Phil Mickelson, Louis Oosthuizen and Bubba Watson filled out their LIV Golf League teams on Monday with the cutting-edge gamers to sign up for the Saudi-subsidized collection ahead of Friday’s season debut.
South African Dean Burmester, New Zealand’s Danny Lee, Belgium’s Thomas Pieters and American Brendan Steele completed the forty eight-participant discipline of 12 four-guy groups for the opener at Mexico’s Mayakoba resort.The debatable collection lured many huge names from the US PGA Tour and DP World Tour with record handbags of $25 million for 54-hollow occasions.
But LIV Golf, criticized as using game to enhance the reputation of a Saudi regime with fundamental human rights problems, created a divide within the golfing global that includes a court combat set to start subsequent January.
LIV Golf commissioner Greg Norman says his group has “reinvigorated” seasoned golfing for a more youthful crowd even as such stars as Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy have backed the installed excursions and historical tournaments.
“Our league format has already began to construct connections with new audiences around the world,” Norman said of the crew competition.
“Major champions, contemporary and future Hall of Famers and up-and-coming stars are all devoted to creating this new platform for world-class opposition as the game evolves for the following era.”
LIV’s 14-occasion season consists of eight US stops and its lineup includes thirteen most important winners and 4 former global quantity ones.Two-time main winner Dustin Johnson and his all-American 4Aces are protecting crew champions with Peter Uihlein, Pat Perez and Patrick Reed.
World range 35 Pieters joins -time Masters champion Bubba Watson’s Rangegoats along with Americans Harold Varner III and Talor Gooch.
Former British Open champion Oosthuizen’s all-South African team consists of Burmester, Branden Grace and Charl Schwartzel.
Six-time principal winner Mickelson’s all-US HyFlyers consist of Steele, James Piot and Cameron Tingale at the same time as Lee joined Americans Kevin Na and Sihwan Kim and Zimbabwe’s Scott Vincent on Iron Heads.
Other group captains encompass primary winners Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer, Henrik Stenson, Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau and Australian Cameron Smith, the reigning British Open champion.