Bryson DeChambeau, the world’s 15th ranked player, says he could forfeit his $1.4 million appearance fee for the event in the United Arab Emirates amid safety concerns in the Gulf region in the wake of the US-Iran conflict.
Iran has signaled its intention to “unleash Hezbollah” in the Gulf, following the United States’ strike to eliminate Iranian general Qassem Soleimani last week.
Iran has since retaliated against military bases containing US personnel in Iraq and further violence is feared in the stand-off between the two nations.
The 26-year-old Ryder Cup star DeChambeau says that the potential dangers that exist to American passport holders in the region has made him reconsider his involvement, and he says that he’s “not really sure” if he will take part in the competition.
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