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Bubba Watson has resigned his PGA Tour membership following his move to LIV Golf.
The two-time Masters champion was still in the FedEx Cup standings due to the fact that he hadn't made his LIV debut yet but he revealed he had resigned on Twitter, saying he will be removed from the rankings after Sunday. It means he'll avoid any PGA Tour suspensions and joins a number of other LIV players to resign their memberships including Dustin Johnson, Kevin Na, Sergio Garcia and Louis Oosthuizen.
It may have come after being pressured by popular account Monday Q Info (@acaseofthegolf1), which called for him to resign in order to allow others opportunities.
"Dear @bubbawatson, I respect your reasons for signing with LIV, and I also know you understand players chasing the Tour as you played mini-tours for years before making it," Monday Q Info wrote to Watson. "If you resign your Tour membership 4 players will earn a spot in KFT finals. I hope you consider it."
I have resigned from @PGATour. Was told I will be removed from rankings after Sunday. Not sure how that plays out. Up to the Tour.August 10, 2022
The American was announced as a new signing for the Saudi-backed series last month, where it was confirmed that he would be a non-playing team captain at the next event on the LIV Golf schedule in Boston next month. It hasn't been confirmed as to which of the 12 LIV Golf teams he will be captaining.
Watson hasn't teed it up since May's PGA Championship having been sidelined with a knee injury and will play in the LIV Golf Invitational Series this year or in next year's LIV Golf League when he is fit to play.
He signed a deal reported to be in the region of $50 million.
Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.
Elliott is currently playing:
Driver: Honma TR20
3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max
2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi
Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW
Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58
Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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