Report: Bubba Watson Signs With LIV Golf

The two-time Masters winner will reportedly be unveiled as the latest signing during this week's tournament

Bubba Watson watches after he takes a shot during the 2022 PGA Championship
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The third LIV Golf Invitational Series event gets under way this week, with several high-profile new signings taking part, including Paul Casey and Henrik Stenson. However, according to a report by report by The Telegraph's Golf correspondent, James Corrigan there will be another big-name signing announced during the Bedminster, New Jersey event.

Two-time Masters winner Bubba Watson is expected to be unveiled as the latest player to have signed up for the Series, with the American slated to make his first appearance in the fourth tournament of the Saudi-backed venture’s inaugural season in Boston between 2 and 4 September. According to the report, Watson has been offered around $50m (£40m) to tempt him to put pen to paper with the further incentive of a captaincy of one of the 12 four-man teams. 

In April, Watson appeared to downplay rumours he was about to join the Series by posting an update to his schedule on Twitter that revealed a clash between the tournaments he was lined up to play and those in the Series. In the event, the 43-year-old has been injured throughout much of the summer and hasn’t made an appearance since tying for 30th in the following month’s PGA Championship.

The news of Watson’s probable signing to the Series comes in the aftermath of LIV Golf revealing details of its ambitious plans for next year, with a new $405m League. That will see the competition expand from eight to 14 tournaments in 2023, with events in more parts of the world and featuring promotion and relegation.   

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. 

Kevin Cook’s acclaimed 2007 biography, Tommy’s Honour, about golf’s founding father and son, remains one of his all-time favourite sports books.