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LIV Series: Ian Poulter insists more stars will jump ship for Saudi millions

Ian Poulter insists it’s only a matter of time before more stars jump ship to grab Saudi millions as he and Lee Westwood admit they’re in the dark about Ryder Cup futures – but claim the LIV series is ‘no different’ than playing the PGA Tour

  • The LIV Golf Series will hold its inaugural event at the Centurion Club on Thursday
  • Ryder Cup legends Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood are both in the 48-man field
  • The duo admitted they don’t know if they’ll be banned from the Ryder Cup
  • The DP World Tour has been publicly silent on the matter, compared to the PGA
  • Poulter believes top players watching this week want to join Saudi rebels

Ian Poulter says it’s only a matter of time before more major golfers switch to the Saudi-backed breakaway series that kicks off Thursday in St Albans.

With Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed expected to be next to join the controversial start-up, which includes Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia, golf is teetering on the brink of a major power shift.

While the many legal complexities are being judged through the traditional behind-the-scenes tours, and Poulter and Lee Westwood may be banned from future Ryder Cups, Poulter is confident more star names will follow the gold rush.

Ian Poulter believes top players watching this week want to join Saudi rebels

Ian Poulter believes top players watching this week want to join Saudi rebels

He and Lee Westwood (right) could be banned from future Ryder Cups for participating in the LIV Series

He and Lee Westwood (right) could be banned from future Ryder Cups for participating in the LIV Series

The inaugural event of the LIV Invitational Series, to be held at the Centurion Club, is already being described as the richest event in golf with a prize pool of £20 million.

Poulter said: “I definitely see other top players watching this week and wanting to be a part of it. There is going to be a huge investment in the game of golf and sports in general.

“Certainly, other players will be watching with interest this week and I think they’ll want to come and see what it’s all about.

“The team division has always been something that most people have always been drawn to. So it’s a huge sum of money, but it’s a great platform to build the game of golf on.”

Poulter claimed team division is something players 'have always been drawn to'

Poulter claimed team division is something players ‘have always been drawn to’

Golf has entered a period of civil war following the creation of this new series, with the PGA Tour threatening sanctions against those who do the trick.

The DP World Tour, formerly the European Tour, has been publicly silent on the matter, although their stance is of great importance to Poulter and Westwood, due to the potential ramifications of the Ryder Cup.

Both golfers admitted they were in the dark about what their move to the LIV series might mean in that regard, with Poulter saying: ‘We don’t know.

Westwood said the LIV series is 'another tour' and should not affect their Ryder Cup futures

Westwood said the LIV series is ‘another tour’ and should not affect their Ryder Cup futures

“I’d like to think not, all the golf I’ve played around the world in all the different countries and tours, I don’t see why this should be any different. We don’t know how DP World Tour will look, of course it plays a role.’

Westwood said: “What I’m saying is that myself and Ian have been on the PGA Tour while we were on the European Tour and that has had no effect on whether people have been captains in the past. LIV Golf is a different tour, so why should it be any different?’

Westwood, 49, was more open than most when discussing the financial aspect of the move. He said, “If there’s a raise, I’d be stupid at my age not to take it, or at least take a good look at it and then not take it.”

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