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Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed look set to become the latest big-name stars to defect LIV Golf.

The Telegraph’s golf correspondent James Corrigan is reporting that the US duo’s participation could be confirmed as early as this weekend, with Rickie Fowler also heavily tipped to join. 

They will join an increasingly star-studded collection of players in the LIV Golf Series, with Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and, of course, Phil Mickelson amongst the high-profile players taking part in this week’s inaugural event at the Centurion Club near London. 

DeChambeau and Reed could feature in the second tournament, scheduled to take place at Pumpkin Ridge in Portland from June 30 to July 2. 

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It is being staged in the same week as the John Deere Classic on the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour’s Irish Open. 

Should DeChambeau and Reed – and, for that matter, Fowler – commit to LIV Golf, it would seismically shift the balance of power in men’s professional golf towards the Saudi-funded, Greg Norman-fronted LIV Series.

It would also cast serious doubt over the futures of other big names who have, so far, rejected LIV Golf’s advances, amongst them Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm and Jordan Spieth.

To this point, neither the PGA Tour nor the DP World Tour have confirmed what sanctions – if any – they will impose upon member players who play on the money-spinning start-up. 

• Johnson resigns PGA Tour membership has reached out to both organisations for comment but, at the time of publishing, has yet to receive a reply. 

The inaugural LIV Golf Series event gets under way tomorrow afternoon.

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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