Bryson DeChambeau says he “personally knows” that the PGA Tour will back down on its decision to ban players who have defected to the LIV Golf Series.
The 28-year-old is one of a number of PGA Tour pros currently serving an indefinite ban for playing on the controversial new Saudi-funded circuit.
Appearing on Fox News in the USA last night, the former US Open champion said that he believes a resolution to the impasse that has divided men’s professional golf will be found “pretty shortly”
“[The ban] doesn't make sense,” he said. “I'm not worried about. I think it will get figured out.
“I personally know that it will get figured out, whether it's legally or whether they come to the table and work out terms. I definitely think it will wash itself out in the future, pretty shortly.”
DeChambeau then used an unusual analogy to illustrate his point.
“You have a pizza shop that’s been in existence for 50 years and all the customers go to it and it’s a great product,” he said. “All of a sudden, a new pizza shop opens up and they start paying the customers to come eat at their place, and that pizza is potentially a little bit better of a pizza.
“And then, all of a sudden, that original pizza house goes, ‘If you go over there, we’re banning you from ever coming back to our pizza shop.’ What’s wrong with that economic model?”
In a wide-ranging discussion with host Tucker Carlson, DeChambeau added that he intends to use some of the money he has pocketed for signing with LIV – reported to be north of $100million – to create a multi-sport and education centre in his hometown of Dallas.
“With the resources I now have, it doesn't mean I'm able to sit on my butt and do nothing,” he said. “At a certain point in time, you realise there's more to life than golf and that's what LIV Golf allows me to do.”