LIV Golf Players – Big Names Confirmed in the LIV Series

The LIV Golf Invitational series has grown since the first event at the Centurion Club in London.

In this tournament, the field contained a mix of several rookies, seasoned pros whose best years may have been behind them, and just a few really huge stars. While this opening event only took place last month, the courses are getting more and more impressive, with LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman saying, “What we’re doing is very appealing to the best players in the world. world “. With the third of the eight-tournament inaugural season kicking off in Bedminster, New Jersey next week, that certainly seems to be the case.

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When the series kicked off last month, two names stood out in its one-champ mixed sack – Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson. Johnson, a two-time major winner and former world No. 1, is one of the biggest names in the game, and his inclusion is too big of a surprise. Meanwhile, while Mickelson is unlikely to recreate the heights of his early years, when he won five of his six career majors over a nine-year span between 2004 and 2013, it only makes one little more than a year since he won the most recent of them, the 2021 PGA Championship. From this first promotion, an honorary mention also goes to Louis Oosthuizen, who was in the world top 10 until the end of the year. ‘last year.

Since then, other top players have signed up. Former world No. 6 Patrick Reed, who won the Masters in 2018, played the second tournament at Pumpkin Ridge, as did 2020 US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau, who was world No. 4 as recently as in May last year. Former world No. 11 Abraham Ancer was another big signing in Portland, Oregon. However, perhaps the biggest shock came when another former world No. 1, Brooks Koepka, also signed up. The American has four Majors to his name and is still only 32, suggesting he is at the peak of his career. To this impressive group of players was added a rising star of the game, Matthew Wolff, 23 years old.

Next week’s tournament promises to be the strongest of the three. Along with the aforementioned players, two other notable names have joined the pitch – Paul Casey and Henrik Stenson. Despite being a relative veteran, having turned 45 this week, Casey hasn’t strayed far from the top 30 in the world since 2015 and only recently fell to 32nd in the world after an injury hampered year to date. .

Finally, 2016 Open champion Henrik Stenson was also unveiled as a LIV Golf player. The Swede had the honor of captaining next year’s European Ryder Cup team. He was stripped of it in light of his decision to take part in the Saudi-backed series, but there are few higher honors in the game, which highlights the reputation and stellar profile of the former world number 2.

Below is a roster of the full 48-player field for the Bedminster, New Jersey event.

NEW JERSEY LIV GOLF COURSE INVITATIONAL SERIES

  • Abraham Ancer
  • Richard Bland
  • Laurie Canter
  • Paul Casey
  • Eugenio Chacarra
  • Bryson De Chambeau
  • Henri du Plessis
  • Sergio Garcia
  • Talor Gooch
  • Branden Grace
  • Justin Harding
  • Sam Horsfield
  • Charles Howell III
  • Yuki Inamori
  • Dustin Johnson
  • matt jones
  • Sadom Kaewkanjana
  • Martin Kaymer
  • Phachara Khongwatmai
  • Ryōsuke Kinoshita
  • Brooks Koepka
  • Chase Koepka
  • Jason Kokrak
  • Jinichiro Kozuma
  • Graeme McDowell
  • Phil Mickelson
  • jediah morgan
  • Kevin Na
  • Shaun Norris
  • Louis Oosthuizen
  • Wade Ormsby
  • carlos ortiz
  • Pat Perez
  • Turkish Small
  • James Piot
  • Ian Poulter
  • David Puig
  • Patrick Roseau
  • Charles Schwartzel
  • Travis Smith
  • Henrik Stenson
  • Hudson Swafford
  • Hideto Tanihara
  • Peter Uihlein
  • Scott Vincent
  • Lee Westwood
  • Bernd Wiesberger
  • Matthew Wolff

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