The PGA Tour’s top 10 may have pledged allegiance to their backers, but the rebel Saudi Tour that threatens to change the course of golf forever is targeting the next generation of golfing superstars.

World No. 1 and this year’s Masters champion Scottie Scheffler is a good example.

Just two years ago, the 25-year-old was the PGA Rookie of the Year.

Today, he is one of the faces of the circuit.

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LIV Golf, the entity overseeing the Saudi bid to revolutionize the men’s game, will target the next Scheffler.

As DP World Tour pro Matt Southgate told Sky Sports last week: “Five years ago we didn’t know Bob MacIntyre, we didn’t know Scottie Scheffler, we didn’t know Viktor Hovland or any of the Hojgaard brothers.

“When you start going through the list of players who weren’t on the Tour five years ago, it’s quite significant.

The league hopes to find the next Scottie Scheffler.Source: AFP

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“If they (LIV) have a stumbling block today because they can’t get today’s players, there’s nothing stopping them from producing tomorrow’s players. That’s where it’s at. is hard. If I was (EC) of the European tour) Keith Pelley, I would be looking at how to prevent them from taking these players who will potentially be in and around the Saudi tour in five years.

The question is, why would the next generation turn to LIV Golf when the green jacket and history of winning majors drives youngsters to choose a club in the first place?

Money.

Contrary to the status quo, amateurs are promised money. And a lot.

Where Shane Lowry once had to forfeit the £500,000 ($880,000 AUD) winner’s check for winning the Irish Open as an amateur in 2009, those just starting their careers could indeed pocket the prize.

Fans are guaranteed £96,000 ($189,000 AUD) in prize money from the first seven events and the chance to compete for the top prize of $5.6m AUD at each of the tournaments as well as the monster $126m to win as part of the team. price.

The UK’s Daily Telegraph reports that the top six amateurs, including Ryder Cup player Matthew’s younger brother Alex Fitzpatrick, have received one-year invitations.

It’s a mouthwatering dollar to turn down.

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LIV Golf has confirmed to The Telegraph that they have made contact with potential members.

“We have invited several amateurs as part of our mission to develop the next generation of golf talent,” a spokesperson for LIV told The Telegraph.

“They can stay amateurs or go pro.”

The comments come a month after Australian Greg Norman, the managing director of LIV, said he wanted to involve “next generation players” in the inaugural series which kicks off at Centurion Golf Club next month.

“At the Shark Shootout [his team event on the PGA Tour], for 33 years I tried to always invite a rookie, a younger player – Rickie Fowler, Matthew Wolff,” Norman told Sports Illustrated. “It was to reach out to a child to give them a chance to start experiencing something new. And we fully intend to do that with that as well. Give them a path.”

In addition to targeting the next generation, Masters champions Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia are said to be interested in joining the rebel tour.

Six-time Major winner Phil Mickelson turned heads when his management also confirmed last week that he had applied to play the tournament.