The war in world golf is leaving its first victims. In the midst of a conflict between LIV Golf, the new circuit created with Saudi capital and whose first tournament is held next week in London, and the American (PGA Tour) and European (DP World Tour) circuits, the 38-year-old American Kevin Na and number 33 in the world, has taken a step forward this Saturday. Na, enrolled in the Saudi Super League, has announced that he voluntarily leaves the American circuit before having to face the possible sanctions that the drain could cause you.
“For 19 years I have played on the PGA Tour and I have enjoyed every minute there. I am grateful for the opportunity to dedicate myself to the sport that I love. A recent initiative in professional golf has given me the opportunity to reconsider my options. I like to exercise my freedom to play wherever I want, exercising my right as a free agent. If I remain a PGA Tour player, I must relinquish the right to make my own decisions. If I exercise my right to play wherever I want, I cannot continue on the PGA Tour without risking disciplinary action and legal disputes. That is why I have decided to resign from being a member of the PGA Tour. It has not been an easy decision nor have I taken it lightly. Hopefully one day the PGA Tour regulations will change and I can play again,” Kevin Na said in a statement.
The PGA Tour has threatened “disciplinary measures” to golfers who compete in the new Saudi circuit, although it will not make any decision before the first of the eight tests planned in this league is played, next week in London (seven before of the start of the US Open). The American circuit has not authorized its players to participate in the tournament that starts on Thursday, and has the power to exclude golfers from its competitions. However, it does not have the power to prevent their participation in the greats, governed by other bodies: Augusta National Golf Club (the Masters), the PGA of America (PGA Championship), the USGA (US Open) and the Royal and Ancient (British Open). The war is being waged on that board.
Figures such as Dustin Johnson and Sergio García have confirmed their attendance at the LIV Golf tournament in London, waiting to find out what position the American circuit will take. Meanwhile, Kevin Na has already chosen. “From now on, please take a look at what is going to be done at LIV Golf. It is a new product that makes me very excited and I hope you can enjoy it to the fullest. I am delighted to start this new chapter in my life with the LIV Invitational in London next week at Centurion Golf Club. I hope they continue to support me”, expressed Na, with five wins on the American circuit and two top on the big ones.