Bubba Watson’s move to the breakaway LIV Tour was announced ahead of the series’ third event at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster, which kicks off Friday with recent defector Henrik Stenson on the course.
Last update: 07/29/22 8:24 p.m.
Bubba Watson has become the latest top player to advance to the LIV Golf Invitational Series.
The two-time Masters champion’s move to the Saudi-backed series has been confirmed ahead of the start of the third round of the LIV series at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey.
Watson has long been linked with joining the breakaway tour and the 44-year-old’s move follows the recent defection of Henrik Stenson. Stenson makes his LIV debut as Bedminster.
“Bubba Watson is a terrific addition to LIV Golf – another great champion who joins our teams’ growing list of stars. His game combines the power, innovation and excitement that the LIV Golf brand represents,” said LIV Golf CEO and Commissioner Greg Norman. .
“He’s a risk taker who has cemented his name among the best in the world and we can’t wait for him to join the team to bring new energy and a new audience to this league.”
Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood say they are unsure of their Ryder Cup player status but have not received any correspondence, quite the contrary.
Watson will serve as off-course captain at this week’s event as he continues his recovery from a meniscus tear suffered last May.
The former world No. 2 has represented the United States at four Ryder Cups and has won 14 times since turning professional.
His decision to cross leaves LIV with 12 major champions combined for 23 majors in total, including seven of the last 13 Masters.
Among the debutants in this week’s LIV event are Jason Kokrak, Charles Howell III, Paul Casey and Henrik Stenson, the latter having been relieved of his role as 2023 European Ryder Cup captain in light of the Swede’s arrival in the breakaway tour.
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