LIV Golf Players Eliminated After Inaugural Event: Where Are They Now?
What happened to the players who made way for the LIV superstar’s defectors after his first event? George Cooper brings you up to date
When the 48-man field for the first LIV Golf Invitational was finally released after weeks of ambiguity and controversy, the golf world was buzzing with excitement and concern – not just because of Dustin’s shocking inclusion Johnson, but because of the many unknowns Greg Norman had been forced to attract…
Since then, LIV’s field has continued to cut and change with various big names defecting to the league. Stars like Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka were dragged in for LIV’s second event in Portland – meaning several lesser-known celebrities became one-event wonders when they left the show as quickly as they are on it entries.
So what exactly happened to the LIV golfers who lined up at Centurion, never to be seen again in the breakaway league? Let’s dive into…
The South African picked up $800,000 for finishing T6 at Centurion before returning to the DP World Tour. Bekker’s first event after LIV London was the BMW International Open, where he finished T98. He finished T16 at the Irish Open a week later, earning just north of $80,000.
Bekker was then among the conglomerate of players banned for three tournaments and fined by the European Tour for their participation in LIV’s inaugural event.
The youngest winner of an event on the Official World Golf Rankings at just 15 years old, Chantananuwat was invited to play Centurion by Greg Norman and eventually finished T38.
However, not tempted by the big-money lure of LIV – for now, anyway – Chantananuwat followed LIV London to fill out their ‘amateur bucket list’ – starting with an appearance in the Amateur Championship a week later.
Like his namesake Mr. Bekker, Oliver Fisher returned to the DP World Tour after picking up $140,000 for a T38 finish at Centurion. The Englishman’s first appearance after LIV London was the BMW International Open then, where he missed the cut.
A surprise inclusion at Centurion given his consistent presence on the DP World Tour, the Spaniard finished T13 at Centurion, collecting $360,000. Larrazabal then returned to the European Tour for the BMW International Open, finishing T5 for an additional $85,000. He was subsequently banned from the Scottish Open, before traveling to St Andrews for the Open where he missed the cut. Some months.
One of several Asian Tour players who secured a place at the Centurion after finishing well at the International Series event at Slaley Hall, Madappa finished T30 at St Albans, collecting $156,000 before returning to Asia to participate in his parent tour and the Professional Golf Tour. from India.
Poor Andy Ogletree will forever go down as the final runner-up in LIV Golf’s first-ever event. The 2019 US Amateur winner, who was handed a $120,000 check to the Centurion despite finishing 24 times over par, was immediately eliminated by the separatist league to make way for Brooks Koepka. Ogletree was last seen on the mini circuit with other LIVers.
Another who seems to have faded into obscurity after opening LIV, JC Ritchie finished T17 at Centurion and took home $232,000. But just like Ogletree, the South African has hardly been seen since, not taking part in the DP World Tour again until the English Open six weeks later.
Blake Windred nailed a T38 finish at St Albans which earned him $140,000. After that it was back on the Challenge Tour for the Aussie, he started the Euram Bank Open where he missed the cut.
Another player who also qualified through the Asian Tour International Series, Kevin Yuan finished T33 and raised $150,000, but he will likely never be seen in Norman’s breakaway league again. The world No. 1,113 returned to Asia a week after Centurion, missing the Korean Open cut.