PGA Tour Pro's Apparent LIV Golf U-Turn

Comments made by reported LIV signing Brendan Steele claiming he wasn't interested in joining the circuit have resurfaced

Brendan Steele takes a shot a the 2023 Famers Insurance Open
Brendan Steele seems poised to sign for LIV Golf weeks after he claimed he wasn't interested in signing
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With the new LIV Golf season just days away, a clutch of players have been linked with the rebel circuits following the confirmation that Mito Pereira and Sebastian Munoz had signed up in time for the first event in Mexico.

One player reportedly joining is American Brendan Steele. However, if that signing is confirmed it will represent a significant turnaround for a player who, only two months ago, claimed he wasn’t interested in playing for the Greg Norman-fronted organisation.

Speaking to the media at a conference call in December, Steele said: “For me, I’m fine if guys want to go. I think they just have to make the best decision for them. But don’t expect to come back and play on our tour. I have not been approached. I think the way that it has mostly worked is that guys have gone and sought them out and told them they are interested. For me, it is not something that I’m interested in. So it hasn’t really been any sort of a problem for me. But I don’t hold it against guys for doing it.”

Even though Steele claimed he had no inclination to sign for LIV, during the same call, he admitted that life on the PGA Tour can be precarious. That's true for Steele, too. Even though he has over $20m in earnings, the current World No.122 missed seven cuts last year. That’s seven tournaments where he didn’t receive payment, and he explained that the security of guaranteed payments would have its attractions for some.

He said: “We play a sport where it is very fickle and you have no contracts as far as signing with the Dodgers for five years and if you get hurt, you get paid. We don’t have any of that stuff. So to have a little bit of security in going over there, I think you can kind of understand the narrative for each guy who went. Some want security financially. Some are older, some are guys who are more injured. Some guys haven’t been playing as well but have a big name. There are all sorts of reasons why you would want to do it.”

Steele’s apparent turnaround bears similarities with the likes of Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka, who each pledged their allegiances to the PGA Tour at various points before eventually signing for LIV Golf anyway. Whatever the reasons for Steele’s supposed change of heart, the three-time PGA Tour winner appears, like plenty of players before him, to have decided that at this point in his career, it’s the right time for a move to the 14-tournament League.

Mike Hall

Mike has over 25 years of experience in journalism, including writing on a range of sports throughout that time, such as golf, football and cricket. Now a freelance staff writer for Golf Monthly, he is dedicated to covering the game's most newsworthy stories. 

He has written hundreds of articles on the game, from features offering insights into how members of the public can play some of the world's most revered courses, to breaking news stories affecting everything from the PGA Tour and LIV Golf to developmental Tours and the amateur game. 

Mike grew up in East Yorkshire and began his career in journalism in 1997. He then moved to London in 2003 as his career flourished, and nowadays resides in New Brunswick, Canada, where he and his wife raise their young family less than a mile from his local course. 

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