World No.2 Jon Rahm has joined Brooks Koepka in turning down the Premier Golf League, another setback to a league promising guaranteed money and a team concept that now will be without the top three players in the world.
"At the end of the day I'm a competitor. I'm a PGA Tour member and I'm going to stay that way," the 25-year-old Spaniard told Golfweek.
"I'm a young player ... Hopefully I have a long career ahead on the PGA Tour. The PGA Tour has done such a great job with what we have and I'm really thankful for what they've done."
World No.1 Rory McIlroy was the first top player to emphatically reject the proposals and the Northern Irishman has now been joined by Ryder Cup teammate Rahm and World No.3 Koepka in pledging loyalty to the PGA Tour and European Tour.
"I am out of the PGL. I'm going with the PGA Tour," Koepka told The Associated Press on Sunday.
"I have a hard time believing golf should be about just 48 players."
McIlroy, who replaced Koepka at World No.1 a month ago, said last month in Mexico City he was not interested in the new league.
RIGHT: McIlroy said last month in Mexico City he was not interested in the new league. PHOTO: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images.
He said he valued his freedom to decide when and where to play instead of the proposed schedule of 18 tournaments, not including the majors.
Koepka said he made up his mind after meeting with organisers in Los Angeles a month ago during the Genesis Invitational, wanting to wait for a time where any announcement would not become a distraction.
"I get that the stars are what people come to see," the 29-year-old said.
"But these guys who we see win, who have been grinding for 10 or 15 years, that's what makes the cool stories. I'd have a hard time looking at guys and putting them out of a job."
Koepka speaks from experience. Having failed to advance past the second stage of PGA Tour qualifying in 2012, he played remote spots on the Challenge Tour, earned a European Tour card and eventually made it to the PGA Tour, where he won his first tournament in early 2015.
"I don't forget where I've come from," Koepka said.
"There are guys from that top 125 who could be the next star.
- Doug Ferguson, Associated Press