‘No Regret Buyer’ on switching from PGA to LIV

Sugar Grove, Illinois (AP) – Bryson DeChambeau insisted he had no regrets about his decision to jump from the PGA Tour to the Saudi-funded LIV Golf Series.

“I couldn’t be happier to be here,” he said. “I have no remorse from the buyer.”

The 2020 US Open champion called it his biggest decision besides choosing his agent and added that he had “absolute respect” for the PGA Tour and the opportunities it provided him.

DeChambeau spoke Thursday at Rich Harvest Farms in the suburbs of Chicago, best known for hosting the Solheim Cup in 2009. It’s where the fifth and fourth LIV Golf event takes place on US soil this weekend.

It’s part of a 48-person field that includes Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, and Sergio Garcia. Players in 12 teams of four players will compete for points and cash prizes in a 54-hole no-cut and start-and-gun format. The portfolio is valued at $25 million, of which $4 million is for the individual winner and $3 million is for the winning team.

“What LIV Golf has introduced is something new, unique and different, and with that being said, there will be some turmoil and people will not like it, and I respect everyone who doesn’t think it’s good,” DeChambeau said. ‘You know, let me give it a chance, and if you give it a chance, you might see something great.”

The renegade series remains a source of controversy.

DeChambeau and Mickelson along with several other players and LIV Golf are involved in an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour, claiming that it used monopoly power to try to crush competition and unfairly suspended players. Players who did not resign their PGA Tour membership to compete in LIV events were suspended, most of these suspensions until March 2024.

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