Fowler yet to make up mind over Saudi-backed LIV Golf ahead of PGA Championship

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American Rickie Fowler on Monday said he has not yet made up his mind about taking part in the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series, days before he renews his bid for a maiden PGA Championship title at Southern Hills Country Club.

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Top golfers have descended on Tulsa, Oklahoma, ahead of the competition amid controversy over the upstart LIV Golf, which is aiming to challenge the PGA Tour.

Last week, PGA Tour denied event releases for members who sought to play at LIV Golf’s inaugural event taking place outside British capital London on June 9-11, saying participation would conflict with the RBC Canadian Open.

Five-times PGA Tour winner Fowler said he was approached by the LIV Tour but has not “made a decision one way or another”.

“I’ve mentioned in the past, do I currently think that the PGA Tour is the best place to play? I do. Do I think it can be better? Yes,” said Fowler.

He said he wanted greater clarity regarding whether “you’re an independent contractor or are you basically an employee” on the PGA Tour and wanted to know the consequences for playing at the London event without a release.

“I’m sure there will be some sort of consequences but I really don’t know at this time. It’s almost kind of have to wait and see, and see what happens,” Fowler said.

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