Dechambeau to stick with LIV Golf lawsuit

Eight of the 11 LIV Golf members who originally sued the PGA Tour have since dropped the lawsuit, but Bryson DeChambeau is one of three left.

DeChambeau told ESPN he would keep his name in the lawsuit after the PGA refused to pay him $ 1.75 million (A $ 2.7 million) in bonuses, but said it was “not about the money. it’s a matter of principle “. .

DeChambeau said the PGA Tour owed him $ 3.5 million (A $ 5.4 million) through his Player Impact program last year.

He received the first half of the bonus in February and would have had to meet two conditions to receive the other half, one of which was an appearance at a charity event.

But DeChambeau was suspended from touring when he debuted at Portland’s LIV Golf without a waiver from the PGA.

He claimed that he had been told that because he was no longer in good standing with the Tour, he could not meet the charity requirement to receive the PIP money.

“They said that because you’re not in good standing, we’re not letting you do anything to help junior golfers and junior golfers,” DeChambeau said.

“For me it’s childish. It just shows where I am emotionally. I respect that and understand it, but when you finished something and gave them entertainment last year, that’s why. for which I am in dispute “.

Peter Uihlein and Australian Matt Jones are the other two players remaining in the lawsuit with DeChambeau, although LIV Golf itself has joined as plaintiff.

Bubba Watson also told ESPN that he did not receive the full bonus he was promised for finishing in the top 10 in the Player Impact program, which sought to reward the most famous golfers on the Tour.

DeChambeau is an eight-time winner of the PGA Tour, counting his only major win at the 2020 US Open. He was ranked No. 4 in the world in 2021.

Although LIV players cannot earn points on the official world golf rankings, it has dropped to number 52.

The Saudi Arabian-funded LIV Golf Invitational series will conclude its first season this week with a team championship event at Miami’s Trump National Doral.

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