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Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm decline interest in PGL

With Rory McIlroy also out, proposed world tour of top golfers would lack Nos. 1, 2 and 3 in world ranking

Out: Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm, two of the top three-ranked players in the world, joined No. 1 Rory McIlroy in declining any interest in the proposed Premier Golf League, two media outlets reported. McIlroy was the first prominent player to turn down the PGL, saying last month in Mexico City, site of the WGC Mexico Championship, “I’m out. ” Prominent players such as Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson would say only that they had been approached. Koepka, an American and four-time major champion who is No. 3 in the Official World Golf Ranking, told the Associated Press’ Doug Ferguson: “I am out of the PGL. I’m going with the PGA Tour. I have a hard time believing golf should be about just 48 players.” No. 2-ranked Jon Rahm of Spain told Golfweek’s Eamon Lynch: “What I’m going to do us focus on just the PGA Tour. At the end of the day, I’m a competitor. I’m a PGA Tour member, and I’m going to stay that way.” The PGL has proposed an 18-event schedule of four-man teams composed of the world’s top players competing in 54-hole, no-cut events with about $240 million in total prize money and potential earnings of $50 million for the top player. The lack of interest from the top three players in the world could signal the demise of the PGL, which reportedly would have been seeded with Saudi money. PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan had made it clear to players that they could not play both tours. In opposing the PGL, players have said that the freedom to choose when and where they play is not worth giving up.

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