All Three to Make Debut in Portland; Field Is Set For LIV Golf’s Second Event With Teams To Be Announced Tuesday
London and West Palm Beach (June 27, 2022) – LIV Golf today announced that rising star Matthew Wolff, world ranked no. 2 amateur Eugenio Chacarra and international standout Carlos Ortiz are officially joining LIV Golf and will make their debuts in Portland. The field is now set for the LIV Golf Invitational Portland, LIV Golf’s second event of the season taking place June 30-July 2 at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in Oregon.
One of golf’s longest hitters off the tee, the 23-year-old Wolff has quickly established himself among the game’s top competitors. An All-American at Oklahoma State University and winner of the 2019 NCAA Division I individual championship, Wolff then turned pro in 2019 and secured his first professional win less than one month later. He has continued to make an impact within golf’s elite, reaching a career-best No. 12 in the world in October 2020 and earning seven top-10 finishes, including runner-up at the U.S. Open and fourth at the PGA Championship.
World ranked No. 2 amateur Eugenio Chacarra will make his first appearance as a professional with LIV Golf. The 22-year-old is a two-time All-American at Oklahoma State University, where he was a finalist for both the Ben Hogan Award and the Haskins Award as the NCAA’s top collegiate golfer. The No. 1 amateur from Spain, Chacarra made 14 collegiate starts in 2021-22, winning three times with six additional top-six finishes.
Ortiz, winner of four professional tournaments worldwide, has been a standout since turning pro in 2014. He has spent 80 weeks of his career ranked in the top 100 and reached 44th in the world in February 2021. Born in Guadalajara, Mexico and a collegiate golfer at the University of North Texas, Ortiz represented his country in the Summer Olympics in Tokyo in 2021.
“Our impressive roster of LIV golfers continues to grow with incredible young talent and international stars. Matthew Wolff and Eugenio Chacarra have both made a name for themselves as two of golf’s most promising talents, exhibiting impressive success at an early age. I’m eager to watch them play alongside Carlos Ortiz, one of Mexico’s most consistent pros who along with many of our other golfers represents LIV Golf’s continued commitment to growing the game on a global scale,” said Greg Norman, CEO and Commissioner of LIV Golf. “LIV Golf is providing new opportunities for the best players in the world to compete, and our field in Portland reflects that. We can’t wait to kick off our first U.S. event with these incredible golfers.”
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 NCAA National Championships, 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.
Below is the field for the LIV Golf Invitational Portland:
|Last Name||First Name||Country||OWGR||Career Highlights|
|Ancer||Abraham||MEX||22||Three professional wins|
|Bland||Richard||ENG||71||Two career wins|
|Buranatanyarat||Itthipat||THA||615||Three-time winner on the Asian Development Tour|
|Canter||Laurie||ENG||127||One professional win|
|Chacarra||Eugenio||ESP||1804||World No. 2 Amateur|
|DeChambeau||Bryson||USA||31||Major champion; 10 professional wins|
|Du Plessis||Hennie||RSA||135||Three professional wins|
|Garcia||Sergio||ESP||63||Major champion; 36 career victories|
|Gooch||Talor||USA||38||Two professional wins|
|Grace||Branden||RSA||128||14 professional wins|
|Harding||Justin||RSA||116||11 professional wins|
|Horsfield||Sam||ENG||81||Three professional wins|
|Inamori||Yuki||JPN||73||Four professional wins|
|Johnson||Dustin||USA||17||Former World No. 1; Two-time major champion|
|Jones||Matt||AUS||74||Four professional wins|
|Kaewkanjana||Sadom||THA||120||Former Asian Tour Order of Merit leader (2 wins)|
|Kaymer||Martin||GER||231||Former World No. 1; Two-time major champion|
|Khongwatmai||Phachara||THA||139||Youngest player to win pro event (2013)|
|Kim||Sihwan||USA||144||Two Asian Tour wins|
|Kinoshita||Ryosuke||JPN||95||Three professional wins|
|Koepka||Brooks||USA||19||Former World No. 1; Four-time major champion|
|Koepka||Chase||USA||1638||Six professional top-10 finishes|
|Kozuma||Jinichiro||JPN||112||Two professional wins|
|McDowell||Graeme||NIR||379||Major champion; 16 victories|
|Mickelson||Phil||USA||84||Six-time major champion; World Golf Hall of Fame|
|Morgan||Jediah||AUS||258||2021-22 PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit|
|Na||Kevin||USA||33||Nine professional victories|
|Norris||Shaun||RSA||79||12 professional wins|
|Oosthuizen||Louis||RSA||21||Major champion; 20 professional wins|
|Ormsby||Wade||AUS||294||Four professional wins|
|Ortiz||Carlos||MEX||119||Four professional wins|
|Otaegui||Adrian||ESP||172||Three professional wins|
|Perez||Pat||USA||170||Four professional wins; 74 top-10 finishes|
|Pettit||Turk||USA||623||2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Champion|
|Piot||James||USA||1804||2021 U.S. Amateur Champion|
|Poulter||Ian||ENG||96||19 professional victories; former World No. 5|
|Reed||Patrick||USA||39||Major champion; Nine professional wins|
|Schwartzel||Charl||RSA||125||Major champion; London Invitational Winner|
|Smyth||Travis||AUS||411||International Series Order of Merit Qualifier|
|Snyman||Ian||RSA||386||International Series Order of Merit Qualifier|
|Swafford||Hudson||USA||97||Four professional wins; 12 top 10 finishes|
|Tanihara||Hideto||JPN||188||16 professional victories|
|Uihlein||Peter||USA||334||Former No. 1 Amateur; Four professional wins|
|Vincent||Scott||ZIM||94||Four professional wins|
|Westwood||Lee||ENG||87||Former World No. 1; 44 professional wins|
|Wiesberger||Bernd||AUT||102||13 professional victories|
|Windred||Blake||AUS||278||Earned first professional win in 2021|
|Wolff||Matthew||USA||77||One professional win and seven top-10 finishes|
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.
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.
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.
LIV Golf is owned and operated by LIV Golf Investments whose vision and mission are centered around making holistic and sustainable investments to enhance the global golf ecosystem and unlock the sport’s untapped worldwide potential.
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 majority shareholder in LIV Golf Investments.