PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan took no light steps in regards to the defections. In June, he announced indefinite suspensions for all current and future players who choose to join LIV Golf. That means Mickelson, Johnson and others won’t have the opportunity to play in PGA Tour events. LIV Golf’s recruitment tour has yet to near its end, and it’s still trying to recruit the world’s best and most well-known, and it all began with Tiger Woods. The 15-time major winner and one of golf’s all-time greats was reportedly offered $700 to $800 million, a number that LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman said was “somewhere in the neighborhood.” That offer came before Norman was LIV Golf CEO, however.Here’s why so many of the game’s best are jumping to the new circuit:

Why are PGA Tour golfers going to LIV Golf?

In a word: Money. In several more words: Cash, moolah, green, dough, shekels.LIV Golf is backed and funded by the Saudi Arabian government’s Public Investment Fund, hence the controversy surrounding players jumping ship; The nation has often been criticized for its handling of human rights over the years, including its assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Some paint the money as “blood money,” and others accuse the Saudi government of “sportswashing” its image via its backing of LIV Golf.

Regardless of where the money is coming from, LIV offers something that the PGA Tour does not, by giving contracts to its players, in stark contrast of the PGA Tour’s merit-based reputation.Phil Mickelson, the first and most notable player to join the LIV Golf Tour, was reportedly offered $200 million to make the jump. Mickelson has earned $94 million on the course during his PGA Tour career, per Spotrac.Former world No. 1 golfer Dustin Johnson was another LIV Golf defector, and had earned $74,276,710 on the course in his career. LIV Golf signed Johnson to a four-year contract worth a reported $125 million.In addition to the hefty sums of money going to former PGA players, players also face a less intensive schedule and earn a bigger paycheck for winning some tournaments. For example, the inaugural LIV Golf event in London paid out $4 million to the winner, Charl Schwartzel — a number that surpasses any major tournament winner.