McDowell and Johnson among those confirmed for LIV Golf opener

Graeme McDowell (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

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.

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5 responses to “McDowell and Johnson among those confirmed for LIV Golf opener”

  1. Alan avatar

    Surprised and disappointed to see mcdowell’s name on list of players. Most of the others are ‘has berms’ or distinctly second tier

  2. Darren avatar

    ‘Hey Siri, show me a list of golfers worried they can’t make enough money on tour…’

    I’m not sure 4 of the top 50 in the world plus a load of also rand was what LIV envisaged when they started this. DJ must be getting paid a clean fortune to play.

  3. Kevin avatar

    Not worth a comment

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