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Patrick Reed and Bryson DeChambeau are reportedly set to join the LIV Golf tour

LIV Golf has refused to deny a report claiming Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed and Rickie Fowler will become the latest names to join the Saudi-backed series.

Both DeChambeau, Reed and Fowler are set to sign up imminently, according to the Telegraphahead of the series’ second tournament in Portland, USA, which starts later this month.

DeChambeau’s manager Brett Falkoff also dropped a major hint that the World No 28 will join the LIV Golf series. He said: “Bryson has always been an innovator. Having the opportunity to get in on the ground floor of something unique has always been intriguing to him. Pro golf as we know it is changing & it’s happening quickly.”

The LIV Golf Series’ inaugural event begins on Thursday at the Centurion Club, with Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Sergio Garcia among the 48-strong field.

Back in February, DeChambeau denied he was offered £100m to join the tour, and wrote on his official Twitter account: “While there has been a lot of speculation surrounding my support for another tour, I want to make it very clear that as long as the best players in the world are playing the PGA Tour, so will I.”

DeChambeau, 28, distanced himself from the tour as recently as Thursday, claiming he would not “risk” joining at this stage of his career.

“There’s obviously a lot of conversation,” the 2020 US Open winner said after his opening round at the Memorial Tournament.

“For me, I personally don’t think that at this point in time I’m in a place in my career where I can risk things like that.

Back in February, Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau snubbed the Saudi-back series and committed their futures to the PGA Tour

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Back in February, Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau snubbed the Saudi-back series and committed their futures to the PGA Tour

Back in February, Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau snubbed the Saudi-back series and committed their futures to the PGA Tour

“I’m loyal to my family that I’ve created around me with sponsors and everything. And as of right now, the golf world is probably going to change in some capacity. I don’t know what that is. Not my job to do so. I’m just going to keep playing professional golf and enjoy it wherever it takes me, play with the best players in the world. That’s really all I’ve got, that’s what I’ll do for the rest of my life, because I want to be one of the best players in the world.”

Speaking yesterday, five-time PGA Tour winner Fowler, who has been approached by the LIV Tour, says he’s ‘intrigued’ by the competition but hasn’t made a decision either way.

“Competition is a good thing, always has been. LIV is definitely interesting and intriguing. It’s worth looking at, but no I haven’t made any decisions. It’s going to be interesting to see how everything plays out.

Rickie Fowler says the LIV Tour is 'interesting and intriguing' but insists he has not made a decision yet on his future.

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Rickie Fowler says the LIV Tour is ‘interesting and intriguing’ but insists he has not made a decision yet on his future.

Rickie Fowler says the LIV Tour is ‘interesting and intriguing’ but insists he has not made a decision yet on his future.

Mickelson: LIV Golf can do a lot of good for the game

Mickelson says he feels “so good” about the balance playing in the LIV Golf Series provides and added he will not resign from the PGA Tour during a tense press conference on Wednesday.

Phil Mickelson says he had an 'awesome time' during his four months off from competing and feels good about being part of LIV Golf

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Phil Mickelson says he had an ‘awesome time’ during his four months off from competing and feels good about being part of LIV Golf

Phil Mickelson says he had an ‘awesome time’ during his four months off from competing and feels good about being part of LIV Golf

The 51-year-old is ending his self-imposed four-month exile from the sport to compete in this week’s inaugural LIV Golf Invitational Series tournament at Centurion Club.

Mickelson skipped his PGA Championship defense following a backlash over comments he made about the Saudi-backed breakaway tour, and was facing the media for the first since confirming his LIV Golf participation on Monday.

The six-time major winner repeatedly said “I don’t condone human rights violations” when asked about his reasons for competing on the tour, despite calling the Saudi regime “scary” back in February, and stressed LIV Golf can “do a lot of good for the game”.

