Golf fans fear Fleetwood may join controversial Saudi backed tournament

28th June 2022

A controversial Saudi funded golf tournament that has rocked the sport may soon be joined by Southport golfer Tommy Fleetwood.

That’s the claim being made by a number of trade press outlets after the Times reported that Fleetwood’s manager and wife Clare Craig was at the inaugural $25m LIV Golf event at Centurion Club just outside of London a few weeks ago.

There has been no official comment made by Tommy Fleetwood’s camp on the rumours and Fleetwood remains a member of the PGA Tour at the time of writing.

If Fleetwood were to join, he would be playing alongside Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed and Kevin Na.

Many golfers have already controversially left the PGA Tour in favour of the LIV tournament, a move critics have said is down to huge cash prizes and attractive financial incentives.

Southport Municipal trained Fleetwood, 31, has won five times on the European Tour. He has not yet won a PGA Tour event or a major.

His last victory came at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in 2019.