Cameron Triangle, Joaquin Niemann the first of many moves expected this week

With the PGA Tour season now over After Rory McIlroy won the Tour ChampionshipThe focus now turns to players leaving the tour to join the entry-level LIV Golf Invitational Series.

Departures began before the tournament ended, with Cameron Tringle announcing he was leaving the tour, effective immediately.

In a statement posted to Twitter, Tringale expressed his gratitude to the PGA Tour, along with several other golf entities, and indicated that he would not renew his membership on the PGA Tour for the upcoming season.

After 338 starts on the PGA Tour, Tringale is ranked as the highest returner who hasn’t won a tournament. Since turning pro in 2009, Tringale has won $17,426,908 on the tour.

Triangle is the first of several splits expected later this week. It is widely rumored that defending British Open champion Cam Smith is jumping to LIV, and nothing has been done to deter those rumors in recent interviews. Up to five other players, both international and US-based, could also make the leap.

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Earlier this week, the PGA Tour unveiled a number of changes designed to combat LIV Golf’s rapid growth. These changes will primarily benefit the best players in the round; Tringle would probably not have qualified for Elite Player perks and tournaments had he stayed.

He was joined on Monday by his manager, Joaquin Neiman, from Chile She confirmed to The Associated Press. Although Niemann has yet to sign a deal with LIV Golf, he was on his way to Boston for the weekend’s championship.

Niemann, who has won the Tour twice in his career and jumped to 19th in the world rankings this season, finished T11 in the Tour Championship on Sunday. Although he will now be one of the highest-rated golfers in the LIV Golf Series, Niemann’s move isn’t too surprising given that his mentor Sergio Garcia and longtime friend Carlos Ortiz have already made the jump.

The 2022-23 Tour season begins in two weeks.

Cameron Tringle is the first of a slew of expected defections to join LIV Golf this week.  (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Cameron Tringle is the first of a slew of expected defections to join LIV Golf this week. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Kam Young, Hideki Matsuyama sticking to the PGA Tour

Cam Young and Hideki Matsuyama announced on Sunday that they won’t be making the jump to LIV Golf after all.

Young, a junior favorite of the year, chose to stay on tour after having discussions with LIV. While he loved their “new ideas”, it was the tour’s latest improvements that kept him staying.

“Honestly, I’ve decided to stay,” Young said after finishing 19th in the Tour Championship, via ESPN. “It’s a really difficult situation because no one really wanted it to happen. I think it wasn’t supposed to be that kind of animosity between the two of them.”

Young, 25, has finished 12 games 25th on the Tour this season and finished second five times – including at the British Open and the Genesis Invitational. He also finished T3 in the PGA Championship, jumping to 17th in the official golf world rankings.

“Honestly, throughout the process with them [LIV Golf]Young said, Via Brendan Quinn from Athletic. “I think they have a bunch of divine ideas and are doing some great things. With changes coming [to the PGA Tour]that’s what really helped me make the decision to stay and pursue those goals that I have for myself, like making the Presidents Cup team and the Ryder Cup team and winning the main tournament, when all of that is so uncertain if I go.

“This is a difficult place for me because, you know, it’s very young and there are a lot of factors.”

Matsuyama also confirmed to Doug Ferguson from The Associated Press He will stay on tour.

Matsuyama, who finished T11 in the Tour Championship, has long been associated with LIV Golf, but appears to have been leaning against leaving for the past week before making his decision on Sunday. The eight-time Tour winner, who won the Masters title last year, has won twice on the Tour this season and has taken 10 of the top 25 places – including fourth at the US Open.

Hideki Matsuyama will stay with the PGA Tour instead of LIV Golf

Hideki Matsuyama will stick to the PGA Tour instead of jumping to LIV Golf. (David J. Griffin/Sportswear Icon via Getty Images)

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