Phil Mickelson has defended and explained his decision to join LIV Golf at a lengthy and sometimes uncomfortable news conference for the six-time major champion

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Phil Mickelson has defended and explained his decision to join LIV Golf at a lengthy and sometimes uncomfortable news conference for the six-time major champion

Phil Mickelson has defended and explained his decision to join LIV Golf at a lengthy and sometimes uncomfortable news conference for the six-time major champion

Addressing his break, Mickelson said: “I’ve had an awesome time, I’ve had a four-month break from the game. It’s given me time to continue some of the work and therapy that I’ve been working on, on some areas I’m deficient in, in my life.

“It’s given me time to reflect on what I want to do going forward, what’s best for me, what’s best for the people I care about. This allows me to be more present and engaged with people I care about.

“That is why, when I think about being apart of LIV Golf, I feel so good about it.”

Mickelson also said he will not speak publicly about PGA “issues”, and refused to deny if he had been banned by the Tour.

Dustin Johnson, Graeme McDowell and Louis Oosthuizen had to field difficult questions at the press conference for the opening LIV tour event

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Dustin Johnson, Graeme McDowell and Louis Oosthuizen had to field difficult questions at the press conference for the opening LIV tour event

Dustin Johnson, Graeme McDowell and Louis Oosthuizen had to field difficult questions at the press conference for the opening LIV tour event

As a lifetime member of the PGA Tour, Mickelson acknowledged he does not have to play any of their events, and does not see “any reason” to give up his membership following Dustin Johnson’s resignation on Tuesday.

He did, however, confirm he would take part in the US Open next week – “I’m looking forward to it,” he added.

On Tuesday, the USGA confirmed golfers competing in this week’s LIV series opener will be allowed to play in next week’s US Open, providing they had already qualified.

What is the format?

All 48 players compete against each other in a traditional stroke play format, with the lowest 54-hole total from the no-cut event being the winner, while a draft will help allocate players into the team format.

Each team will have a LIV appointed team captain who will select their three open team positions via a snake draft format, similar to those used on the Ladies European Tour in the Aramco Team Series.

For the first two rounds, the best two stroke play scores will count for each team. For the third and final round, the best three scores will count, with the lowest overall team score after 54 holes being named the team winner.

Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood refuse to answer questions on whether there is anywhere they wouldn't play at the LIV golf press conference

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Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood refuse to answer questions on whether there is anywhere they wouldn’t play at the LIV golf press conference

Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood refuse to answer questions on whether there is anywhere they wouldn’t play at the LIV golf press conference

The format changes in the Team Championship, which is a seeded four-day, four-round, match play knock-out tournament. The top four seeds automatically receive a bye through the first round, with the remaining eight teams playing against each other to see who reaches the quarter-finals.

Team names and captains

Captains in bold, with the 48-strong field divided into 12 teams for the first event at Centurion club:

4 ACEs – Dustin JohnsonShaun Norris, Oliver Bekker, Kevin Yuan

HY FLYERS – Phil MichaelsonJustin Harding, TK Chantananuwat (a), Chase Koepka

PUNCH- wade ormsbyMatt Jones, Ryosuke Kinoshita, Blake Windred

CLEEKS- Martin KaymerPablo Larrazabal, JC Ritchie, Ian Snyman

IRON HEADS- Kevin NaSadom Kaewkanjana, Hideto Tanihara, Viraj Madappa

SMASH- sihwan kimScott Vincent, Jinichiro Kozuma, Itthipat Buranatanyarat

CRUSHER – Peter UihleinRichard Bland, Phachara Khongwatmai, Travis Smyth

MAJESTICKS- Ian PoultryLee Westwood, Sam Horsfield, Laurie Canter

stinger- Louis OosthuizenHennie du Plessis, Charl Schwartzel, Branden Grace

FIREBALLS – Serge GarciaDavid Puig (a), James Piot (a), Jediah Morgan

NIBLICKS- Graeme McDowellBernd Wiesberger, Turk Pettit, Oliver Fisher

TORQUE- Talor GoochHudson Swafford, Adrian Otaegui, Andy Ogletree

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