Kevin Na appears ready and willing to go on a LIV Golf Tour recruitment drive

Kevin Na has revealed before LIV Golf Bangkok he's had plenty of interest from PGA Tour pros who seem keen on the idea of joining the controversial series. 

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Wed, 5 Oct 2022
Kevin Na appears ready and willing to go on a LIV Golf Tour recruitment drive

Kevin Na appears to be happy to go on a recruitment drive for LIV Golf after revealing he's had "off the record" talks with a high-profile player he is fairly certain will make the leap from the PGA Tour

Speaking ahead of LIV Golf Bangkok, Na claimed he's had "plenty of guys" sending him text messages expressing interest in joining Greg Norman's controversial enterprise, which will switch to a league format next year, with more than $405m in prize money. 

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The five-time PGA Tour winner, who famously always walks-in his putts, suggested this player has already received his offer and is excited about his future. 

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Na is the captain of the Iron Heads GC side, comprising of Sadom Kaewkanjana, Phachara Khongwatmai and Sihwan Kim. 

The polarising figure also claimed that it will "only be a matter of time" before LIV Golf receive world ranking points. 

Na told the media: "Once we find out who is on my team next year, we're going to go ... if some of them don't make it we're going to go and find some of the best players and chase them down and take them out to dinner put our arms around them and say, 'Hey man, we need to chat.'" 

He added: "But there's already been plenty of guys that have texted me off the record, and asking about it [LIV] and showing interest.

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"So, I'm already in talks with one player that is wanting to come over next year and he's probably going to come ... [I am] 9/10 [certain] that he is going to come over. He's getting an offer and he's excited. He's already exited. We're talking about it.

"Look, LIV is only going to grow."

Na, 39, who resigned his PGA Tour membership in June, also addressed the hot topic of world ranking points. 

As many as 50 LIV Golf Tour players have written a joint-letter to the chief executive of the Official World Golf Ranking, Peter Dawson, imploring the governing body to grant their Tour accreditation. 

Rory McIlroy appeared receptive to the idea of LIV achieving accreditation, providing they stop "playing buy their own rules". 

The Northern Irishman said he was prepared to play nicely in the sandbox. 

However, not everyone is keen on this idea. Justin Thomas was not happy at all. 

Other than players getting chances to play in LIV events through the Asian Tour's International Series, it is a closed shop. 

There are also other issues facing LIV, in that they only play 54 hole events, have no cuts and have guaranteed prize purse pay outs for every competitor. 

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Na, speaking alongside Anirban Lahiri - who has just been dropped by two of his sponsors - said: "I want to play the majors. I strongly feel that we'll get ranking points.

"I'm not too worried about it, I feel like it's just a matter of time. I don't think it's an accurate world ranking without every tour and every player being ranked." 

LIV Golf Bangkok will take place over October 7-9 at Stonehill in the Phathum Thani province of Thailand. 

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