’s on the market, proper? And as of now, for what I do know, I do not know what’s on the market. All I’ve heard are rumors, all I’ve heard is discuss and that is exhausting to do.”
On Monday, PGA Tour professional Kramer Hickok steered on the Stripe Present podcast that greater than a dozen gamers have already dedicated to play within the Saudi-backed league.
“You are going to see a number of massive names bounce over there,” stated Hickok, who completed fourth within the Houston Open earlier this season. “I feel there have already been 17 guys bounce over. I can not say who they’re, however there are going to be some massive names going over there. From what I’ve heard, the cash could be very, very interesting.”
Hickok stated the proposed league would have 12 to 14 occasions with “big purses,” no cuts and 40-man fields. He stated 10 of the occasions can be staged within the U.S.
“I need to know the small print, too,” Morikawa stated. “I do not need to hold listening to it from different individuals saying it is advisable go discuss to this particular person, it is advisable do that, that is what they’ve, that is what they do not have. If there have been extra particulars, possibly I might have thought of it extra, possibly I might have given it extra of a choice, and I might have needed to sit down and ask extra questions. However it’s exhausting to ask questions if you’re not getting solutions, both.”