Amateur star Sargent puts LIV Golf on red alert after turning down PGA Tour

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Gordon Sargent announced during the week that he will return to Vanderbilt for his senior season, deferring his opportunity to accept PGA TOUR membership this June.

Sargent, the world number one amateur, topped the PGA TOUR University Accelerated rankings but will now wait until June 2025 to turn professional when he will have a tour exemption through to 2026.

“I am excited to announce that I’ll be returning to Vanderbilt for my senior year in 2024-25,” said Sargent. “It’s been an honor to represent this university alongside my teammates and coaches, and I look forward to continuing to compete – and further my education – at this amazing place that has given so much to me

Sargent is the first player to earn Tour membership through PGA TOUR University Accelerated, and he’s the first to earn a TOUR card on collegiate merit prior to his senior year.

“Was kind of hoping a decision would come clear and obviously there’s not going to be a perfect answer,” Sargent told Golf Channel.

The 21-year-old has already played at the Masters and US Open doesnt believe now is the right time to turn professional.

“But I was weighing my options and I mean, after just playing a few college events in the spring, I think you really appreciate how much you enjoy college golf. After reviewing with my parents, coaches and team-wise, it just kind of seemed like it was the best thing for me. I could stay in Nashville and continue to get better.

“I think there were a lot of expectations this year, and we’re looking forward to the postseason, but I think just staying another year, being a senior, enjoying the college life and while also knowing, I mean knowing there’s a PGA Tour card still waiting for you, it gives you a lot of freedom if you need to make some changes and stuff. Then off the golf course, just continue to mature as a person and just better prepare myself for the future.”

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