LIV Golf Invitational Field, Dustin Johnson, PGA Tour, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, Greg Norman, Matt Jones, video

Golf’s big shakeup is one step closer, with 42 of the 48 names revealed for next week’s opening LIV Golf Invitational in London next week.

Also extraordinarily, world No. 13 and one of golf’s biggest names, Dustin Johnson, is part of the field that will tee off at the Centurion Club which will split the $25 million prize pool ($35 million Australians).

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The golf world has been in shock after Masters champion and two-time major winner Dustin Johnson was named in the opening tournament of the LIV Golf Invitational. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Among the list of big winners is Sergio Garcia, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel.

Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood are also included.

Four Australians were also included, including PGA winner Matt Jones.

Interestingly, Phil Mickelson, who hasn’t teeed off since falling on his own sword after causing the biggest stir in golf history, was not named.

That doesn’t mean the six-time major winner won’t be a late inclusion, with six more names to follow over the coming week, but his absence continues one of golf’s most confusing stories.

Phil Mickelson’s return to golf is still no closer after he was not included in the 42 players nominated for the first LIV Golf Invitational at the Centurion Club. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Mickelson was forced to apologize and has since gone to ground after it was revealed he was playing Saudi-backed LIV golf league against the PGA Tour to try to reshape the current status quo.

“They’re scary motherfuckers to get involved with,” Mickelson said of Saudi Arabia. “We know they killed [Jamal] Khashoggi and have a horrible human rights record. They execute people there for being gay. Knowing all of this, why would I even consider it? Because this is a unique opportunity to reshape how the PGA Tour works. They were able to get by with manipulative, coercive and heavy-handed tactics because we players had no recourse.

He half-heartedly apologized, saying his “official” speech was taken “out of context”.

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But since the comments hit Earth, Mickelson hasn’t played and sensationally retired from last month’s PGA Championship and thus lost the chance to defend his title.

His downfall is straight out of the Shakespearean school, having become the oldest major champion (50 years old) by winning the Wanamaker Trophy.

In a statement from Johnson’s management, it was confirmed that the two-time Major winner has been considering joining the LIV Golf League for “the past two years”.

“Dustin has considered the opportunity from time to time over the past couple of years. Ultimately, he decided it was in his best interest and that of his family to pursue it,” David Winkle said of his client in a press release.

“Dustin has never had a problem with the PGA TOUR and is grateful for everything it has given him, but in the end he felt it was too compelling to pass up.”

In addition to Jones, fellow Aussies Jediah Morgan, Wade Ormsby and Blake Windred are included.

Matt Jones is one of four Australians included in the 42-man squad. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: AFP

While teeing off doesn’t mean all 48 players will permanently join the LIV Golf Invitational, it’s unclear what punishment the PGA Tour and DW World Tour will inflict.

LIV CEO Greg Norman hopes the eye-watering cash on offer will further convince the best players in the world to join the Rebel League.

“Quite honestly, it doesn’t matter who plays (at the start), we’re going to put the event together,” Norman said in April. “There is a top prize of $4 million (A$5.7 million). I hope a child who is 350th in the world will win. It will change his life, the life of his family.

“And then a couple of our events will happen and the top players will see somebody win $6 million, $8 million, and say ‘enough, I know I can beat these guys week in and week out with my hands. linked behind my return.'”

Here is the complete list of players (42 players out of 48 announced):

Olivier Bekker, South Africa

Richard Bland, England

Laurie Canter, England

Ratchanon Chantananuwat (amateur), Thailand

Hennie Du Plessis, South Africa

Oliver Fisher, England

Sergio Garcia, Spain

Talor Gooch, United States

Branden Grace, South Africa

Justin Harding, South Africa

Sam Horsfield, England

Dustin Johnson, United States

Matt Jones, Australia

Sadom Kaewkanjana, Thailand

Martin Kaymer, Germany

Phachara Khongwatmai, Thailand

Sihwan Kim, United States

Ryōsuke Kinoshita, Japan

Chase Koepka, United States

Jinichiro Kozuma, Japan

Pablo Larrazabal, Spain

Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland

Jediah Morgan, Australia

Kevin Na, United States

Shaun Norris, South Africa

Andy Ogletree, United States

Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa

Wade Ormsby, Australia

Adrian Otaegui, Spain

Turk Pettit, United States

James Piot (amateur), USA

Ian Poulter, England

David Puig (amateur), Spain

JC Ritchie, South Africa

Charl Schwartzel, South Africa

Hudson Swafford, United States

Hideto Tanihara, Japan

Peter Uihlein, United States

Scott Vincent, Zimbabwe

Lee Westwood, England

Bernd Wiesberger, Austria

Blake Windred, Australia

Michael C. Ford