CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Premier Golf League is again on golf’s radar nevertheless 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 offers to some of the world’s greatest gamers with the promise of “astronomical” prize cash, according to a report in 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 much like Formula 1 racing with four-man groups and a restricted worldwide schedule.
According to the Telegraph Sport report, the circuit hopes to begin play in September 2022 though it stays to be seen what number of gamers might be drawn from the PGA Tour. Last 12 months ,Rory McIlroy was probably the most outspoken star in opposition to the PGL telling reporters he “wanted to be on the right side of history.” On Tuesday on the Wells Fargo Championship Webb Simpson provided an analogous critique.
“From the beginning it seemed like something that seems pretty farfetched to actually happen,” Simpson stated. “I love the PGA Tour. It’s given me an incredible opportunity these last 12 years of my life. It’s hard for me to believe that it’s really going to happen and the guys will really jump ship and go to a completely different way of golf than we’ve always had.”
Simpson went on to elucidate that he doesn’t know if his supervisor has been approached by the PGL however added, “[my manager] knows where I stand on it.”
A report late final month in Golfweek revealed the Tour had began a “player impact program” that may incentivize its stars to be extra energetic on social media and interesting 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 Hollow Club, the place the PGL is certain to be a main subject. Monahan has already knowledgeable gamers that they might 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 seemingly these from the Continent would face an analogous resolution.