Every big name on the PGA Tour is likely to get an offer to join LIV Golf. According to an LIV executive, all the top PGA Tour players will be approached by LIV Golf at some point, except one name, Rory McIlroy. The executive was quoted by golf journalist and biographer Alan Shipnuck in his upcoming book, which was published on a website Fire Pit Collective on Thursday, June 8.
According to Shipnuck's excerpt, all the top PGA Tour stars will be offered to join the league at some point. As the LIV executive was quoted in the book, "Now we can finally get Hideki [Matsuyama] and Jon Rahm. I would say every big name on the PGA Tour will get an offer. Except Rory. Nobody wants that little b**** on their team.” The excerpt comes just a few days after the PGA Tour announced their partnership with Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF). Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods learned about the merger only a few hours prior to the announcement.
Meanwhile, McIlroy denied getting any financial deal from LIV Golf. Addressing the media at the 2023 Canadian Open Press Conference, according to SB Nation, he said, "I was never offered any money. All I’ve tried to do is protect what the PGA TOUR is and what the PGA TOUR stands for." He also talked about the merger of PGA Tour and LIV Golf, and said, "Whether you like it or not, the PIF is going to keep spending money on golf. At least the PGA TOUR now controls how that money is spent. So if you’re thinking about one of the biggest sovereign wealth funds in the world, would you rather have them as a partner or an enemy? At the end of the day, money talks, and you would rather have them as a partner.”
Notably, the PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said that the players who have denied the million-dollar offers from LIV Golf will be rewarded for their loyalty.