Tyrell Hatton to LIV
Another top ranked player in the world has made the switch in golf. Tyrell Hatton to LIV Golf is being reported by The Telegraph. Hatton, #16 in the world, marks the second European Ryder Cupper to dash for LIV in as many months. And the moves are connected. Tyrell Hatton will be on Jon Rahm’s team once officially announced. And I expect that to be announced very shortly. The LIV season tees off this week from Mexico. LIV will want two of their biggest offseason acquisitions to be in the field for the inaugural event of the season. The move for Hatton had been widely reported. But the flames were quickly doused when he committed to playing in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and the WM Phoenix Open. Apparently this was just a ploy by Hatton to throw reporters off his scent.
The Tyrell Hatton to LIV move makes the already strong LIV lineup even stronger.
The field is just 48 players deep, and features 13 Major winners. Not included in the list of Major winners is Abraham Ancer, Taylor Gooch, Marc Leishman, Joaquin Niemann, Mito Pereira, Thomas Pieters, and now Tyrell Hatton. LIV has doubled down on their legitimacy this offseason. And once again have shown that they are a legitimate product that golf fans should at least be interested in.
Part of the reason for players continuing to jump from the PGA Tour to LIV is the ongoing discussions about a merger. One of the first players to jump, Bryson DeChambeau, said recently he expects a deal to be reached soon. PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan is in discussions with LIV and the DP World Tour about a merger. That would almost certainly allow LIV golfers to play in PGA Tour events. A deal between the PGA Tour, LIV Golf, and DP World Tour would bring an end to all the players jumping ship. It would also make the European Ryder Cup team’s chances a lot higher when they face the Americans in 2025.