Koepka and Rahm deal huge blow to Premier Golf League

Koepka and Rahm deal huge blow to Premier Golf League

Koepka and Rahm deal huge blow to Premier Golf League

"I think right now everyone is nervous about what has been going around, but I think it's the necessary steps that need to be taken in regards to the safety and health of not only players, but just the general population".

At the very least, the prospect of the Premier Golf League is becoming less and less "first" day by day, because one star after another has distanced itself from it. "I don't see how we can play it, (Augusta National isn't) even open in September".

Following world No. 1 Rory McIlroy and No. 3 Brooks Koepka, No. 2 Jon Rahm added his name to the list of players who said they won't be part of the proposed team golf concept, telling Golfweek on Sunday that he's committed to the PGA Tour. Watson gave his allegiance to the PGA Tour via Twitter.

Having such an global schedule may have already limited the involvement of Tiger Woods, who continues to struggle physically, but such responses from the world ranked one, two and three is a devastating blow to the PGL and its CEO Andrew Gardiner, who had become the public face and voice of the brand. If this keeps up, there will be no one left for the league to recruit.

"I am a member of the PGA Tour and I will stay that way", said Rahm. "I have a hard time believing golf should be about just 48 players".

The tournaments would be 54 holes rather than the traditional 72 and there would be an individual and team league format, with the weekly individual victor claiming £1.5 million of the £7.5 million.

Fields in most of the PGA Tour events range from about 120 to 156. "But these guys who we see win, who have been grinding for 10 or 15 years, that's what makes the cool stories". I'd have a hard time looking at guys and putting them out of a job.

Not too long ago, Koepka was one of the back-end players, making his way through the Challenge Tour in Europe in 2012 and finally got his European Tour card before going to the PGA Tour with his first victory in 2015.

"I don't forget where I've come from". We are and have been working in concert with [PGA Tour] commissioner Jay Monahan and our partners and friends at the PGA Tour to find an alternative date that works for all. There's something to be said about freedom of playing.

With the PGA Tour suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic, he decided the time was right.

Last week, the PGA Tour canceled the Players Championship as well as this week's Valspar Championship, the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship and the Valero Texas Open.

Golfweek said he spoke to Rahm on Thursday and quoted him saying, "I think what I'm going to do is focus only on the PGA Tour". I'm a PGA Tour participant and I'm mosting likely to remain this way.

"The Masters is my favourite tournament of the year, so I obviously have hopes that we'll get to play it, and whenever we do, we do". The way Jay Monahan and the Tour have handled the current situation makes me proud to be a member!

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