LIV Golf has been in full swing for over a year, and the drama about which golfers entered the breakaway tournament has largely dissipated.
So when rumors started circulating last week that Brooks Koepka To be actively try to persuade US Open 2019 champion Gary Woodland leaves the PGA Tour for Greg Norman, we wonder: When was the last time a famous player signed with LIV Golf? And is the rebel alliance doing enough to keep recruiting players?
For starters, it should be pointed out that no major outlet supports the rumor that Koepka is bringing Woodland back to LIV Golf. The original tweet stated the rumor was from a fan account named LIV National Golf despite having a large social media following, is not directly affiliated with the Saudi Arabia-sponsored tournament or any major news source.
On that note, the last time a major outlet reported that players would be leaving the PGA Tour for LIV Golf was back in February when America today revealed that Thomas Pieters, Dean Burmester, Brendan Steele and Danny Lee. This happened just before LIV Golf started its second season in Mexico at the LIV Golf Mayakoba event.
Since then, the shuttle of players between rival leagues seems to no longer work. There is still a lot of news regarding golfers from DP World Tour is fined for playing in LIV events without permission and ultimately deciding leaving the European tour total.
And yes, there are still constant whispers that players like Rickie Fowler are considering switching to LIV. But for the PGA Tour, any and all player movements appear to have been captured while the season is underway.
Now, whether any players still want to leave the PGA Tour for LIV Golf remains to be seen. LIV Golf boasts huge deals for its members, but its ties to Saudi Arabia and its smaller fan base are still huge.
The rogue tour seems to be garnering some attention from live fans at events, but it’s unclear if fans will be watching at home. (LIV stopped reporting viewership for their events later number of the first two numbers too low.) And while golfers on the PGA Tour have talked about remaining friends with golfers who defected in the last year, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re ready to join the team.” golf but noisier” by Norman.
We’ll have to wait and see if that changes when both leagues wrap up their seasons this fall.