LIV Golf today confirmed that there are 48 players on the field for the Chicago tournament taking place at Rich Harvest Farms GC this week – and there are just two changes from the Boston tournament two weeks ago.
The big change on the pitch is Henrik Stenson’s return to playing for the Majesticks after the Swede was sidelined due to a bout of vertigo.
This means the return of the Kurdish Shergo to the reserve list.
Stenson won of course on his LIV Golf debut in Bedminster, just days after being sacked as captain of the European 2023 Ryder Cup.
Elsewhere, Spaniard Adrian Otaegui was sent off the field and replaced by his compatriot David Puig.
Despite making his third appearance at this week’s LIV Golf Tour event, Puig will be making his first-ever appearances this week as a professional.
Puig, of Arizona, will now join Torque GC led by Joaquin Neiman, who narrowly lost in a playoff on his debut in Boston.
Sergio Garcia is on the field this week despite withdrawing from the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth after the first round.
He was then seen attending a college football match less than 24 hours later.
According to The Telegraph, Garcia will be fined by the DP World Tour if he fails to provide “medical evidence deemed reasonable” for this withdrawal from the BMW PGA Championship.
It is understood that there will be no more signings for LIV Golf between now and the end of the season.
However, there is a huge rumor circulating on social media today that one of the top 10 countries in the world is about to leave the PGA Tour for LIV Golf.
Leaf Golf Chicago complete teams:
– LIVGolf (LIVGolfInv) September 12, 2022
List of Live Golf Chicago players:
Anser, Abraham – Mexico
Bland, Richard – England
Canter, Laurie – England
Casey, Paul – England
Chakara, Eugenio – Spain
DeShampoo, Bryson – USA
Garcia, Sergio – Spain
Gooch, Taylor – USA
Grace, Branden – South Africa
Horsfield, Sam – England
Howell III, Charles – USA
Johnson, Dustin – USA
Jones, Matt – Australia
Kayukangana, Sodom – Thailand
Kaymer, Martin – Germany
Khongwatmai, Phachara – Thailand
Kim, Sihwan – USA
Copka, Brooks – USA
Copka, Chase – USA
Kokrac, Jason – USA
Lahiri, Anirban – India
Mark Leishman – Australia
McDowell, Graeme – Northern Ireland
Mickelson, Phil – USA
Morgan, Jediah – Australia
Na, Kevin – USA
Niemann, Joaquin – Chile
Norris, Sean – South Africa
Oosthuizen, Louis – South Africa
Ormsby Valley – Australia
Ortiz, Carlos – Mexico
Perez, Pat – USA
Petit, Turk – USA
Peete, James – USA
Poulter, Ian – England
David Puig – Spain
Reed, Patrick – USA
Schwarzel, Charles – South Africa
Smith, Cameron – Australia
Stenson, Henrik – Sweden
Swafford, Hudson – USA
Triangle, Cameron – USA
Ohlin, Peter – USA
Varner III, Harold – USA
Vincent, Scott – Zimbabwe
Westwood, Lee – England
Wiesberger, Bernd – Austria
Wolf, Matthew – USA
Team 4 Aces, led by Boston Leaf Golf Champion Dustin Johnson, are aiming to win their fourth consecutive championship.
The team also consists of Taylor Gooch and Patrick Reed, who finished fourth and tied for fifth in a row at last week’s DP World Tour, and Pat Perez, who had just seen his wife cast a shadow over Nikki Guedish, Patrick Cantlay’s fiancée.
Reed has since told the Times that he found the comments of Rory McIlroy and Billy Hurschel “offensive” in Wentworth.
Johnson, who is looking to become the first player to win back-to-back LIV Golf titles this week, has racked up an incredible $10 million in total prize money from the first four LIV Golf tournaments.
Rich Harvest Farms is located 49 miles from downtown Chicago in Sugar Grove and according to LIV Golf “has become a popular destination for its rich golf tradition and stunning pastoral landscape.”
The venue has hosted the Arnold Palmer Cups, the NCAA Division I men’s and women’s golf tournaments, Western Juniors, Western Amateurs, and the Solheim Cup over the years.
The winner of each LIV Golf tournament takes home $4 million, while team winners split a $3 million pot total.
LIV Golf Chicago marks the fifth tournament for the inaugural eight-event season.
The circuit will then travel to Thailand, Saudi Arabia and finish in Florida in October.
Golf Leaf winners by far:
Centurion: Charles Schwarzl
Portland: Branden Grace
Bedminster: Henrik Stenson
Boston: Dustin Johnson
LIV GOLF team winners so far:
Centurion: Stinger GC – Louis Oosthuizen, Charles Schwarzl, Branden Grace, Henny de Plessis
Portland: 4 Aces GC – Dustin Johnson, Taylor Gotch, Patrick Reed, Pat Perez
Bedminster: 4 Aces GC – Dustin Johnson, Taylor Gotch, Patrick Reed, Pat Perez
Boston: 4 Aces GC – Dustin Johnson, Taylor Gotch, Patrick Reed, Pat Perez