LIV Golf set to announce three more signings
LIV Golf Course’s three spots for this week’s tournament in Portland are expected to be filled Monday with three new recruits.
bunkered.co.uk understands Carlos Ortiz, Matthew Wolff and Eugenio Chacarra will be revealed as the latest names to defect from the Saudi-funded circuit and will feature in its second $25m event which kicks off at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club Thursday. .
Ortiz, 31, won the 2020 Houston Open on the PGA Tour but saw his world ranking slip to 115th after starting the year at 51st. He will join fellow countryman Abraham Ancer in LIV’s increasingly impressive roster.
Likewise, the 23-year-old Wolff has one PGA Tour victory under his belt: the 3M Open, which he won in 2019 playing on a sponsor’s exemption just weeks after turning pro.
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The following year, the oddly swinging American found himself tied for fourth at the COVID-delayed PGA of America. He finished second to Bryson DeChambeau at the US Open a month later.
Like Ortiz, however, he’s been on a tough streak lately, missing seven cuts in 13 PGA Tour appearances in 2022.
Chacarra is arguably the most intriguing of the new recruits. Ranked second in the World Men’s Amateur Golf Rankings just last week, he gave up his amateur status to turn professional and commit his future to LIV.
Waiting for Carlos Ortiz to be confirmed as a LIV golfer tomorrow. The world No. 115 won the 2020 Houston Open and will join fellow countryman Abraham Ancer on the Saudi-funded tour.
As widely reported, Eugenio Chacarra is also joining LIV, and Matthew Wolff is also expected to go.
— Michael McEwan (@MMcEwanGolf) June 26, 2022
The Spaniard has stood out for Oklahoma State University on the American college golf scene but, speaking to Spanish newspaper Marca, explained that the opportunity presented to him by LIV was too good to turn down.
“My position is that of a player who is not a member of the PGA Tour or the DP World Tour, and I did not earn any money while I was an amateur, so I can play in this league without problem. “, did he declare. “This contract gives me peace of mind and secures the future of my family. I had already succeeded in everything as an amateur, and now I will be able to gain experience as a professional.
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LIV’s ability to sign players straight from college – as it once did with US amateur champion James Piot – should ring alarm bells at PGA Tour headquarters. It wasn’t long ago, for example, that Collin Morikawa and Viktor Hovland, now world top-10 stalwarts and PGA Tour poster boys, were in the same position as Chacarra and Piot.
The three players are expected to be officially revealed by LIV Golf on Monday. They will join Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Sergio Garcia and Phil Mickelson among those who have committed to the controversial start-up led by Greg Norman.