LIV Golf is certain that its inaugural season was a huge success.
The mini-season, despite no TV deal and much fury over the morality of the process of enticering some of the top players in the world to the Saudi sponsored tour, was as advertised.
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Greg Norman, the current CEO of LIV, has suggested that the tour would add “maybe seven players” to the roster. This is another change that runs alongside increased 14 events and a rise in prize-money and players.
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Every month, there are reports that so-and-so signed with the PGA Tour or that x player has been tempted.
Xander Schauffele has declined an offer to join LIV for the second time in six month. The same can be said about Viktor Hovland, Hideki Matsuyama and other names that could have huge implications for LIV Golf in countries outside the USA.
Social media is full of names that are often cited, but most of the time they are rumor or conjecture. There might be something to what appeared to be a harmless photo Sergio Garcia posted on Saturday on his Instagram account.
Garcia hosted Fore Kids at Texas, a charity golf day at which he and his colleagues raised funds to support the Austin community as well as at-risk youth.
The event was attended by three of the LIV champions, 4Aces GC, Dustin Johnson and Patrick Reed.
These were also the winners of one event in the LIV season: Charl Schwartzel, Brooks Koepka and Henrik Stenson.
Who was this, Chacarra being the Bangkok winner? Mito Pereira is the only one.
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The 27-year old held the lead for most of the 2022 PGA Championship. He double-bogeyed the 18th hole to miss out on the play-off. He finished the season at 50 in the world and was just enough to be invited to all major events.
As the year progressed, however, reports about his transfer to LIV are getting stronger. Ewan suggests that the Chilean star was among several players who were strongly linked to a move that will harm mainstream golf, at most for a while.
Schauffele is almost certain to stay with the PGA Tour. It remains to be seen what the other three will do.
Pereira, Thomas Pieters, or Patrick Cantlay have yet to comment. But if a picture paints 1,000 words ….