LIV Golf is set to announce at least five new big-name signings following the conclusion of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, Golf Month understands.
The latest recruits have agreed to join when the PGA Tour season ends, and will complete the LIV roster for the 2022 Saudi-backed series. They will make their debut at the LIV Golf Invitational in Boston early next month before the full 14-tournament LIV Golf League announced for 2023 and play the final five events of this season.
While no names have been confirmed, a well-placed source has confirmed that “a good handful” of new player announcements are in the offing.
Open champion and world No.2 Cameron Smith is tipped to be the next big name to join Greg Norman’s flagship operation, with Brisbane-born Smith lamenting the absence of next year’s league, which includes events in Australia. The chance to play at home, it seems, is set to be one of the next big hits.
LIV currently has an all-Australian team, Punch GC, which is a natural home for Smith, one of the best golfers to come from Down Under since Norman himself. Other Aussies have been linked with LIV, with Adam Scott and Marc Leishman reportedly on the radar.
The 2021 Masters champion, an all-Japan team, would be a natural home for another LIV target, Hideki Matsuyama, although the 2021 Masters champion is still considering his options and could still choose to stay on the PGA Tour.
Since its first event in London in June, LIV has rocked the golf world. Major winners such as Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed join the headliners Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson. Now it looks like more star names will join them after next week’s Tour Championship.
The FedEx Cup Playoffs continue this week at the BMW Championship, as the top 70 players on the qualifying list battle it out for next week’s Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. The Tour Championship is limited to the last 30 players, a no-cut event where the higher on the list starts with the best score and the points leader starts 10 under.
Smith has been ruled out of the BMW Championship with a hip injury, although his third place on the qualifying list means he could return for the Tour Championship. The 29-year-old was involved in a lot of drama at the FedEx St. Jude Championship last week, when he was handed a two-stroke penalty for fouling the ball and damaging fan Blake Krassenstein’s phone and thumb. The Aussies have put that right by sending Krassenstein a newly upgraded iPhone.