LIV Golf have finally announced its field that will tee off at the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational Series tournament June 9-11 at Centurion Club (London) and Graeme McDowell and Dustin Johnson are amongst it.
The 42 players revealed represent 11 different countries, have a combined eight major titles, include three former world No. 1 ranked players and comprise 26 of the top 150 golfers in the world, as well as players from across the worldwide professional Tours.
The tournament received more than 170 applications. In addition to global stars of the game, the event will also bring together future stars who boast an NCAA National Championship, US Amateur Championships and professional tour wins among their accomplishments.
The field will compete for $25 million with the chance to become the first individual and team champions for LIV Golf. Players confirmed for the LIV Golf Invitational London include: (country of origin and OWGR 1-250 listed)
|Last Name||First Name||Country||OWGR||Career Highlights|
|Bekker||Oliver||RSA||93||Seven career wins|
|Bland||Richard||ENG||66||Two career wins|
|Canter||Laurie||ENG||114||One professional win|
|Chantananuwat (Am)||Ratchanon “TK”||THA||Youngest to win an OWGR event|
|Du Plessis||Hennie||RSA||128||Three professional wins|
|Fisher||Oliver||ENG||One professional win; 16 top-10 finishes|
|Garcia||Sergio||ESP||54||Major champion; 36 career victories|
|Gooch||Talor||USA||35||Two professional wins|
|Grace||Branden||RSA||118||14 professional wins|
|Harding||Justin||RSA||111||11 professional wins|
|Horsfield||Sam||ENG||72||Three professional wins|
|Johnson||Dustin||USA||13||Former World No. 1; Two-time major champion|
|Jones||Matt||AUS||68||Four professional wins|
|Kaewkanjana||Sadom||THA||125||Former Asian Tour Order of Merit leader (2 wins)|
|Kaymer||Martin||GER||210||Former World No. 1; Two-time major champion|
|Khongwatmai||Phachara||THA||133||Youngest player to win pro event (2013)|
|Kim||Sihwan||USA||138||Two Asian Tour wins|
|Kinoshita||Ryosuke||JPN||87||Three professional wins|
|Koepka||Chase||USA||Six professional top-10 finishes|
|Kozuma||Jinichiro||JPN||103||Two professional wins|
|Larrazabal||Pablo||ESP||65||Eight professional wins|
|McDowell||Graeme||NIR||Major champion; 16 professional victories|
|Morgan||Jediah||AUS||235||2021-22 PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit|
|Na||Kevin||USA||33||Nine professional victories|
|Norris||Shaun||RSA||69||12 professional wins|
|Ogletree||Andy||USA||2019 U.S. Amateur Champion|
|Oosthuizen||Louis||RSA||20||Major champion; 20 professional wins|
|Ormsby||Wade||AUS||Four professional victories|
|Otaegui||Adrian||ESP||162||Three professional wins|
|Pettit||Turk||USA||2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Champion|
|Piot (Am)||James||USA||2021 U.S. Amateur Champion|
|Poulter||Ian||ENG||89||19 professional victories; former World No. 5|
|Puig (Am)||David||ESP||Seven top-10 finishes in 2021 (NCAA)|
|Ritchie||JC||RSA||154||10 professional victories|
|Schwartzel||Charl||RSA||120||Major champion; 23 professional wins|
|Swafford||Hudson||USA||91||Four professional wins; 12 top 10 finishes|
|Tanihara||Hideto||JPN||173||16 professional victories|
|Uihlein||Peter||USA||Former No. 1 Amateur; Four professional wins|
|Vincent||Scott||ZIM||109||Four professional wins|
|Westwood||Lee||ENG||74||Former World No. 1; 44 professional wins|
|Wiesberger||Bernd||AUT||90||13 professional victories|
|Windred||Blake||AUS||250||Earned first professional win in 2021|
*Note: The final six players will include Commissioner’s invites and berths following the results of The Asian Tour International Series England tournament, June 2-5 at Slaley Hall. Announcements will be made by Monday, June 6.
“Free agency has finally come to golf. This is an opportunity to start a movement that will change the course of history by bringing new and open competition to the sport we all love. The desire shown by the players to participate in LIV Golf demonstrates their emphatic belief in our model and confidence in what we’re building for the future,” said Greg Norman, CEO and Commissioner of LIV Golf.
“We couldn’t be happier at the diversity of our field, featuring players from around the world including major champions and those making their debut with us competing in their first professional event. We can’t wait to start our journey at Centurion Club with this group of first movers who are committed to growing the game in new and exciting ways.”
Offering opportunities for players from around the world, the LIV Golf Invitational London field welcomes leading players from the Asian Tour, DP World Tour, PGA Tour, Sunshine Tour, PGA Tour of Australasia and Japan Golf Tour, as well as offering places to the leading players from The International Series, which launched in Thailand in March, and highest finishing players from the International Series England, which takes place at Slaley Hall this week (June 2-5).
LIV Golf’s broad spectrum of exemption categories is designed to ensure LIV Golf delivers new opportunities for international golfers, as well as player pathways into elite professional golf. The 48-man field will play across 12 teams of four players each, which will be determined at The Draft on Tuesday, June 7. LIV Golf will appoint 12 team captains who will then select players in the first round in order of reverse OWGR ranking, and for the second and third rounds via a snake format. Team names and logos will also be unveiled at The Draft.
The first seven regular season events will consist of three 18-hole rounds for a total of 54 holes, with no cut, and shotgun starts to ensure a faster and more exciting pace of play. The eighth and final event will be a four-day team match play seeded knockout. Each Regular Season event will essentially be two simultaneous competitions – an individual and team event. The individual winner will be the player with the lowest 54-hole stroke play total. For the team competition, the best two stroke play scores will count for each team for the first two rounds.
For the third and final round, the best three scores will count, with the lowest overall team score after 54 holes being named the team winner.