Tyrrell Hatton’s move to LIV Golf saw him banned from the PGA Tour, and it appears the Englishman will be unable to compete in Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods’ TGL too
Tyrrell Hatton has been removed from the TGL roster after the Englishman gave up his PGA Tour playing rights to join LIV Golf.
Hatton joined the LIV lineup for 2024, following in Jon Rahm’s footsteps. Days before Friday’s season-opening event at Mayakoba, the European Ryder Cup star was officially announced, and he signed at the last minute with the breakaway league.
Like his fellow LIV stars, Hatton, a former winner of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, signed a reported £50 million contract to move to Saudi Arabia.
Naturally, there are consequences: Hatton had to forfeit his eligibility for the PGA Tour after joining the Saudi competitors on the circuit. It seems that he has also lost his spot on Tiger Woods’ and Rory McIlroy’s TGL roster.
Hatton was one of several PGA Tour players signed by the cutting-edge league that McIlroy and Woods created. However, since joining LIV, the Englishman’s name and profile have vanished from the league’s website, along with any evidence of his involvement with TGL.
McIlroy is also affected by Hatton’s defection because he initially had Hatton’s Ryder Cup partner on his Boston Common team, along with Adam Scott and Keegan Bradley, for the first TGL season. Although the simulator-based league was originally scheduled to start last month, damage to their stadium in Florida made this inevitable.
Later, TGL executives announced that their inaugural campaign would now launch in January 2025, twelve months later. With Hatton’s career change, it will now proceed without his participation. Naturally, he is not the only former TGL celebrity to switch to LIV.
Captain and fellow LIV player Rahm had also committed to playing with Woods and McIlroy on the TGL roster, but the Spaniard made his withdrawal official in November of last year. It was revealed a few weeks later that Rahm had signed a contract worth up to £450 million to join the breakaway league.
McIlroy Woods has more time to find replacements for the two departing LIV stars because of the postponement of TGL’s start. Following Rahm’s departure in November, the league said in a statement that his replacement would be revealed “soon.”
Though the inventive circuit hasn’t added a player to take the Spaniard’s spot after three months. In Rahm and Hatton’s absence, there are currently 22 players committed, making 24 players total. The playing group is divided among six teams.