Over the past few days, we have seen more information come to light regarding the Saudi Golf League, with multiple players signing non-disclosure agreements, indicating that an announcement about the launch date is likely to be sooner rather than later.
What we do know, is that millions and millions of dollars have been thrown around, with reports from several media outlets mentioning amounts that have been offered to the world's elite. For example, in a Sportsmail report, it has been revealed that Bryson DeChambeau is one of those players, with the 28-year-old rumoured to be offered an astounding £100 million to be the poster boy of the new league.
The Daily Telegraph also reported that Ian Poulter had been offered up to $30m to join a breakaway league, whilst the likes of Dustin Johnson and Lee Westwood have stated that they have signed NDA's.
According to the Daily Mail, the Saudis are luring golf's leading stars by offering shares of a gigantic £1.5 billion pot, with five 'future Ryder Cup captains' allegedly sitting on £20 million signing-on proposals.
What may be slightly more worrying for the PGA and DP World Tours, is that the Golf League are also targeting players who are in their prime, rather than those who are coming to the end of their careers.
This may be be the case with two-time Saudi International winner, Dustin Johnson, who was asked: "If he had received a similar offer to that of Ian Poulter's?," DJ answered humorously by saying: "No, not similar!" The American did also mention earlier in the week that he: “Thinks it's a really good concept," and that it will: "Make it a little more interesting for the fans and for the players."
A reliable source also told Sportsmail that: "They are talking to players that I never thought in a million years would be tempted. The money being spoken about is difficult to get your head around.
"The veterans who have basically had their careers, many would consider it a no-brainer if they joined. But when the Saudis finally make an announcement, people are going to be surprised by one or two names on there."
One of those veterans who has signed an NDA is Westwood, who had this to say about the Tours who are squabbling: "The other tours see the Asian Tour as a threat now because of the huge investment. It's kind of like a game of poker where the European Tour and the PGA Tour had the biggest hand, and now there's somebody else who has come to the table with more chips, so everybody is on their guard.
"I can see why they're thought of as a threat, but at the same time the European and the PGA Tour went all over Asia's patch that probably cost the Asian Tour over the years. By playing in the Middle East, it appears the Asian Tour are now just doing what the other two tours have been doing for the past 25 years."
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Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.
Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.
Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?
Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°
Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°
Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW
Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°
Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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