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LPGA Tour pro Marina Alex has voiced her annoyance at the timing of the LIV Golf Invitational Series field announcement.
The inaugural field has finally been unveiled, with former World No.1 and two-time Major winner Dustin Johnson headlining the $25m Centurion Club opener. The announcement was said to come on Friday but was delayed, apparently, due to last-minute negotiations with Johnson - who is said to have been offered $125m according to reports.
It's huge news in the world of golf, with the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series dominating headlines this year, although the timing of the announcement has come during the week of the US Women's Open at Pine Needles - and two-time LPGA Tour winner Marina Alex isn't best please.
"Yay for the LIV announcement the day before the biggest week in women's golf history. LOVE THAT FOR US," Alex posted on Twitter.
Yay for the LIV announcement the day before the biggest week in women’s golf history. LOVE THAT FOR US 😂 June 1, 2022
Marina Alex won her second LPGA Tour title at the Palos Verdes Championship in California last month. She made her Solheim Cup debut for Team USA at Gleneagles in 2019.
Journalist Jason Sobel also joked about the timing of the announcement:
I mean, there’s the womens US Open also that it’s taking attention fromJune 1, 2022
The US Women's Open is the second of the five women's Majors and features a huge purse of $10m - up from $5.5m last year. The winner will cash the highest cheque in the championship's history of $1.8 million.
The tournament sees the return of World No.2 and Olympic gold medallist Nelly Korda, who has recovered from a blood clot, as well as 2014 US Open winner Michelle Wie West, who recently announced she was taking a back step from golf. Sweden's 10-time Major champion and 72-time LPGA Tour winner Annika Sorenstam is also in the field, making her first Major appearance since 2008.
Yuka Saso is the defending champion this week, after she defeated Nasa Hataoka in a playoff at San Francisco's Olympic Club last year following Lexi Thompson's back nine demise.
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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