Big-hitting DeChambeau becomes latest to join Saudi-backed LIV Golf

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Former US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau has become the latest big name American to join the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational series, organizers confirmed on Friday.

The big-hitting American, one of the biggest draws on the PGA Tour, joins the likes of six-time major winner Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson to get on board with LIV Golf.

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“Bryson DeChambeau is an exciting addition to LIV Golf’s supercharged style of play,” LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman said.

“He is passionate about the sport, innovative in his approach and committed to pushing the boundaries in pursuit of excellence.

“He’s not afraid to think outside the box and supports our mission of doing things differently to grow our game.”

The launch of the eight-event LIV Golf series, backed to the tune of $250 million by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF).

On Thursday, the first event got under way at The Centurion Club north of London.

DeChambeau, who won the 2020 US Open, will make his debut in the LIV Invitational at the next event in Portland, Oregon at the end of June. “The power and energy he brings to the course will deliver added electricity to our competition in Portland and beyond,” Norman said.

The London event, played over 54 holes, with no cuts and shotgun starts, is the richest ever golf tournament with $4 million going to the individual winner and $5 million being shared between the top three teams.

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