David Puig competes in the National Championship final, then the inaugural golf Leaf

Scottsdale, Arizona – The reigning US Amateur Champion and two of the world’s top 10 ranked amateurs are listed at next week’s LIV Invitational Series event outside London.

2021 Amateur Champion James Peut, Arizona junior David Puig and rising Thai star Ratchanon (“TK”) Shantanawat, will compete as amateurs in the 48-player tournament that was revealed Tuesday after months of speculation. The 54-hole event is scheduled to take place June 9-11 at the Centurion Club.

The news broke about an hour after the Puig’s Sun Devils advanced to the final game of the NCAA Championship. He said in an interview with GolfChannel.com afterwards that he is excited about his second career foray against the pros, having finished 34th last year at the DP World Open in Spain.

Johnson and Garcia lead the opening of the Leaf golf course

Johnson and Garcia lead the opening of the Leaf golf course

“I thought it was a good thing for me,” he said on Tuesday evening after winning the semi-final match. “Being from Spain, I thought I had played well so far, and only had one exemption from the European Tour event in the past three or four years. I wanted to play more and prepare for the future.”

Although the LIV event offers a $25 million purse — the richest in golf history — Puig said he doesn’t receive any of the championship prize money directly, allowing him to maintain his spot as an amateur. (A source said the buffs could still be compensated through other means, such as the name-, image-, and likeness deal.) Puig said his current plan is to turn professional in the summer of 2023 after the NCAA Championships, hosted by Grayhawk Golf Club. , near the Arizona campus.

Puig, ranked ninth in the amateur golf world rankings, is highly regarded and has been one of the best performing players in college golf for the past two seasons. Piot was an undisclosed American amateur champion who did not play well in his final season with Michigan State, finishing 140th in the Golfstat rating. Chantananuwat, 14, is the youngest player to win an OWGR certified event.

Puig’s decision could have major repercussions for his upcoming college season.

As a freshman, he was already enrolled in the University’s PGA Tour program which gives playing opportunities to college seniors. The top five players in the ranking receive full Korn Ferry Tour status (plus entry to the final stage of the Q-School, with a chance to win one of the 25 available PGA Tour cards), and numbers .6-15 for status on one of the other parachute circles in round.

In an apparent attempt to discourage college players from joining the Saudi-backed series, the tour announced changes to the two-year program earlier this month, saying players would lose their eligibility if they participate in a professional tournament not recognized by the official. World golf rating. As of now, the LIV Circuit does not award World Class Points.

Although the Seniors Rookie ranking has yet to be announced, Puig said that because of his injury-plagued junior season – he won once but also lost significant time due to wrist and back injuries – he was unlikely to finish in the top five. , except for an exciting big campaign. He’s discovered that his chances of a full Korn Ferry Tour membership have also diminished as a group of talented players return to school, including award-winning Hogan Ludvig Aberg and Oklahoma State star Eugenio Chacarra.

Puig said: “I know I could probably be in the top 15, but I’d rather play in Europe than in Canada because I might get other invites with the Challenge or the DP World Tour through the Spanish Federation. It’s a two-year thing, and I haven’t played well this year. So I have to take advantage of other opportunities.”

Written by Brentley Rommen

Texas and Arizona survived Tuesday’s NCAA marathon to lock in tickets for Wednesday’s final game at Grayhawk.

Puig said that, if invited, he would consider playing other LIV events on the eight tournament schedule, but is currently only committed to the opening match. It has a busy summer schedule starting at American Amateurs, British Amateurs and European Amateurs, among other highlights, with the 2022-23 college season starting in the fall.

It remains to be seen how the Tour will respond to those who follow it at the inaugural LIV event, but Puig said that competing full-time on the Tour remains his ultimate goal.

“Oh yeah, that’s for sure – that’s my goal,” he said. “I want to play against the best and at the moment LIV has good players but not the best players, and I want to play against the best players in the world. But I also feel that I need to improve, and that is what LIV will give me. I want to become better and I hope that I’m playing on the PGA Tour someday.”