LIV Golf set to announce five new signings
LIV Golf is set to announce at least five new big-name signings as soon as the FedEx Cup playoffs conclude, according to Golf Monthly.
The latest recruits have agreed to join at the end of the PGA Tour season and will complete the LIV roster for the Saudi-backed 2022 series. They will debut at the LIV Golf Invitational Boston early next month and play the final five events of this season before the full 14 LIV Golf League tournaments announced for 2023.
While no names have been confirmed, a well-placed source has confirmed that “a good handful” of new player announcements are imminent.
Open champion and world No. 2 Cameron Smith is rumored to be the next big name to join the Greg Norman-led operation, and with next year’s league set to include events in Australia, Smith , born in Brisbane, who lamented the lack of possibility to play at home, looks like one of those announced soon.
LIV currently has an all-Australian team, Punch GC, which is said to be the natural home of Smith, one of the finest golfers to hail from Down Under since Norman himself. Other Aussies have also been linked to LIV, with Adam Scott and Marc Leishman said to be on the radar.
Torque GC, the all-Japanese team, would be a natural home for another potential LIV target, Hideki Matsuyama, although the 2021 Masters champion is still considering his options and could still choose to remain on the PGA Tour.
Since the first event in London in June, LIV has rocked the golf world. Major winners like Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed have since joined launch stars Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson. It now looks like more star names will join them after next week’s Tour Championship.
The FedEx Cup playoffs continue this week with the BMW Championship, where the top 70 players on the eligibility list compete to qualify for next week’s Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. Only the top 30 players make it to the Tour Championship, which is a non-cut event, with those higher up the list starting with better scores, with the points leader starting at under 10.
Smith is out of the BMW championship with a hip injury, although his position as third on the eligibility list means he is likely to return for the Tour championship. The 29-year-old was embroiled in plenty of drama at the FedEx St Jude Championship last week, suffering a two-stroke penalty for playing his ball from the wrong place and damaging fan Blake Krassenstein’s phone and thumb with a wayward shot . The Aussie fixed that by sending Krassenstein a brand new, upgraded iPhone.