Bryson DeChambeau responds to reports of lucrative $135m Saudi deal

Bryson DeChambeau declined to speak to the media after the first round of the Saudi International but he did address this story later on Instagram.

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Thu, 3 Feb 2022
Bryson DeChambeau responds to reports of lucrative $135m Saudi deal

Bryson DeChambeau had one word for reports linking him with an eye-watering $135million deal with the Saudis: "Wrong". 

DeChambeau carded a 4-under first round at the Saudi International and declined to speak to the media afterwards. 

But while he was playing there were reports from various outlets suggesting he had been offered the dizzying sum of money. 

That sum was reportedly in exchange for becoming the poster boy of a rival golf league set up by Greg Normal et al. 

Hypothetically, if he were to accept such a deal (if it indeed existed) then he could risk being booted off the PGA Tour. 

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Lee Westwood confirmed he had signed an NDA agreement and wouldn't discuss the concept this week. 

Phil Mickelson claimed every player in the world's top 100 has been contacted over the idea to set-up a new golf league. 

While Dustin Johnson laughed but appeared to confirm that he too has very much caught the gaze Norman and his cronies. 

Reportedly, Henrik Stenson and Ian Poulter are also mulling over offers to sign up with the Super Golf League. 

Such a deal could potentially see them forfeit playing or being captain in any more Ryder Cup sides. 

DeChambeau posted this to an Instagram post asking for readers' thoughts about the proposed deal: 

Well, it's a shame he didn't elaborate further. DeChambeau is currently ranked number nine in the world. 

His personality, draw and controversy (whether he likes it or not) would be a massive draw for such a proposal. 

Mickelson also told the media this week that how he acts going forward will be sure to land him some criticism. 

Sportsmail, who orginally broke the story about DeChambeau's offer, have claimed the Saudis have $1.5 billion to spend to attract players. 

Watch this space. 

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