Michael Jordan stopped famous golfer from ditching PGA tour for Saudi-backed LIV golf

Harold Varner III became one of the few golfers to decline LIV Golf to stay loyal to the PGA Tour. Varner considered joining the Saudi-backed Tour, but changed his mind after consulting with NBA legend Michael Jordan. His decision comes after he failed to make the cut at the 2022 US Open.

Michael Jordan is considered one of the best basketball players among celebrities. He rarely makes a public appearance, but is most often found golfing with other celebrities or sports stars.


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Apparently, the six-time NBA champion played a crucial role in stopping Harold Varner III from joining the PGA Tour nemesis. The Jumpman’s opinion should always be respected.

Jordan urged Harold Varner III to stay on the PGA Tour

Varner and Jordan share a business relationship. The 31-year-old golfer wears the “Jumpman” logo from head to toe due to his sponsorship deal with the Jordan brand. But the professional relationship between the two men also extended to a friendship.

Varner respected Jordan’s opinion after the NBA Hall of Fame gave him his thoughts on joining LIV Golf. Varner said: “I think that helps because I’m sure he made decisions like this long before I was born.

With his six NBA titles, Michael Jordan obviously has the experience of managing several contracts during his career. Varner claims that this little chat with the NBA legend was more than enough for him to reject LIV Golf’s proposed deal.


‘It wasn’t worth it’: Saudi international champion rejects LIV Golf and sticks to PGA Tour

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Harold Varner III is still only 31 and still has a long way to go. With him remaining on the PGA Tour, we can see what more he could offer the Tour.

Players who rejected LIV Golf

Besides Varner III, PGA Tour players Niemann and Schaufelle turned down LIV Golf’s offer by sticking with the 92-year-old Golf Tour. Harold Varner III claimed to have spoken to PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan to ensure he continues on the PGA Tour.


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June 10, 2021; Ridgeland, South Carolina, USA; Harold Varner III hits from the 18th tee during the Palmetto Championship first round at Congaree Golf Tournament. Mandatory Credit: David Yeazell – USA TODAY Sports

Joaquin Niemann, another promising prospect, has also clarified his membership of LIV Golf. He said, “Nothing to say from me. I want to do my best to beat all these guys. he said addressing all the top ranked players, “…They’re still there, and as long as they’re there, I’m not going anywhere. No chance.”

Tokyo 2020 Olympics gold medalist Xander Schaufelle also said he wants to compete against the best golfers in the world, who can only be found on the PGA Tour. Schaufelle also took aim at a dig at LIV Golf players saying, “No one who left moved the needle for me.


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Despite huge money offers, LIV Golf is still unable to get their hands on these players. But only time will tell which Tower will triumph in the end.

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