Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed will be announced imminently as the latest big-name players to sign up with the Saudi rebel circuit.
In news that will further stun the world of golf, the two controversial Americans have already agreed multi-million dollar deals to join the £ 200 million LIV Golf Series, Telegraph Sport understands.
The breakaway circuit, which begins here at the Centurion Club on Thursday, will unveil the captures before the end of this 54-hole tournament and it is also understood that Rickie Fowler is also close to being confirmed.
With Dustin Johnson playing in this opening tournament together with Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter, the LIV roster is taking on an ominous look for the PGA Tour and DP World Tour, formerly the European Tour. Dechambeau’s participation will certainly grab headlines.
The 2020 US Open champion has emerged as one of the biggest draws in the game, while Reed, the 2018 Masters champion, is another who regularly commands headlines. DeChambeau has been linked with the Saudis since they signed their intent to form the breakaway circuit.
Nevertheless this will come as a shock week as last week, on his return from a wrist injury, DeChambeau, 28, spoke about the LIV and signified that, for now, he would be sticking with the PGA Tour.
“Everyone out here has their own opinion on it,” he said. “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.
“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. “