Another week, another rumor surfaced about LIV Golf and it once again involves one of the world’s best golfers potentially leaving the PGA Tour.
LIV Golf has already won top-tier champions Cameron Smith, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed, Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia in its inaugural season.
And the latest big rumor following the BMW PGA Championship finale on the DP World Tour tonight, is that another shocking name may soon join them in the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series.
It appears the player in question hasn’t coped well with the massive new changes the PGA Tour has made ahead of the new season, which begins this week.
My info has always been spot on for players heading to LIV!
The top 10 players to go have been informed. He’s Annoyed With PGA’s New Proposal And The “Rory Tour”
I’ll let you guess for a few days
– Golf Lover UK (GolfoverUK) September 11, 2022
“My information has always been spot on for players heading to LIV!” He reads a tweet from Tweet embed.
“The top 10 players who are going have been informed. He is upset with the new PGA [Tour] Suggestion and Rory Tour.
“I’ll let you guess for a few days.”
This tweet has since been approved by our friends at Handicap 54, who have been involved in every player transfer at LIV Golf so far.
I have similar information. attention! https://t.co/gCE4Ynyz60
– Disability 54 (@Disability_54) September 11, 2022
“I have similar information. Watch out!” He reads a tweet from Tweet embed.
While no more information is available on who exactly this “Top 10 Player” could be, we can at least narrow down the process for you.
Let’s take a look at the top 10 currently in the official world golf rankings (OWGR):
1. Scotty Scheffler
2. Rory McIlroy
3. Cameron Smith
4. Patrick Cantlay
5. Xander Shaveli
6. Jon Rahm
7. Justin Thomas
8. Will Zlatoris
9. Colin Morikawa
10. Victor Hovland
So who could be the “Top 10 Players” then?!
Smith has already gone to LIV Golf, McIlroy, Scheffler and Thomas three Certificates to stay on the PGA Tour, so we can rule them out.
We’re pretty confident that Zalatoris will remain loyal to the PGA Tour, just as Morikawa who dismissed the rumors back in June.
This is six out of the race. Can?
This leaves us with four potential targets that could jump into LIV Golf: Schauffele, Cantlay, Hovland and Rahm.
Despite being linked with a move to LIV Golf at the start of the summer, Cantlay recently told the media how he looks forward to competing alongside Chaveli in the Presidents Cup later this month.
Schauffele also recently confirmed that he turned down an “odious” offer from LIV Golf.
We’re fairly confident that Cantley’s and Chevelle’s best buds will stay on the PGA Tour, at least for now.
And that really leaves us with the players at Norway’s Hovland and Spain’s Ram.
The Hovland name has been closely associated with a move to LIV Golf all summer, so we’ll have to see what he plays there. He had to sit in front of the top ten to move to LIV Golf you guess.
Then there is Ram, who finished second with McIlroy behind Shane Lowry in the BMW PGA on Sunday.
It would be a huge shock of course if Ram, the former No. 1 world champion and US Open champion, switches his allegiance to LIV Golf any time soon, especially after he bombarded the contending LIV Golf players at Wentworth this week.
But the comments in the tweet from @GolfLoverUK at the top of this article probably point the finger at the Spaniard than anyone in the current top ten.
That’s because of these special comments from two weeks into the Tour Championship.
You can watch Ram’s interview here:
Ram’s reaction to at least 20 events of the PGA Tour is expressive.
Reporter: “Do you know something we don’t know?”
Ram: “Pvt, me, no, you’re asking the wrong guy, if you want to know about those things, you know who the two guys are you have to ask.” pic.twitter.com/72luV1C8PB
– Flushing It (flushingitgolf) August 27 2022
Ram recently said that “$400 million wouldn’t change my life” by playing the LIV Tour of golf.
Either way, any current top 10 players moving to LIV Golf would be another major coup for Greg Norman, so let’s wait and see.
Hideki Matsuyama remains one of Norman’s biggest targets ahead of the new LIV Golf League in 2023, but he is currently ranked 16th in the OWGR.
It is understood that Matsuyama has offered the region $400 million to jump ship.
We’ll no doubt learn more about the latest rumors over the coming days ahead of LIV Golf Chicago, which begins Friday, September 16th.