LIV GOLF INVITATIONAL PORTLAND TO DEBUT MAJOR CHAMPIONS
BROOKS KOEPKA, BRYSON DECHAMBEAU AND PATRICK REED,
INTERNATIONAL STAR ABRAHAM ANCER AND FAN FAVORITE PAT PEREZ
In Only Second Event, LIV Golf Players Represent Nine of the Last 21 Major Winners;
Team Captains for Portland Announced
London and West Palm Beach (June 22, 2022) – LIV Golf today announced the global field of players and the 12 team captains that will tee off at the second tournament of the season, the LIV Golf Invitational Portland, taking place June 30-July 2 at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in Oregon.
Among the headline players making their LIV Golf debuts are four-time major champion and former world No. 1 Brooks Koepka, 2020 U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau, 2018 Masters champion and Ryder Cup star Patrick Reed, and international sensation and current world No. 20 Abraham Ancer. Pat Perez, a fan favorite who boasts 74 top-10 finishes including four professional wins, and Yuki Inamori, a four-time winner on Japanese tours with 39 top-10 finishes as a pro, also make their first appearances with LIV Golf.
Three weeks after LIV Golf’s historic launch at Centurion Club in London, the Portland field will showcase nine of the last 21 major winners, four former world No. 1 players and nearly half of its competitors currently ranked in the top 100. The global field represents 12 different countries and a combined 20 major titles, as well as future stars of the game who earned an NCAA National Championship, US Amateur Championships and professional tour wins among their accomplishments. Players will compete in golf’s most exciting new format for $25 million and the chance to become the second individual and team champions for LIV Golf.
Players confirmed for the LIV Golf Invitational Portland (country of origin and OWGR listed):
|Last Name||First Name||Country||OWGR||Career Highlights|
|Ancer||Abraham||MEX||20||Three professional wins|
|Bland||Richard||ENG||69||Two career wins|
|Buranatanyarat||Itthipat||THA||607||Three wins on the Asian Development Tour|
|Canter||Laurie||ENG||122||One professional win|
|DeChambeau||Bryson||USA||30||Major champion; 10 professional wins|
|Du Plessis||Hennie||RSA||134||Three professional wins|
|Garcia||Sergio||ESP||59||Major champion; 36 career victories|
|Gooch||Talor||USA||39||Two professional wins|
|Grace||Branden||RSA||125||14 professional wins|
|Harding||Justin||RSA||114||11 professional wins|
|Horsfield||Sam||ENG||77||Three professional wins|
|Inamori||Yuki||JPN||106||Four professional wins|
|Johnson||Dustin||USA||16||Former World No. 1; Two-time major champion|
|Jones||Matt||AUS||72||Four professional wins|
|Kaewkanjana||Sadom||THA||119||Former Asian Tour Order of Merit leader (2 wins)|
|Kaymer||Martin||GER||224||Former World No. 1; Two-time major champion|
|Khongwatmai||Phachara||THA||136||Youngest player to win pro event (2013)|
|Kim||Sihwan||USA||137||Two Asian Tour wins|
|Kinoshita||Ryosuke||JPN||91||Three professional wins|
|Koepka||Brooks||USA||19||Former World No. 1; Four-time major champion|
|Koepka||Chase||USA||1607||Six professional top-10 finishes|
|Kozuma||Jinichiro||JPN||109||Two professional wins|
|McDowell||Graeme||NIR||372||Major champion; 16 victories|
|Mickelson||Phil||USA||83||6X major champion; World Golf Hall of Fame|
|Morgan||Jediah||AUS||251||2021-22 PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit|
|Na||Kevin||USA||34||Nine professional victories|
|Norris||Shaun||RSA||76||12 professional wins|
|Oosthuizen||Louis||RSA||23||Major champion; 20 professional wins|
|Ormsby||Wade||AUS||285||Four professional wins|
|Otaegui||Adrian||ESP||169||Three professional wins|
|Perez||Pat||USA||170||Four professional wins; 74 top-10 finishes|
|Pettit||Turk||USA||615||2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Champion|
|Piot||James||USA||1785||2021 U.S. Amateur Champion|
|Poulter||Ian||ENG||98||19 professional victories; former World No. 5|
|Reed||Patrick||USA||38||Major champion; Nine professional wins|
|Schwartzel||Charl||RSA||123||Major champion; London Invitational Winner|
|Smyth||Travis||AUS||405||International Series Order of Merit Qualifier|
|Snyman||Ian||RSA||379||International Series Order of Merit Qualifier|
|Swafford||Hudson||USA||96||Four professional wins; 12 top 10 finishes|
|Tanihara||Hideto||JPN||183||16 professional victories|
|Uihlein||Peter||USA||329||Former No. 1 Amateur; Four professional wins|
|Vincent||Scott||ZIM||92||Four professional wins|
|Westwood||Lee||ENG||85||Former World No. 1; 44 professional wins|
|Wiesberger||Bernd||AUT||97||13 professional victories|
|Windred||Blake||AUS||269||Earned first professional win in 2021|
*Note: The final three players will be announced in the coming days.
“Coming off our successful launch in London, we take another leap forward with our strengthened field for Portland. Record-setting champions, global ambassadors and rising stars are showing that players are eager to get involved with our innovative model that stresses camaraderie, competition, and above all, fun, that drives a new and entertaining product for today’s golf fans,” said Greg Norman, CEO and Commissioner of LIV Golf. “The response after one event has been overwhelming. Free agency has officially come to golf. I’m proud of this field and our entire team that is committed to creating a new and exciting future for this sport.”
The 48-man field in Portland will play across 12 teams of four players each. Teams for Portland will be announced on Tuesday, June 28 following a draft during which team captains will select players from the field via a snake format. The team captains announced for the Portland Invitational are:
The LIV Golf Invitational Portland offers opportunities for golfers from around the world including the Asian Tour, DP World Tour, PGA Tour, Sunshine Tour, PGA Tour of Australasia and Japan Golf Tour, as well as leading players from The International Series, which launched in Thailand in March, and top finishers from the LIV Golf Invitational Series. LIV Golf will continue to reward players that compete and perform well in LIV events, with a broad spectrum of exemption categories designed to ensure it delivers new opportunities for international golfers, as well as pathways for amateurs and the next generation of leading players, into elite professional golf.
Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel earned first prize in the individual competition at the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational London at Centurion Club. Stinger GC, Schwartzel’s team captained by major champion Louis Oosthuizen, took the team honors with fellow South Africans and teammates Hennie du Plessis and Branden Grace finishing second and third, respectively. Stinger GC finished with a total score of 20-under-par, besting the second-place competition by 14 strokes.
The LIV Golf Invitational Series launched June 9 to a worldwide audience showcasing its new, innovative format with more action, shotgun starts and no cut. Complete, live coverage of LIV Golf tournaments is globally available direct to fans on LIVGolf.com, YouTube and Facebook.LIV Golf event broadcasts are also aired live on a global roster of leading premium and free-to-air broadcasters providing coverage in over 150 territories around the world. The list of international networks covering the LIV Golf Invitational Series is available on LIVGolf.com.
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About LIV Golf Investments
LIV Golf Investments is a newly formed company, with group companies in the USA and UK. Its purpose is to holistically improve the health of professional golf on a global scale to help unlock the sports’ untapped potential. Greg Norman is the first and founding CEO of LIV Golf Investments. PIF, one of the world’s largest wealth funds, with a diverse international investment portfolio, is the