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Who are the LIV players in the PGA Championship

Who are the LIV players in the PGA Championship?

There is a healthy group of former major champions in the LIV Golf League that are eligible for this week’s PGA Championship, but more have been extended invitations too…

 

Golf’s four major championships are the only occasions where fans can watch PGA Tour and DP World Tour players compete with those who left for the LIV Golf League.

Several past major champions have joined the Saudi-funded league since its inception in June 2022 and their successes allow them to compete in the sport’s big four occasions despite playing on a circuit that doesn’t permit Official World Golf Ranking points.

With LIV’s 54-man roster unable to ascend the rankings following the league’s application rejection in October, some of them have attempted to build ranking points on other tours in pursuit of major spots.

Joaquin Niemann was invited to the Masters based on his performances on the DP World Tour, and the Chilean is one of a handful of LIV players to receive an invitation to the PGA Championship at Valhalla.

Being invited by the PGA of America is one way of earning a start at the PGA Championship, which is the way in which some LIV players have found their way in.

But the likes of Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson and Martin Kaymer can sleep soundly knowing they can play in this event for as long as they like as previous winners of the Wanamaker Trophy.

Clamour has often been raised by LIV Golf players who believe the majors haven’t got on board with the start-up circuit, one being Talor Glooch who revealed earlier this year that he wouldn’t be attempting local qualifying for The Open or the US Open.

However, he has been invited to play in Louisville this week. So let’s see which of his colleagues will be joining him:

Who are the LIV players in the PGA Championship

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Jon Rahm

Brooks Koepka

Dustin Johnson

Cameron Smith

Bryson DeChambeau

Phil Mickelson

Martin Kaymer

Tyrrell Hatton

Joaquin Niemann

Adrian Meronk

David Puig

Talor Gooch

Patrick Reed

Dean Burmester

Lucas Herbert

Andy Ogletree

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Now on the wrong side of 25, Matt has been playing golf since the age of 13 and was largely inspired to take up the game by countless family members who played golf during his childhood.

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