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A total of 15 men from the top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking have signed up for the first LIV Golf Invitational Series at London's Centurion Club in June, it has been revealed.
Today is the final day for PGA Tour players to request a release to play in a non-PGA Tour event - 45 days - with the releases set to be granted 30 days prior to the tournament. The DP World Tour also has a 30-day policy, so we can expect to find out in 15 days' time as to who have signed up.
A LIV Golf spokesperson confirmed to SI.com/Morning Read that 15 of the top 100 had signed up but names are currently under wraps due to player confidentiality agreements. More than 70 players have apparently registered interest in the Saudi-backed golf league opener, which will have a field of 48.
Of the 48, and of the 15 world's top 100 players, it could be likely that one or more of Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Kevin Na have signed up according to previous reports. World No.1053 Robert Garrigus has signed up for the event after reports last week.
The eight-tournament schedule begins at the Centurion Club in June, which is the same week as the PGA Tour's RBC Canadian Open. Bubba Watson was rumoured to be playing at the Centurion Club but then released his schedule on social media that included the Canadian Open. That takes place in the week prior to the US Open.
The 48-man field will play 54-holes without a cut, with a huge $25m purse. The Canadian Open purse stands at $8.7m whilst the DP World Tour's Scandinavian Mixed, also in the same week, carries a purse of $2m. A leaked email revealed that DP World Tour Keith Pelley had pleaded with DP World Tour members to remain loyal to their tour amid the Saudi threat.
The LIV Golf Invitational Series will then head Stateside to Pumpkin Ridge in Portland before trips to New Jersey, Boston, Chicago, Bangkok, Jeddah and then, if reports are true, Trump Doral in Florida for the season-ending Team Championship.
The PGA Tour does not allow releases to play in other US events so there's set to be some tricky conversations coming over the coming months if players wish to tee it up in any of the US-based LIV Golf Invitational events.
Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.
Elliott is currently playing:
Driver: Honma TR20
3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max
2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi
Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW
Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58
Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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