New LIV Golf League signing Lucas Herbert admits one of the biggest reasons for him joining the Saudi-backed circuit was so he could play against "stronger fields" than ones he would typically face on the PGA Tour this season.
Herbert, 28, this week put pen to paper on a new deal with Cameron Smith's all-Australian Ripper GC.
The one-time PGA Tour winner explained money was of course a factor in his decision, but that ultimately competing against the likes of major champions such as Smith, Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeaau, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm was the deciding factor.
Herbert told Golf Australia ahead of his LIV Golf debut in Mexico this week:
As for the money he was offered to join LIV Golf, he admits:
Herbert's comments come at the same time the PGA Tour confirmed a huge $3 billion private investment with Strategic Sports Group (SSG).
Although Herbert is happy with his decision to join LIV Golf, he told Golf Australia he did not initially expect a phone call for his services in 2024.
It had been rumoured Smith wanted to sign major champions Adam Scott and Jason Day from the PGA Tour.
But with both players reportedly turning down hefty offers from LIV Golf this season, it left the door open for Herbert.
Herbert now joins Smith's Ripper GC, which also comprises Marc Leishman and Matt Jones.
Hatton heads to Rahm's Legion XIII, while Meronk joins Martin Kaymer's Cleeks GC.
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