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 (opens in new tab), CEO of LIV Golf Investments, the Saudi investment company who are backing the newly announced Invitational Series, announced that "marquee names" (opens in new tab) would make the switch to the LIV Golf Series from the DP World and PGA Tours.

Now, in a report by The Telegraph (opens in new tab), 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. (opens in new tab)

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 (opens in new tab) 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. (opens in new tab) 

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 (opens in new tab). However, with the DP World Tour, it is potentially different, as members of the Tour are likely to face penalties (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) and, with Ian Poulter also linked with the Series (opens in new tab), Chief Executive of the DP World Tour, Keith Pelley, will have an incredibly difficult decision to make going forward.

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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 (opens in new tab), 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
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x