One by one, the controversial LIV Golf Invitational Series has poached some of the best golfers in the world from the PGA Tour. PGA icons like Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and more have already joined up with the new LIV league, and the list seems to only be growing.
Patrick Reed was recently announced as the latest PGA member to switch over to LIV, and Bodog has posted odds on which golfers will jump next. Matt Kuchar and Webb Simpson currently lead the odds at +250.
Who Will Be The Next PGA Member To Leave For LIV Golf Series?
Odds as of June 14 at Bodog
According to our odds calculator, Kuchar and Simpson both have a 28.57 percent chance of being the next PGA member to join the LIV Golf series per odds.
Why PGA Golfers Are Joining LIV
The PGA Tour has long been the premier golfing league in the world, with the top prize pools and most competitive play. However, LIV has swooped in and changed at least half of that equation. With the series seemingly having unlimited money to throw around, PGA members are leaving for LIV largely due to dollars and cents.
Though LIV Golf is owned by “Public Wealth Fund” and chaired by CEO Greg Norman, the tour has been under fire due to being heavily connected with and funded by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Many point to the “sportswashing” of a country that has had several human rights complaints and has been at the center of controversy on the world scene generally.
Many of the former PGA golfers who are now members of the LIV series have acknowledged this controversy, but don’t shy away from the reason they’re there. Dustin Johnson reportedly received $125 million to join LIV and Mickelson said it best when explaining his reason for joining the new series, citing the “obvious incredible financial commitment.”
Who Will Join LIV Golf Series Next?
The group of LIV Golf series members continues to grow, with Patrick Reed, Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson all set to join the ever-growing list.
These aren’t just fringe golfers looking to cash in on their last few years of golf. A large chunk of the top-50 ranked pro golfers in the world are now moving over to LIV, so we can’t cross anyone off the list of who will go next.
Schauffele Good Bet To Join LIV
Our best bet on who will be the next top PGA member to join the LIV Golf Invitational Series is Xander Schauffele. His +650 odds imply a 13.33 percent chance he’ll be the next guy to move to LIV, but there’s reason to believe the chances are much higher.
A few months ago Schauffele admitted he and his team had done their “due diligence” with LIV Golf, meeting with the group to discuss joining the new tour. Not believing it was a finished product yet, Schauffele didn’t end up joining, but with more and more golfers now moving over to LIV, he could become the next to join.
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