Bubba Watson is 'set to be latest defector to the LIV Golf Series

Former Masters Champion Bubba Watson is ‘set to be announced as the latest defector to the LIV Golf Series’, with the Saudi-backed breakaway planning to pay him $50million to leave the PGA Tour

  • Bubba Watson is set to be announced as The LIV Golf Series’ latest defector
  • The 43-year-old American is a two-time Masters winner and former world no.2 
  • He is now likely to be banned by the PGA from majors and the Ryder Cup
  • Watson is set to captain one of 12 franchises in next year’s LIV Golf League

Two-time major winner Bubba Watson is ‘set to become the latest high-profile defector to the Saudi-backed LIV series’.

The 43-year-old won the Masters in 2012 and 2014 but has dropped off somewhat in recent years. he has fallen to 86 in the World Rankings and missed the last two majors.

There have been a number of big-name additions to the breakaway tour, including Phil Mickelsen, Henrik Stenson and Segio Garcia.

Bubba Watson is set to be the latest defector to the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series

The 43-year-old is a two-time Masters winner and a former World No. 2

According to reports in the Telegraph, Watson is set to be paid £41 million for his defection.

He is due to be announced during this weekend’s 54-hole competition in New Jersey that has a prize pot big enough to see the loser taking home £100,000. 

They also report that he is set to take part in the LIV’s £20m tournament in Boston in September, and that he will captain one of 12 teams in the LIV Golf League next year. 

It will be Golf’s first-ever league, and will also introduce a franchise system team with teams led by captains who will compete and have the ability to build their franchises to attract fan following and sponsors. 

Greg Norman’s LIV Gold Series has had  some success in poaching the PGA tour’s stars

Players will compete both as teams and as individuals in a calendar that is set to include 14 series events culminating in a grand finale.

The International Series is also being launched, which will give amateurs a chance of promotion into the LIV Series and leave poorly performing pros vulnerable to relegation.

 For the players competing, it is likely to spell the end of their PGA careers.

 Despite insistence that LIV events will not interfere with the existing schedules, the PGA has banned defectors from majors and international tournaments such as the Ryder Cup.

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