Confirmed: Bubba Watson Joins LIV Golf

The two-time Major champion has been unveiled as LIV Golf's latest recruit

Bubba Watson preparing to hit a tee shot during a practice round for the 2022 PGA Championship
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Golf’s most recent worst-kept secret has been confirmed, with LIV Golf announcing Bubba Watson as the latest player to join the Saudi-funded breakaway tour. 

The two-time Masters champion had long been linked with the Greg Norman-fronted series and has now put pen to paper on a deal reported to be in the region of $50 million. 

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"Bubba Watson is a tremendous addition to LIV Golf – another Major champion joining the growing list of stars on our teams. His game combines the power, innovation, and excitement that the LIV Golf brand represents," said Norman, LIV Golf CEO and commissioner. 

"He’s a risk-taker who has cemented his name among the world’s very best and we’re eager for him to come aboard to bring new energy and audiences to this league."

Watson hasn't featured since May's PGA Championship having been sidelined with a knee injury and now finds himself slipping down the world rankings. However, he remains a prominent figure within the game and will make his debut appearance as an off-course captain at the LIV Golf Invitational Boston.

It's expected he won't tee it up until the LIV Golf League launches next year as he continues his recovery from surgery, while it also remains to be seen which team he will captain.

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Speculation ramped up when the former World No. 2 appeared in a promo video alongside Matt Wolff that was aired during the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational London. Wolff subsequently signed to LIV ahead of the second event in Portland, with Watson now joining his fellow American. 

As it stands, he is the 11th Major champion on the LIV roster as Norman continues to lure big names away from the traditional tours. Recent recruits include Sweden's Henrik Stenson, who was stripped of the Ryder Cup captaincy for violating the terms of the contract he signed to lead Europe in the 2023 match in Rome.

It's still unclear whether players will be eligible to feature in the biennial dust-up, with the qualification process to begin later this year. Luke Donald is reportedly being lined up to take the reins for Team Europe and has vowed he "wouldn't be doing a Henrik" if given the role.

LIV Golf bosses have accelerated the expansion of the Saudi-backed circuit following the success of the first two invitational events, with next year's schedule to feature 14 events and an increased total prize pot of $405m.

Andrew Wright
Andrew Wright

A lifelong golf fan, Andy graduated in 2019 with a degree in Sports Journalism and got his first role in the industry as the Instruction Editor for National Club Golfer. From there, he went on to enjoy a spell freelancing for Stats Perform producing football reports, and then for RacingNews365 covering Formula 1. However, he couldn't turn down the opportunity to get back into the sport he grew up watching and playing and now covers a mixture of equipment, instruction and news for Golf Monthly's website and print title.


Andy took up the game at the age of seven and even harboured ambitions of a career in the professional ranks for a spell. That didn’t pan out, but he still enjoys his weekend golf at Royal Troon and holds a scratch handicap. As a side note, he's made five holes-in-one and could quite possibly be Retief Goosen’s biggest fan.


As well as the above, some of Andy's work has featured on websites such as goal.com, dailyrecord.co.uk, and theopen.com.


What's in Andy's bag?

Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero (9°)

3-wood: TaylorMade M1 (15°)

Driving iron: Titleist U500 (17°)

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro '19 (4-PW)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50°, 54° and 58°)

Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1