New LIV Golf recruit Thomas Pieters is ‘DROPED by Tiger Woods’ longtime agent’ just days after leaving PGA Tour as Belgian is left in the dark: ‘Strangest thing of all, he’s just gone ‘
Tiger Woods’ longtime agent Mark Steinberg reportedly dropped Thomas Pieters after the new LIV Golf recruit left the PGA Tour.
The 15-time top winner has long opposed the Saudi Arabia-backed circuit and it appears his agent is no different.
According to golf expert Alan ShipnuckPieters was informed of the news upon his arrival in Mexico ahead of LIV’s first invite of its second season, which kicked off on Friday.
Furthermore, Pieters was not informed by Steinberg himself, but by an ‘underling’ according to the report.
“The weirdest thing ever,” Pieters said. “He’s just gone.”
Thomas Pieters struck his first blows as a member of LIV as part of the Rangegoats GC
Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy were in good spirits while promoting TGL earlier this week
Per Shipnuck, Steinberg doesn’t have a single client on LIV Golf’s current 48-man roster.
Steinberg did not take a share of Pieters’ signing bonus when signing with his new employers, according to the player.
Pieters was unveiled as the newest member of the sophomore circuit on Monday after Sportsmail reported in October that he was a target.
Pieters represents the second major signing of the offseason for CEO Greg Norman, who also convinced world number 46 Mito Pereira to join the Tour.
Woods and Rory McIlroy will soon have their own league in partnership with the PGA Tour, called the TGL. So far, 11 players have committed to the league.
In addition to the power duo, world number 1 Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Adam Scott, Collin Morikawa, Matt Fitzpatrick, Max Homa, Billy Horschel, Justin Rose and Xander Schauffele will participate.
The concept involves six teams of three PGA Tour players playing matches – not unlike LIV – on a data-driven virtual course that also includes a short-game complex for chipping and putting.
It will be played on Monday nights and will take just two hours, with fans at the arena very close to the action. There will be 15 matches in the regular season, followed by semifinals and a final.
The 31-year-old Belgian has defected from the PGA Tour in favor of joining the Saudi-backed tour
He followed world No. 46 Mito Pereira and joined the sophomore entity run by Greg Norman