Webb Simpson says PGL nonetheless appears ‘farfetched’ regardless of report of $30 million affords
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Premier Golf League is again on golf’s radar however it stays to be seen if the start-up circuit can acquire sufficient traction to woo the sport’s high gamers.
The Saudi Arabian-led plan to create a breakaway “world tour” has made multi-million greenback contract affords to a number of the world’s finest gamers with the promise of “astronomical” prize cash, in keeping with a report within the Telegraph Sport.
The report states, world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson have been provided upwards of $30 million contracts to hitch the league, which is able to observe a mannequin just like System 1 racing with four-man groups and a restricted worldwide schedule.
Based on the Telegraph Sport report, the circuit hopes to begin play in September 2022 though it stays to be seen what number of gamers shall be drawn from the PGA Tour. Final yr ,Rory McIlroy was probably the most outspoken star towards the PGL telling reporters he “wished to be on the best aspect of historical past.” On Tuesday on the Wells Fargo Championship Webb Simpson provided an analogous critique.
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“From the start it appeared like one thing that appears fairly farfetched to really occur,” Simpson stated. “I really like the PGA Tour. It is given me an unimaginable alternative these final 12 years of my life. It is exhausting for me to imagine that it is actually going to occur and the blokes will actually soar ship and go to a totally totally different means of golf than we have at all times had.”
Simpson went on to elucidate that he doesn’t know if his supervisor has been approached by the PGL however added, “[my manager] is aware of the place I stand on it.”
A report late final month in Golfweek revealed the Tour had began a “participant influence program” that may incentivize its stars to be extra energetic on social media and fascinating with followers through a $40 million bonus pool. Many considered that plan as a direct response to the PGL proposal.
Tour commissioner Jay Monahan deliberate to satisfy with gamers Tuesday at Quail Hole Membership, the place the PGL is bound to be a major subject. Monahan has already knowledgeable gamers that they’d lose their Tour membership in the event that they joined the PGL and given the Tour’s strategic alliance with the European Tour it’s possible these from the Continent would face an analogous resolution.