Kevin Na explains the shock decision to step down from the PGA Tour

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World No. 33 Kevin Na will be at LIV Golf’s first event in Hertfordshire next week (Image: Getty)

Kevin Na has announced that he has retired from the PGA Tour after 19 years due to his ties to the LIV Golf Invitational Series.

On Saturday, the American released a statement via Twitter, explaining that he was leaving the circuit to avoid litigation arising from his obligation to attend LIV Golf events.

The 38-year-old is listed to compete in the first tournament of the Saudi-backed Rebel Tour in Hertfordshire next week.

Na will join the likes of Lee Westwood, Dustin Johnson and Ian Poulter at Centurion Club for a winner’s check worth over £3million – the largest in professional golf.

He said: “I’ve been playing on the PGA Tour for 19 years and I’ve loved every minute of it. I appreciate the platform the Tour has given me to play the game I love and the opportunities that come with it.

Lee Westwood and Dustin Johnson will also play at the Centurion Club (Image: Getty)

“Recent developments in the professional golf world have given me an opportunity to reconsider my options. I want the freedom to play where I want, and exercising my right as a free agent gives me that opportunity.

“However, in order to remain a PGA Tour player, I must give up my right to make these decisions about my career. If I exercise my right to choose where and when I play golf, I cannot remain a PGA Tour player without being subject to PGA Tour disciplinary and legal action.

“I am sad to announce that I have made the decision to retire from the PGA Tour. It was not an easy decision and not one that I take lightly. I hope the current policies change and I can play on the PGA Tour again.”

For months, the PGA Tour has warned of lifetime bans for players appearing in LIV Golf’s new series.

Her decision to deny Na’s request for release to play in the inaugural Rebel Tour tournament prompted the golfer’s decision to resign.

In nearly two decades on the PGA Tour, Na has made over 450 appearances and won five times, most recently at the 2021 Sony Open.

His resignation follows the decision of the world number 13. Johnson to partner with LIV Golf earlier this week.

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