The Premier Golf League was supposed to be the golf league of the future. 18 events featuring the best golfers in the world battling it out every week for money that no other golf league, including the PGA Tour, could even fathom to offer.
Sure, there were some logistical issues, including the morality of where the money was coming from (Saudi Arabia) as well as how it would affect things like the majors and the Official World Golf Rankings. For the most part though, it seemed like a dream come true for golf fans.
Well, at least for now, that dream seems to appear to be dead. Several weeks ago Rory Mcllroy, the number 1 golfer in the world, came out and said he would not be a part of the PGL. In addition to not feeling comfortable with where the money was coming from, he didn't like the idea of being told where and when he had to play golf.
“You’re going to be contracted to play 18 events. They’re going to tell you where and when you be there,” McIlroy said two weeks ago at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. “As a golfer and an independent contractor, I didn’t like the sound of that. I didn’t really like where the money was coming from either.”
While the top golfer in the world saying no thanks was a major blow, it wasn't the end of the PGL yet. Sure, not having a player of Rory's caliber wouldn't be ideal, there are many other big name golfers out there that could still draw eyeballs to the new league. That was until this past weekend.
Both Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm, the #2 and #3 ranked golfers in the world, both came out and shared the same feelings that Rory had: thanks, but no thanks.
"I’m going with the PGA Tour,” Koepka told Doug Ferguson of the Associated Press on Friday. “I have a hard time believing golf should be about just 48 players.”
Rahm shared a similar sentiment.
“I think what I’m going to do is focus on just the PGA Tour,” Rahm said. “At the end of the day I’m a competitor, I’m a PGA Tour member and I’m going to stay that way. I’m a young player. The PGA Tour has been doing things extremely well. Hopefully I have a long career ahead on the PGA Tour. The PGA Tour has done such a great job with what we have and I’m really thankful for what they’ve done.”