EXCLUSIVE: Bryson DeChambeau is offered a staggering £100MILLION to be the poster boy of the new Saudi Golf League, despite stars facing up to a lifetime ban from the PGA and DP World Tours if they sign up
- Bryson DeChambeau has been offered £100m to join the new Saudi Golf League
- All players offered millions to join the league signed non-disclosure agreements
- The move indicates that the announcement for the tour’s launch date is close
- Any golfer who does join may face a lifetime ban from PGA and DP World Tours
Bryson DeChambeau has been offered a staggering £100million to be the face of the Saudi golf revolution, Sportsmail can reveal.
The news comes on the day that all players offered tens of millions to join the proposed Saudi Golf League (SGL) were made to sign non-disclosure agreements, indicating perhaps that an announcement is close as to when the global tour is to be launched.
Any golfer who does join could face a lifetime ban from the PGA and DP World Tours.
Bryson DeChambeau has been offered £100million to be the face of the Saudi golf revolution
Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter are among the veterans who have signed NDAs but the Saudis desperately need a charismatic young star who moves the needle with golf fans. Hence the mammoth offer to DeChambeau.
The 28-year-old is the star attraction at the Saudi International, starting on Thursday, where 21 of the world’s top 50 have been lured to Jeddah by massive appearance fees, and where meetings have been taking place in a bid to entice many of them to also sign up for the SGL.
Two-time major winner Dustin Johnson has also said he is ‘not allowed to disclose’ whether or not he has received a multi-million pound offer to contest the Saudi-backed breakaway circuit.
The Saudis need a charismatic young star to sign up, with DeChambeau (above) fitting the bill
Speaking at the US PGA Championship last year, Westwood, 48, said it would be a ‘no-brainer’ for him to sign a lucrative contract at this stage of his career.
He was the heavy favourite to captain Europe at the Ryder Cup in 2023, but ruled himself out in November after declaring he wanted to focus on his playing career.
Asked about the SGL on Wednesday during a press conference ahead of the Saudi International, Westwood said: ‘I don’t know whether I want to answer questions on that. I’ve signed an NDA.’
Johnson also mentioned disclosure agreements when asked about reports that Ian Poulter had been offered up to £22million to join the SGL.
Lee Westwood is among the veterans who have signed NDAs regarding the new competition
‘Obviously whether they have or haven’t, I’m not allowed to disclose. You’d have to ask Ian on that one,’ Johnson said.
Sportsmail can also reveal that players in their prime are being targeted with sums that dwarf the £20m offered to others.
There’s an awful lot of meetings going on in Saudi that people don’t know about,’ a reliable source told Sportsmail. ‘They are talking to players that I never thought in a million years would be tempted.
Dustin Johnson also said he is ‘not allowed to disclose’ whether or not he has received an offer
‘The money being spoken about is difficult to get your head around. The veterans who have basically had their careers, many would consider it a no-brainer if they joined. But when the Saudis finally make an announcement, people are going to be surprised by one or two names on there.’
When asked if he had been approached, six-times major winner Phil Mickelson said: ‘Pretty much every player in the top 100 in the world has been contacted.’
The overall pot the Saudis are prepared to spend is thought to be £1.5billion.
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