Dustin Johnson is making headlines for players set to take part in the LIV Golf Series’ first Invitational Event

It’s been nauseatingly debated for the past four months, and on Tuesday, the first course of the LIV Golf Invitational Series was finally announced. Dustin Johnson, the 13th-ranked golfer in the world, leads the line-up for the 48-player, 12-team event at the Centurion Club in London from June 9-11 versus the PGA Tour’s Canadian Open and DP World. Scandinavian mixed tour.

Martin Keimer and Lee Westwood were supposed to be the only ones to feature in the former world number one, but Johnson’s addition came as a huge surprise. The 37-year-old has won 24 times on the PGA Tour – including the 2016 US Open and 2020 Masters – and has been an integral part of the US team in the Presidents Cups and recent Ryder Cups.

Reversing Johnson’s February 20 stance, agent David Winkle said she indicated he was “fully committed” to the PGA Tour. “Dustin has never had a problem with the PGA Tour and is grateful for everything he gave him, but in the end, he felt this was too compelling to miss.”

Other notable names to be played include Louis Oosthuizen (OWGR #20), Kevin Naa (33), Talor Gooch (35) and Sergio Garcia (54). 42 names have been released with five of the remaining locations assigned to players from the Asian Tour and the other presumed to be Phil Mickelson.

Dustin Johnson

13

Louis Oosthuizen

20

Kevin Na

33

Taylor Gotsch

35

Sergio Garcia

54

Pablo Larzabal

65

Richard Bland

66

Matt Jones

68

Sean Norris

69

Sam Horsfield

72

Lee Westwood

74

Rio Kinoshita

87

Ian Poulter

89

Bernd Weisberger

90

Hudson Swafford

90

Oliver Baker

93

Jinichiro Kuzuma

103

Scott Vincent

109

Justin Harding

111

Laurie Kanter

114

Branden Grace

118

Charles Schwarzl

120

Sadom Kaewkanjana

125

Henny de Plessis

128

Phachara Khongwatmai

133

Sihwan Kim

138

JC Ritchie

154

Adrian Otegi

162

Hideto Taniyara

173

Martin Kaymer

210

Jedea Morgan

235

Blake Wind

250

TK Chantananuwat

272

Ormsby Valley

276

Peter Oehlin

319

Graeme McDowell

376

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706

Oliver Fisher

979

Andy Ogletree

1324

Chase Kopka

1543

David Puig

1706

James Peyote

1731

With the names of the PGA Tour and DP World Tour players emerging, one has to wonder what will happen next in terms of potential disciplinary action. The PGA Tour is expected to announce penalties for those who choose to play LIV Golf in the near future with the assumption that participants will face suspension or possibly even a lifetime ban from the PGA Tour.

Not only will the two dominant men’s tours have to define their long-term position, but the four governing bodies responsible for the major tournaments will have to make one of their own. The US Golf Association (USGA) has been thrown into the unenviable position of the US Open from June 16-19, a week after the first LIV Golf Series Invitational was invited, and their decision to include or exclude competitors could have repercussions. .

A few weeks ago, the PGA Tour All player requests rejected For the event sponsored by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. While some believed players would be given waivers for the inaugural tournament, that proved not to be the case, and the DP World Tour quickly followed in the footsteps of the PGA Tour by Giving its members the same ruling.

LIV Golf is run by CEO Greg Norman, and its eight championship series starting in London is set to start with astronomical portfolios: $20 million in individual prizes, plus a $5 million team payout. It is being funded by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, which recently committed an additional $2 billion to fund future iterations of the league which is expected to include more events as this eight-championship series is believed to be just the beginning. The goal is to expand to 10 championships in 2023 and 14 championships in the following two years.

Beyond the simple goal of organizing tournaments is to provide them with some of the best players in the world. The first event in London lacks depth in terms of talent, but how long will it take before a young star like Joaquin Niemann sees Richard Bland win $10 million in just three tournaments and asks himself, “I’m so much better than him, why don’t I play like that?” from money? “

There was a lot of controversy leading up to the first LIV Golf event, but now that the field is set, how will the actual product stack alongside the PGA Tour and DP World Tour?

Ticket prices soared and broadcast distribution hit a snag; The first event will be broadcast on YouTube. If the quality of the gameplay is poor, there may not be much, if any, appeal to the average fan. However, as has been the case for the past 120 days or so, we’ll just have to wait and see our first tee shot to confirm anything else.