The controversial LIV Golf Series is set to get underway this week – and it already counts a number of high-profile PGA Tour players in its ranks.
The Saudi-backed tour is essentially a rival league to the long-standing PGA Tour. However, the LIV Golf Series offers far more money than the prestigious golf circuit.
Why is the LIV Golf Series so controversial?
At first, it was unclear what the consequences will be for players – Johnson himself said it is “hard to know” at this stage” – but it added another element of controversy to the new tour.
Eventually, the PGA Tour decided to suspend any of its members playing in LIV Golf from competing in its sanctioned events. Europe’s Ryder Cup captain, Henrik Stenson, meanwhile, is set to be stripped of the captaincy after he joined LIV Golf on July 20.
But who else has entered?
LIV Golf Series: Every PGA Tour player who has signed up
Whilst Johnson has resigned his PGA Tour membership to play, other players, such as Graeme McDowell and Phil Mickelson, have not done so.
Bryson DeChambeau, meanwhile, announced his participation on Wednesday, June 8.
Then, on June 28, 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed announced he was joining LIV Golf – and slammed the PGA Tour in the process. Fellow American, Pat Perez, also quit the PGA Tour.
For the purposes of this list, we’ll recognise a PGA Tour golfer as someone who is listed as an ‘active golfer’ on the PGA Tour’s official website, prior to joining LIV Golf.
Here is the complete list of PGA Tour players who will play in the LIV Golf Series:
- Matt Jones (Australia)
- Ian Poulter (England)
- Lee Westwood (England)
- Abraham Ancer (Mexico)*
- Graeme McDowell (Northern Ireland)
- Branden Grace (South Africa)
- Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa)
- Charl Schwartzel (South Africa)
- Sergio Garcia (Spain)
- Henrik Stenson (Sweden)*
- Bryson DeChambeau (United States)*
- Talor Gooch (United States)
- Charles Howell III (United States)*
- Dustin Johnson (United States)
- Jason Kokrak (United States)*
- Brooks Koepka (United States)*
- Phil Mickelson (United States)
- Kevin Na (United States)
- Pat Perez (United States)*
- Patrick Reed (United States)*
- Hudson Swafford (United States)
- Peter Uihlein (United States)
- Bubba Watson (United States)*
- Matthew Wolff (United States)*
* – Players who joined LIV Golf after June 8.
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