Kevin Na has announced that he has resigned from the PGA Tour after 19 years with the LIV Golf Invitational Series.
On Saturday, the American released a statement via Twitter in which he explained that he was leaving the circuit to avoid a legal battle arising from his commitment to play in the events of LIV golf.
The 38-year-old has been listed to feature in the first tournament of the Saudi-backed rebel tour in Hertfordshire next week.
Lee Westwood, along with Dustin Johnson and Ian Poulter, will compete at the Centurion Club for a winning check of over £3 million – the biggest in professional golf.
He said: ‘For 19 years, I’ve played on the PGA Tour and I’ve loved every minute of it. I appreciate the platform it has provided me to play the game I love and the opportunities that come with it.
‘Recent developments in the world of professional golf have given me an opportunity to reconsider my options. I want the freedom to play where I want and exercise my authority as a free agent gives me that opportunity.
‘However, in order to remain a PGA Tour player, I must relinquish my right to make these choices about my career. If I exercise my right of choice while playing golf, I cannot remain a PGA Tour player without facing disciplinary proceedings and legal action from the PGA Tour.
‘I am sad to report that I have decided to resign from the PGA Tour. It has not been an easy decision and neither do I take it lightly. I am hopeful that the current policies will change and I will be able to play on the PGA Tour again.
For months, the PGA Tour has warned of a lifetime ban for players who indulge in LIV golf’s new series.
His decision to decline Na’s release request to play in the inaugural tournament of the Rebel Tour has prompted the golfer’s decision to resign.
In nearly two decades on the PGA Tour, Na has made over 450 appearances, winning five times, the most recent of which came at the 2021 Sony Open.
His resignation comes after world number 13 Johnson decided to join LIV Golf earlier this week.
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