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The rumoured names involved - Brooks Koepka, Collin Morikawa, Viktor Hovland and Xander Schauffele - would send shockwaves through the golfing world as the amount of star names leaving the PGA Tour could turn from a trickle to a flood.
The Saudi-backed Series was written off by some as offering final pay days to golfers who were slightly past their best, but all that could be about to change with rumours that multiple members of the world’s top 20 are about to sign up, including one four-time Major winner.
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Putting names to those involves a bit of guesswork, but Brooks Koepka certainly fits the bill as the four-time Major winner. His brother Chase is already part of the LIV set-up, having finished 37th in the opening event at the Centurion Club near London last week, and the 32-year-old is one of just two current players with four Majors to his name, having won the US Open and the PGA Championship twice each. McIlroy is the other active four-time Major champion and we know he won't be joining LIV Golf anytime soon.
While the likes of McIlroy and Justin Thomas have come out this week against players jumping ship from the PGA Tour to play the LIV Golf Series, Koepka has not committed himself long term. Of course that could be because his brother has chosen that route, but it could also be that he wants to keep that option open, or that he’s on the verge of going himself.
There’s going to be some surprising names announced next week for the LIV event in Portland, including multiple top 20 players in the world and a 4 time major champion.June 16, 2022
Earlier in the week, @flushingitgolf speculated the next big names about to sign with LIV Golf, and they are all far from ageing and looking for one last payday. Morikawa, the World No.7, is a two-time Major winner and current Open champion, and is aged just 25.
World No.8 Hovland is a year younger, and while he is yet to win a Major, it’s a matter of when not if for one of golf’s best up and coming players. Schauffele, the 28-year-old World No.12, is another who has been knocking on the door in the Majors, with runner-up finishes in the Open and Masters and a third in the US Open.
Rumours are ramping up that more LIV Golf signings are on the way:
2 Players will announce they’re joining the LIV Golf Series on Monday after the US Open. One of these announcements will be for a Top-16 OGWR Player #SecretTourProJune 16, 2022
Other rumoured names we've also seen linked with LIV Golf include Rickie Fowler and Harold Varner III.
It has to be stressed that these are just rumours as things stand. It remains to be seen who heads to LIV Golf next.
The rumours around players jumping to LIV have been pretty accurate so far, so here’s the next 3 big names that I keep hearing: Morikawa, Xander and Hovland.June 14, 2022
Dustin Johnson, currently ranked 16th in the World, was the only member of the World’s top 20 to play at the Centurion Club, but all that could change as the LIV Golf Invitational Series heads to the USA for the first time. Event two on the calendar is set for Pumpkin Ridge in Portland from June 30th to July 2nd. Charl Schwartzel banked $4.75million for winning the first 48-runner, 54-hole event last weekend.
Jeff graduated from Leeds University in Business Studies and Media in 1996 and did a post grad in journalism at Sheffield College in 1997. His first jobs were on Slam Dunk (basketball) and Football Monthly magazines, and he's worked for the Sunday Times, Press Association and ESPN. He has faced golfing greats Sam Torrance and Sergio Garcia, but on the poker felt rather than the golf course. Jeff's favourite course played is Sandy Lane in Barbados, which went far better than when he played Matfen Hall in Northumberland, where he crashed the buggy on the way to the 1st tee!
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