- Another Aussie golf star is tipped to join the LIV tour
- Likes of Min Woo Lee or Cameron Davis could defect
- Spaniard Jon Rahm was paid $500million to jump ship
- Golf’s ongoing civil war is showing no signs of ending
Australian golf identity Andrew Kirby has revealed a home grown star is poised to join the LIV circuit.
Taking to X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, the former Royal Melbourne Golf Club Captain tweeted on Friday: ‘I’m hearing from a highly placed source [no I won’t disclose them] that an Aussie is in final stage negotiations with LIV.’
It set tongues wagging online, with many golf fans desperate to know who is defecting to play in the Saudi-funded golf tour.
Some of the names suggested online included young gun Min Woo Lee, Sydney raised Cameron Davis and Bendigo born Lucas Herbert.
If Herbert was to join the likes of Cameron Smith, Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia competing in the Saudi-funded golf league, it would raise eyebrows given his comments in July last year.
Aussie golf great Greg Norman is the CEO of LIV Golf – and he would love to see some more home grown talent in the Saudi-funded league
Queenslander Cameron Smith signed a reported $100million deal to join the LIV circuit in August of 2022
2023 Masters champion Jon Rahm (pictured left) has officially jumped ship from the PGA Tour to LIV Golf – and was paid a reported $500million to do so
Herbert declared in an interview: ‘from the outside it [LIV] looks like it’s got a lot of work to do….it doesn’t look like a smooth, well-oiled tour like the PGA Tour.’
Aussie veterans Adam Scott and Jason Day have long been vocal in their support of the PGA Tour, so they can be discounted.
Earlier this week, Spanish star Jon Rahm jumped ship from the PGA circuit after being offered a reported $500million.
The Masters champion admitted ‘the money is very, very nice’ and that he plays the sport to ‘provide for his family.’
Rahm also suggested donning the coveted Green Jacket in April – which earned him a lifetime invitation to Augusta – proved to be crucial.
The 29-year-old’s defection has piled further pressure on PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan, who came under fire after the PGA Tour, DP World Tour and LIV Golf announced a shock merger back in June.
Rahm refused to be drawn too deep into golf’s politics – but he did confirm some players have lost faith in Monahan.
‘There’s people that have lost trust and if he stays the commissioner it’s gonna take a long time for a lot of these players to trust him,’ the Spaniard added.
‘I do believe there are some who still trust he’s the great option and I know there are some that don’t believe that. ‘So I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future.’