Report: Former World No.1 To Play LIV Golf Invitational Series

In a report by The Telegraph, it has been revealed that Martin Kaymer is poised to make a switch to the LIV Golf Series that starts in June

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Back at the beginning of April, Greg Norman, CEO of LIV Golf Investments, the Saudi investment company who are backing the newly announced Invitational Series, announced that "marquee names" would make the switch to the LIV Golf Series from the DP World and PGA Tours.

Now, in a report by The Telegraph, it has been revealed that Martin Kaymer is the mystery former World No. 1 who Greg Norman announced would feature at Centurion Club in early June, with Lee Westwood the other former world-topper who requested release for the $25 million tournament.

Westwood and Kaymer walk

Westwood and Kaymer walk together during the semi-final of the Hero Challenge 2017 prior to the start of the British Masters

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In April, the Daily Mail revealed that two former World No.1 players had signed up for the Series, with the pair also being said to be Ryder Cup heroes. 

Westwood was the first to be announced, which posed questions on who the other player was. It has now been revealed to be Kaymer, the current World 191, who hasn't claimed a win since the 2014 PGA Grand Slam of Golf.

On Monday, the PGA Tour is expected to confirm that it will grant permission for its members to appear at the Centurion Club. However, with the DP World Tour, it is potentially different, as members of the Tour are likely to face penalties amid a growing sense that permission will not be granted to those looking to tee up at Centurion.

Currently, we know Kaymer, Westwood and  Sergio Garcia have made requests and, with Ian Poulter also linked with the Series, Chief Executive of the DP World Tour, Keith Pelley, will have an incredibly difficult decision to make going forward.

Kaymer hits a tee shot

Kaymer's last start came at the Valspar Championship in March

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So far in 2022, Kaymer has only played three times, with two missed cuts and a tie for 48th being followed by a break away from the game to be with his partner, Irene Scholz, who gave birth to their son, Sam, in January. 

Currently, it is unclear when the German's next appearance will be, but he is expected to play in the PGA Championship in May, which is just a few weeks prior to the first LIV Golf Series event on the 9th - 11th June.

Matt Cradock
Matt Cradock

Matt studied Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2019. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly and the PGA, he covers all aspects of the game, from Tour news to equipment testing and buyers’ guides. Taking up the game at the age of six, Matt currently holds a handicap of 3 and despite not having a hole in one…yet, he has had two albatrosses. His favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.