Bryson DeChambeau thanks Tiger Woods for ‘creating’ the LIV Golf

Bryson DeChambeau thanked Tiger Woods and claimed the 16-time main winner is responsible for the “creation” of the LIV Golf.

Woods has remained fiercely loyal to the PGA Tour despite the influx of his best players into the Saudi-backed league.

Even Greg Norman, CEO of LIV Golf, admitted that Woods turned down an $800 million offer to sign up for the breakaway tour.

DeChambeau, who is believed to have been paid more than $100 million to make the change, believes Woods is to blame for the sport’s recent split.

“I have no buyer’s regrets,” said the 29-year-old. “I have absolute respect for the PGA Tour and what they have done in my career, as I have said from day one, they have given me this opportunity.

“I have to look back and thank Tiger for this opportunity because he is the one who finally created this.”

DeChambeau also hit the Ryder Cup and the Chiefs Cup, claiming that they only “hurt themselves” by banning players who scored in LIV Golf.

“Personally, I think the team events are just hurting themselves by not letting us play, not letting us qualify through some abilities, in some aspects,” the former US Open champion told reporters ahead of this week’s LIV event in Chicago.

“I would say, on the team side, it’s sad that those governing bodies didn’t let us qualify. That’s all I can say for that. I want to play in a lot of events on the PGA Tour. It’s going to be great.”

“That’s what LIV Golf tried to do – they let us play on the PGA Tour. It’s the PGA Tour that prevents us from doing that.”

The lucrative LIV series, which has 12 main winners among its players, is offering $25 million in no-cut 54-hole tournaments.

But critics say LIV Golf, which is funded by the Saudi Public Investment Fund, amounts to “sports laundering” by a country trying to improve its reputation in the face of criticism over its human rights record.

DeChambeau is one of the complainants in the antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour and although he has not commented on the lawsuit, he said he has “no buyer’s remorse” for switching to LIV Golf.

He said, “This is the biggest decision besides choosing my agent I’ve made in my entire life and I couldn’t be happier to be here.”

“What LIV Golf has brought is something new, unique, and different… There will be some turmoil and people will not like it. And I respect everyone who does not think they are good for golf.”

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