LIV Golf: The Players Who've Made The Switch And Those Who Haven't

The 48-man roster arrives at Trump Bedminster for the third LIV Golf event this week
17:55, 28 Jul 2022

LIV Golf arrived into the world of golf with a whimper, followed by a bang. After initial sniggers from critics and golfers, the pay cheques were revealed for being involved in the tour and the masses were quickly silenced as some of the biggest golfers in the world left the traditional tours to join up with the Saudi-led project. 

The first event, a curtain raiser at London’s Centurion Club, was free-to-air on YouTube, with the 12 teams battling it out for a prize pot exceeding $4 million.

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With the hype train still running, there’s plenty more golfers being linked with an elope to Greg Norman’s new tour, and we’ll name the ones that have moved, have been rumoured to move and the players that’ll never move.

Players Already At LIV Golf

The field was recently announced for the second event in LIV Golf’s history and goes as follows (with team names included):

4 Aces

Dustin Johnson

Patrick Reed

Taylor Gooch

Pat Perez

Cleeks

Martin Kaymer

Laurie Canter

David Puig (A)

Graeme McDowell

Crushers

Bryson Dechambeau

Paul Casey

Shaun Norris

Charles Howell III

Bryson DeChambeau
Bryson DeChambeau

Fireballs

Sergio Garcia

Abraham Ancer

Carlos Ortiz

Eugenio Chacarra

Hy Flyers

Phil Mickelson

Bernd Wiesberger

Matthew Wolff

Justin Harding

Iron Heads

Kevin Na

Sadom Kaewkanjana

Phachara Khongwatmai

Scott Vincent

Majesticks

Lee Westwood

Ian Poulter

Sam Horsfield

Henrik Stenson

Niblicks

Hudson Swafford

Turk Pettit

James Piot

Peter Uihlein

Punch

Wade Ormsby

Matt Jones

Travis Smyth

Jediah Morgan

Smash

Brooks Koepka

Chase Koepka

Jason Kokrak

Richard Bland

Brooks Koepka
Brooks Koepka

Stinger

Louis Oosthuizen

Hennie Du Plessis 

Branden Grace

Charl Schwartzel

Torque

Hideto Tanihara

Yuki Inamori

Ryosuke Kinoshita

Jinichiro Kozuma

Pablo Larrazabal, Oliver Bekker and JC Ritchie have only made appearances at the first LIV Golf event, and will miss out this weekend again. Ratchanon Chantananuwat, the youngest golfer to ever win on a professionally recognised tour, and Oliver Fisher are also set to miss out. 

Players Who Could Move To LIV Golf

An announcement is expected to be made this week from the tournament that twice-Masters champion Bubba Watson is joining the tour. LIV CEO Greg Norman reportedly will be kick-starting his next event with a big announcement of new players. 

This year’s Champion Golfer, Cameron Smith, was questioned about whether his allegiances still lied with the tour, and unfortunately for the bosses at the PGA, he wasn’t as dismissive as they’d liked. “I don’t know, mate. My team around me worries about all that stuff, I’m here to win golf tournaments,” was the response in his post-win press conference.

Rumours of Henrik Stenson joining were confirmed when the Ryder Cup removed him as captain of Team Europe. Hideki Matsuyama is also allegedly set to make the move, after being offered a sum of $400 million to sign on in the competition. The Japanese star bizarrely crashed out of the PGA Tour’s 3M Open, getting a quadruple bogey after finding the water hazard three times in a row. 

Players Who Will Not Be Leaving For LIV Golf

As of today, there are many players who have publicly stated their intentions to remain on the traditional tours. Among the top of the game, Rory McIlroy takes a lead role, criticising those who leave for the new tournament as well as the tournament itself, saying “There’s no room in the golf world for LIV.”

 Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy

Alongside the Northern Irishman is Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth, Scottie Scheffler, Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa and Will Zalatoris. Norway’s Viktor Hovland also commented to a publication in his homeland that he doesn’t intend to play in any LIV Golf events.

This group is subject to change as ‘The Shark’ Norman attempts to find their number to get them to join his competition. 

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