New LIV Golf recruit Thomas Pieters is ‘DUMPED by old agent of Tiger Woods’ just days after leaving the PGA Tour as the Belgian is left in limbo: ‘Weirdest thing ever, he’s just gone’
Longtime Tiger Woods agent Mark Steinberg reportedly dumped Thomas Pieters after the new LIV Golf recruit left the PGA Tour.
The 15-time grand winner has long opposed the Saudi-backed circuit and it appears his agent is no different.
According to golf insider Alan ShipnuckPieters got the news upon his arrival in Mexico ahead of LIV’s first invitation in the second season, which started Friday.
In fact, Pieters was not told by Steinberg himself, but rather by a “subordinate” according to the report.
‘Weirdest thing ever,’ said Pieters. “He just left.”
Thomas Pieters got his first strokes under the belt as a LIV member as part of Rangegoats GC
Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy were in high spirits as they promoted TGL earlier this week
According to Shipnuck, Steinberg doesn’t have a single client on the current 48-man LIV Golf roster.
According to the player, Steinberg took no part of Pieters’ signing bonus when he signed with his latest employers.
Pieters was revealed on Monday as the newest member of the sophomore circuit after Sportsmail reported in October that he had been targeted.
Pieters represents the second major signing of the off-season for CEO Greg Norman, who also convinced world No. 46 Mito Pereira to join from the Tour.
Woods and Rory McIlroy will soon have their own league in conjunction with the PGA Tour, called the TGL. So far, 11 players have committed to the competition.
In addition to the mighty pair, World No. 1 Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Adam Scott, Collin Morikawa, Matt Fitzpatrick, Max Homa, Billy Horschel, Justin Rose and Xander Schauffele will compete.
The concept involves six teams of three PGA Tour players, competing in match play – similar to LIV – on a data-driven virtual course that also includes a short game complex for chipping and putting.
It is played on Monday evenings and lasts only two hours, with fans in the arena all very close to the action. There are 15 games in the regular season, followed by semi-finals and a final.
The 31-year-old Belgian left the PGA Tour to join the Saudi-backed circuit
He followed World No. 46 Mito Pereira and joined the sophomore entity which was managed by Greg Norman