DeChambeau denies £100m offer to join Saudi Golf League
It’s really hotting up now with the news that Bryson DeChambeau was reportedly offered £100m to be the face of the proposed Saudi Golf League, according to a report in Sportsmail.
But he then replied 'wrong', via his Instagram, that this wasn't the case. Nothing more that that so the guessing games can keep going.
For many the American, with all his big-hitting thrills and weird and wonderful opinions and habits, would be the ideal front of something so radical with the likes of some more experienced names now being mooted. Ian Poulter has reportedly been offered up to £22m to sign up while Lee Westwood has supposedly signed an Non Disclosure Agreement which prevents him from commenting on anything.
And, if you were a betting man, then Dustin Johnson has done little to distance himself from any future moves. Likewise Phil Mickelson who revealed this week that ‘Pretty much every player in the top 100 in the world has been contacted.'
The Saudi pot is believed to be £1.5 billion so there’s bundles to go around.
A ‘reliable source’ told Sportsmail: “There’s an awful lot of meetings going on in Saudi that people don’t know about. 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.”
If players do sign up then they could face a lifetime ban from the PGA and DP World Tours and, equally, a few possible Ryder Cup captains will miss out on leading Europe and the United States.