Two-time Masters winner Bubba Watson to join LIV Golf: reports

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Two-time Masters champion and 12-time PGA Tour winner Bubba Watson is the latest pro rumored to join the rival of the Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf League, according to reports.

Watson, 43, is expected to become the newest member of LIV Golf during this week’s tournament at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Telegraph reported on Wednesday.

Bubba Watson of the USA makes her third tee shot during the final round of the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club on May 22, 2022 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Bubba Watson of the USA makes her third tee shot during the final round of the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club on May 22, 2022 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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His first performance will be in Boston at The Oaks golf course at The International in early September. 2. According to the report, he was given a $50 million signing bonus.

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Back in May, Watson announced that he would be suspended from golf for four to six weeks due to a torn meniscus following an injury. PGA Championship where he finished T30, a slight improvement over the Masters where he finished T39.

Bubba Watson of the USA reacts to being hit with a wave of the ball on the first green during the final round of the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club on May 22, 2022 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Bubba Watson of the USA reacts to being hit with a wave of the ball on the first green during the final round of the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club on May 22, 2022 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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Watson joins fellow golfing greats Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau amid a fierce backlash over LIV Golf’s close ties to the league’s financial backing of the Saudi Public Investment Fund.

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On Wednesday, LIV Golf announces 2023 schedulewhich includes 14 tournaments and a total purse of $405 million.

Greg Norman, CEO and Commissioner of LIV Golf, speaks with former US President Trump about the first ball game ahead of the LIV Golf Invitational - Bedminster at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster on July 28, 2022 in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Greg Norman, CEO and Commissioner of LIV Golf, speaks with former US President Trump about the first ball game ahead of the LIV Golf Invitational – Bedminster at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster on July 28, 2022 in Bedminster, New Jersey.
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The press release states that LIV Golf League players are expected to play in “numerous” International Series tournaments, which means more than 14 tournaments on the LIV Golf 2023 schedule.