If Rory McIlroy killed the Leading Golfing League with his reviews at the WGC-Mexico Championship a couple of months ago, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm set it in the floor on Sunday.
“I am out of the PGL. I am likely with the PGA Tour,” Koepka told The Linked Press. “I have a really hard time believing golfing must be about just 48 players.”
“I think what I am likely to do is emphasis on just the PGA Tour,” Rahm extra to Golfweek. “At the conclusion of the working day I am a competitor. I am a PGA Tour member and I am likely to remain that way.”
And now you have the No. 1, No. 2 and No. three golfers in the globe that have decried a Leading Golfing League that is however vying to get off the floor. Getting down a billion-dollar operation like the PGA Tour is no small undertaking, and the PGL was striving to do it with more substantial purses, smaller sized fields and a shorter season with staff components. Doing so with no the assistance of the three ideal players in the globe? Which is likely to be difficult.
What the PGL wanted early on as it tried out to upend the top rated businesses in expert golfing was the fascination and assistance of the ideal players in the globe. It initially obtained fascination from many of the top rated players in the globe — who would not be interested in the form of funds the PGL was promising? — but it hasn’t gotten any commitments, and with these three speaking out versus it, that is not very likely likely to happen.
“The far more I’ve considered about it, the far more I you should not like it,” claimed McIlroy in Mexico. “The one issue as a expert golfer in my position that I value is the actuality that I have autonomy and flexibility more than every thing that I do. … I’ve in no way been one for staying told what to do, and I like to have that autonomy and flexibility more than my vocation, and I experience like I would give that up by likely to enjoy this other league.
“For me, I am out. My position is I am versus it right until there might come a working day that I cannot be versus it. If absolutely everyone else goes, I may well not have a preference, but at this point … I you should not like what they’re proposing.”
McIlroy was referencing the actuality that the PGL was proposing a schedule in which participants would have to enjoy in every single party. Rahm and Koepka have distinctive explanations but the exact same conclusion result. They will not likely be participating in a distinctive expert league.
On a tough 7 days for the PGA Tour in which it had to terminate its greatest party on the early element of the calendar — the Gamers Championship — this is absolutely superior information. Few that with the actuality that the Tour just signed new content material specials with CBS Sporting activities, NBC Sporting activities and ESPN+ and the PGL just obtained whichever leg it stood on swiped out from underneath it.