Friday was supposed to be the day we found out who was heading to London for the LIV Golf Series opener from June 9-11 at Centurion Golf Club.
In what has become a recurring theme, the field has not been released.
The Saudi-backed breakout league led by Greg Norman has been anything but punctual in the run-up to the series debut. A few players have committed to the event, including Lee Westwood, Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia.
At the Wells Fargo Championship, Garcia showed he was eager to put the PGA Tour in its review mirror with his breakdown on camera on a stray ball.
Westwood has already faced the repercussions of his decision, losing longtime sponsor UPS.
Well, we all know what’s going on with Lefty.
On May 10, the Tour rejected the player’s request to participate in the event.
“We have informed those who have applied that their application has been declined in accordance with PGA Tour Tournament rules. As such, Tour members are not permitted to participate in the Saudi Golf League London event under our rules,” reads the letter signed by PGA Tour Executive Vice President Tyler Dennis. “As a membership organization, we believe this decision is in the best interest of the PGA Tour and its players.”
Recently, it was reported that Jack Nicklaus was offered over $100 million to be the face of the league. It would be objectively funny if LIV waited until Memorial Week to release the land. Firstly, because the roster of players ready to play Murfield Village is likely to get busy, and secondly, while we watch Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth and many more, Norman and LIV are likely to begin their campaign on the backs of players mostly outside the top echelon.