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The popular Ryder Cup may not be the same this year, and the PGA Tour could be impacted as well.
Many big names in golf have received multi-million dollar contracts by the new Saudi Arabia-backed Premier Golf League that could force players like Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau, Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott and Justin Rose to at least contemplate joining this new tour, Telegraph Sports is reporting.
Eleven players have received up-front offers of between $30 million and $50 million, according to the report, with Mickelson supposedly getting a $100 million offer.
PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan is expected to host a players meeting Tuesday night to address the issue.
This league would feature up to 48 players taking part in 18 events in tournaments around the globe. There would also be a team ending championship at the end of each season. The belief is it would start in 2022.
“The money is there,” one agent told Golfweek on condition of anonymity. “I heard $1 billion. This is real.”
It was thought this new endeavor wasn’t a real threat when the PGA Tour bought an estimated $90 million stake in European Tour media operations. More recently, Golfweek reported that the PGA Tour created a $40 million Player Impact Program that was said to reward the top players for promoting the game.
But the Premier Golf League isn’t going away.