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Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm follow Rory McIlroy, say they’re out on the Premier Golf League

If Rory McIlroy killed the Premier Golf League with his feedback at the WGC-Mexico Championship a couple of weeks back, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm set it in the ground on Sunday.

“I am out of the PGL. I’m going with the PGA Tour,” Koepka told The Linked Press. “I have a tricky time believing golf should be about just 48 gamers.”

“I assume what I’m going to do is aim on just the PGA Tour,” Rahm extra to Golfweek. “At the conclusion of the day I’m a competitor. I’m a PGA Tour member and I’m going to stay that way.”

And now you have the No. 1, No. 2 and No. three golfers in the world that have decried a Premier Golf League which is even now vying to get off the ground. Taking down a billion-dollar procedure like the PGA Tour is no small task, and the PGL was trying to do it with even bigger purses, lesser fields and a shorter season with crew elements. Executing so without the need of the help of the 3 finest gamers in the world? That is going to be difficult.

What the PGL necessary early on as it tried out to upend the major businesses in professional golf was the curiosity and help of the finest gamers in the world. It in the beginning bought curiosity from quite a few of the major gamers in the world — who wouldn’t be intrigued in the type of dollars the PGL was promising? — but it has not gotten any commitments, and with these 3 talking out against it, which is not possible going to happen.

“The extra I’ve assumed about it, the extra I really don’t like it,” said McIlroy in Mexico. “The just one factor as a professional golfer in my situation that I value is the fact that I have autonomy and liberty about every thing that I do. … I’ve never been just one for remaining told what to do, and I like to have that autonomy and liberty about my job, and I sense like I would give that up by going to participate in this other league.

“For me, I’m out. My situation is I’m against it until there may perhaps come a day that I cannot be against it. If all people else goes, I may not have a preference, but at this position … I really don’t like what they’re proposing.”

McIlroy was referencing the fact that the PGL was proposing a timetable in which members would have to participate in in every event. Rahm and Koepka have different good reasons but the exact same conclusion result. They will not be actively playing a different professional league.

On a hard week for the PGA Tour in which it experienced to cancel its largest event on the early section of the calendar — the Players Championship — this is definitely superior news. Couple that with the fact that the Tour just signed new content material bargains with CBS Sports activities, NBC Sports activities and ESPN+ and the PGL just bought what ever leg it stood on swiped out from beneath it.