Which players are expected to join Greg Norman's crusade ahead of the revamped 2023 season? We weigh up the likelihood of the biggest names linked to LIV Golf so far

Since LIV Golf became part of our everyday lives, have we managed to go 24 hours without a big-name player being linked with the Saudi Arabia-funded breakaway series?

It’s like football’s now infamous Transfer Deadline Day except, well, it’s every day.

And with commissioner Greg Norman looking to lock up 48 names as part of LIV’s revamp for the 2023 season, so who’s in, who’s out, and who’s still on the fence?

Let’s weigh up the latest rumours…

Hideki Matsuyama

Word on the street is the 2020 Masters champion will receive a $400 million signing-on fee. For context, Phil Mickelson commanded less than half that, and for further context, Tiger Woods entire career earnings on the golf course come in at around $125 million. He pulled out of the FedEx St Jude Championship with a neck injury – and we fully expect the Japanese star to be one of Greg Norman’s big name announcements that will apparently come straight after the Playoffs.

LIVometer: 9/10

Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman

When asked about LIV in the aftermath of his Open win at St Andrews, Smith said his “team worries about that stuff”. If that isn’t a yes, then what is? Now, fellow Aussie Cam Percy has told an Australian radio station that “unfortunately they’re gone” when asked about Smith and Leishman heading to the Saudi ranks following the FedEx Cup Playoffs, while the Telegraph have also confirmed the report. Smith, though, is remaining tight-lipped, while simultaneously dropping every hint possible that he’s on his way to LIV.

LIVometer: 9/10

Adam Scott

Another Masters champion who has long been linked to join his old buddy Greg on the Saudi payroll, Scott is understood to be lined up for the Australian team ahead of the 2023 season, which is also likely to begin Down Under.

LIVometer: 7/10

Patrick Cantlay

The World No 4 has been linked with LIV all summer since admitting a lucrative offer would be “very tempting”. However, the American somewhat rebuked his claims at the Rocket Mortgage Classic by insisting he has no plans to join the series “at the moment”. Hmm, by no means a total objection.

LIVometer: 7/10

Rickie Fowler

He recently said: “I believe the PGA Tour is the best place to play. I would love to see it be that way in the future but some things do need to evolve. So that’s where I’m at.” Would be fun to see him team up with Bubba, Hunter Mahan and Ben Crane to recreate Golf Boys…

LIVometer: 5/10

Cameron Young

Could the PGA Tour’s oversaturation of players called Cameron soon become a LIV issue? Only if you believe the papers. The Times has reported that Open runner-up Young is the next big name headed to LIV. Their source? Well, they don’t say. Just lots of “coulds” and “maybes”. Not for us.

LIVometer: 4/10

Jordan Spieth

This rumour was doing the rounds ahead of The Open before being spectacularly shut down by the player himself. Not that that really means anything, given how many players have U-turned so far…

LIVometer: 3/10

Justin Thomas

A surprise inclusion, given how much he has spoken out against joining LIV alongside his mate Rory McIlroy – but the rumours circulate. Would be the biggest surprise so far.

LIVometer: 1/10

LIV Golf Invitational schedule

Who’s joined LIV Golf?

Announced for the 2023 season:

Bubba Watson

Announced ahead of LIV Golf Bedminster:

Henrik Stenson
Paul Casey
Jason Kokrak

Announced ahead of LIV Golf Portland:

Bryson DeChambeau
Patrick Reed
Brooks Koepka
Matthew Wolff
Pat Perez
Abraham Ancer

Announced ahead of LIV Golf London:

Phil Mickelson
Dustin Johnson
Sergio Garcia
Ian Poulter
Lee Westwood
Graeme McDowell
Martin Kaymer
Louis Oosthuizen
Kevin Na
Charl Schwartzel
Richard Bland

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