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In the latest round of speculation, Bryson DeChambeau has now reportedly been offered a whopping $240 million to become the poster boy of the rumoured Saudi-backed Super Golf League.
That figure comes from golf personality and YouTuber Peter Finch, who is out at this week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open. Finch took to Twitter to tell his near-80,000 followers of the latest rumblings surrounding the controversial breakaway circuit.
Check out his Tweet below:
Update on this, sources on the ground here in 🇺🇸 are saying the figure is closer to $240,000,000……yes you read that correctly https://t.co/paFV5GXGRFFebruary 11, 2022
Quoting a previous post, Finch’s tweet reads: “Update on this, sources on the ground here in the USA are saying the figure is closer to $240,000,000….yes you read that correctly.”
This comes after it was reported at last week’s Saudi International that the big-hitting American was the Saudi’s main target, and that they had put together a $135m offer to secure his signature.
DeChambeau quickly denied that claim, saying it was “wrong” in response to a social media post. And perhaps he was telling the truth.
Backed by the Public Investment Fund, LIV Golf Investments (LGI) supposedly has a $1.5 billion war chest at its disposal to get the SGL up and running, so it would come as no shock to find out there is some truth to the latest news.
As chief executive of LGI, Greg Norman was in Saudi Arabia last week in an attempt to coax some of the game’s biggest names to ditch the main tours and say goodbye to their Ryder Cup careers.
As well as DeChambeau, European Ryder Cup stalwarts Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Henrik Stenson have also been approached. Poulter is reportedly mulling over a deal in the region of $30m, while Westwood told reporters he had signed a non-disclosure agreement (NDA), all but confirming he is also a target.
As for Stenson, he faces a choice between Saudi riches and leading his continent in Rome next year, as Team Europe looks to recover from a harrowing defeat to the United States in 2021.
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