Olympic champion Xander Schauffele has become the latest top player to commit to the US-based PGA Tour, saying the Saudi-funded separatist league is not close to a ‘finished product’ . Four-time major champion Brooks Koepka, former world number one Dustin Johnson and several other top players turned down the Super Golf League (SGL) draft.

Former world number one Greg Norman leads SGL as managing director of LIV Golf Investments, which is backed by the Saudi Investment Fund. Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, world number one Jon Rahm and number 2 Collin Morikawa are among other top golfers who have expressed their allegiance to the PGA Tour.

“At no time have I taken any action or made any statement to suggest that I would consider the SGL as an alternative to the PGA Tour,” Schauffele tweeted Wednesday. “My team had been tasked with doing due diligence on this matter, so we met and discussed with representatives of SGL/LIV, to come to the conclusion that SGL is not close to a finished product or a business model.

“My allegiance to the PGA Tour, my belief in the positive changes about to be implemented on the PGA Tour, particularly with respect to shared intellectual property rights, purse size and overall transparency, n ‘have never wavered.” Players who sign up for the breakaway competition risk being banned from the PGA Tour and the Europe-based DP World Tour, as well as the Ryder Cup.

No golfers have publicly signed up for the proposed rival league, which is trying to lure top PGA Tour players with the promise of huge payouts.

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