Rory McIlroy will face 16 LIV Golf players at Dunhill Links

Sixteen players in total and ten players at this week’s LIV Golf Invitational in Chicago are among the participants in the $5 million event, which is taking place in St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns.

They include American Talor Gooch and Mexican Abraham Ancer, the two players who were singled out by Billy Horschel for taking places in last week’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

Ignoring the controversy, Gooch finished fourth behind Shane Lowry in Surrey, where Ancer also earned a top-20 finish.

Charl Schwartzel pictured with LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman after winning the LIV Golf Invitational at the Centurion Club in June. Photo: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Other rebels who will play in the Dunhill Links include South African stars Charl Schwartzel, Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen.

Schwartzel and Grace were the winners of the first two LIV Golf Invitational events at Centurion Club near London and Pumpkin Ridge in Oregon, respectively. Grace is a former Dunhill Links champion, having won the title ten years ago.

Oosthuizen, who won the 2010 Open on the Old Course, was praised last week by DP World Tour general manager Keith Pelley for handling his departure to the Saudi-backed breakaway circuit of Greg Noman in a “professional and elegant” manner.

He added: “He hasn’t said a single word against us publicly since. He is a gentleman and I wish him nothing but the best.

Four other South Africans – Shaun Norris, JC Ritchie, Hennie Du Plessis and Oliver Bekker – are also expected to be part of the LIV Golf contingent in Scotland, along with English duo Richard Bland and Laurie Canter, American Peter Uihlein and Australian Jediah Morgan the other LIV players competing in Chicago on the Dunhill Links roster.

It also includes Spanish duo Adrian Otaegui, who have played in three of the LIV Golf events so far but are not in the Chicago roster and are playing this week at the DS Automobiles Italian Open on the DP World Tour, and Pablo Larrazabal, as well as Australian Blake Windred. McIlroy, making his first appearance since 2019, is also expected to be joined by Lowry, Horschel, US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick, two-time winner Tyrrell Hatton and Tommy Fleetwood in the final DP World Tour event. which will be held on Scottish soil this year.

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