Harold Varner

If you’ve been keeping up with Harold Varner III’s career, you might have been taken aback by the announcement that he’s switching from the PGA Tour to LIV Golf.

Just as well, although in a different way, was his statement announcing and explaining his decision. Since his early days on Tour, 32-year-old Varner has been a fan favorite due to his refusal to ape anyone else. Most surprisingly, he didn’t sugarcoat the financial motivations for his decision to join LIV, which was the most stunning part of his statement.

I can’t turn down the chance to join LIV Golf since it’s a huge cash opportunity. Yes, I understand what it’s like to come from a poor background. In an Instagram post, Varner said, “This money is going to ensure that my son and future Varners will have a stable basis to start on — and a life I could have only dreamed of growing up.

” Many of the initiatives I’m creating through my foundation will also benefit from this. I’m not going to stop breaking ground for future golfers among young people. Please accept this receipt as payment.”

While North Carolina’s Kevin Varner has yet to win on the PGA Tour, he has made it to the playoffs for the past seven years in a row thanks to his strong performance in the FedExCup. The fact that he won the 2022 PIF Saudi International sparked rumors that LIV Golf was interested in signing him.

Varner told SI in June that he was declining an offer from LIV Golf that he described as “crazy,” and that he would not be joining the company. After consulting with several respected individuals, including PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan, I ultimately decided that the opportunity was not worth taking. That’s a really easy solution.

The LIV Golf season kicks off this week, and Varner will make his debut at The International in Bolton, Massachusetts.

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Career

With his win at the Australian PGA Championship, an event sanctioned by both the PGA Tour of Australasia and the European Tour, Varner became the first Australian to win a professional golf tournament. Aside from Hale Irwin, who won in 1978, he is the only other American to win the Australian PGA Championship. In doing so, he joined Tiger Woods and South African’s Vincent Tshabalala as the only other black men to win on Europe’s elite European Tour.

In the 2019 PGA Championship, which took place on Bethpage Black outside of New York City in May, Varner was in a two-way tie for second going into the final round. He was in the final group with the tournament’s eventual winner, Brooks Koepka, but his 81 put him in a tie for 36th place.

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Varner had his greatest PGA Tour result to that point in April of 2021. Finished in a tie for second at the RBC Heritage, four strokes behind winner Stewart Cink. For the Asian Tour’s PIF Saudi International in February 2022, Varner was the victor. He beat Bubba Watson by a single stroke thanks to an eagle on the 18th hole, a 92-foot putt.

For the first time ever, Varner was in control of the RBC Heritage after 54 holes on the PGA Tour in April of 2022. He ended up tied for third, one stroke behind champion Jordan Spieth. The 36th spot in the world is a new personal best for him.

After the 11th hole of the final round at the Charles Schwab Challenge in May 2022, Varner was tied for the lead. His total score of +10 over the final seven holes left him nine strokes behind the victor. He signed with LIV Golf in August of 2022.

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