The American player has resigned from the PGA Tour and is joining the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational series, which begins this week in London.
Five-time winner on the PGA Tour, Kevin Na announced on social media that he had chosen to resign in order to avoid facing possible disciplinary action and / or legal action for having participated in the rival circuit. PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan previously said member players who choose to participate in the new LIV Golf Invitational league face disciplinary action, which could include fines, suspensions and potential banishment from the PGA Tour. .
“For 19 years I played on the PGA Tour and loved every minute of it. I appreciate the platform the tour has given me to play the game I love and the opportunities that come with it.Na, 38, wrote on Twitter and Instagram. “Recent developments in the world of professional golf have given me the opportunity to reconsider my options. I would like to have the freedom to play wherever I want and exercising my right as a free agent gives me that opportunity. However, to remain a PGA Tour player, I must give up my right to make these career choices. If I exercise my right to choose where and when I play golf, I cannot remain a PGA Tour player without facing disciplinary proceedings and legal action from the PGA Tour.
And Na (38 years old) continues his explanations: “I am sad to share today that I have chosen to resign from the PGA Tour. It was not an easy decision and I don’t take it lightly. I hope the current policies will change and I will be able to play on the PGA Tour again.»
Ranked 33rd player in the world, Kevin Na has been entered on the course for next week’s inaugural LIV Golf Invitational Series event in England, not far from London. Other well-known names such as former world number one Dustin Johnson, Englishmen Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Richard Bland, Spaniard Sergio Garcia, American Talor Gooch, German Martin Kaymer and South Africans Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace are also in the field.
The new Golf League led by Australian Greg Norman will organize eight events with a total prize pool of 255 million dollars. Both the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour had declined all requests from members who had applied for exit vouchers to compete in the rival series. The event organized this week at the Centurion offers 25 million dollars in prize money, including 4 million dollars for the winner.
“For now, keep an eye on LIV GolfNa wrote on his accounts. “This is an exciting new product and I hope you enjoy the buzz it brings to golf. I’m excited to begin the next chapter of my career, starting next week at the inaugural LIV Invitational series event in London. I hope you will continue to support me.»