We didn't expect to be writing these words before the 2023 US Open, but Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas are looking to become investors in Leeds United after the club were taken over by the 49ers Enterprises.
Last week it was confirmed the American investment group had agreed a deal worth £170m to buy out chairman Andrea Radrizzani's controlling stake.
Fowler made the revelation to Sky Sports Jamie Weir at Los Angeles Country Club before the third major of the year.
Fowler told the publication:
BREAKING: Rickie Fowler has exclusively revealed to Sky Sports News that he is looking to become an investor in Leeds United amid the 49ers takeover pic.twitter.com/sIvrQeAK5o— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) June 14, 2023
Radrizzani was a contentious figure as the chairman of the now-Championship football club.
He purchased the club outright for £45m in 2017. The NFL's San Francisco 49ers purchased a 15 per cent stake in 2018 and increased that to 44 per in 2021.
On 1 June, the Athletic reported Radrizzani offered to use the club's Elland Road stadium as security for a £26million bank loan which his Aser company and bidding partner Gestio Capital intended to use to complete a takeover of the Italian club Sampdoria.
Radrizzani responded to that report by writing in an email: "What Aser Ventures does with its assets which includes several companies including Leeds United, Greenfield and Elland Road.. it's none of your business.”
Fowler is playing the first two rounds of the 2023 US Open alongside Justin Rose and Jason Day. Spieth is paired with Patrick Cantlay and Tony Finau whilst Thomas is out with Shane Lowry and Tommy Fleetwood.
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