Next week, LIV Golf will finally release its 2023 league line-up with Mito Pereira, a young Chilean visiting so close to winning his first major last year – is expected among the latest signings.
The Saudi funded circuit will resume next month and the £20m tournament in Mexico will open a 14-event season with 48 players competing for a total prize pool of over £330m.
The golf world has been waiting to see who will join Cameron Smith, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson on the loose which irrevocably changed the complexion of the elite end of the male game. LIV originally indicated that they would release the talent list at the end of November, but then moved it to the end of December.
However, the Saudi Arabian Sovereign Wealth Fund-funded venture has endured a tumultuous close season as Dustin Johnson finished season 1 with his winnings to over $36 million. [£29.63m] at the Trump Doral in November.
Greg Norman, CEO, saw COO Atul Khosla leave in circumstances that remain unclear and also lost another member of its management team, franchise director Matt Goodman.
A management overhaul has resulted in delays, but insiders told Telegraph Sport that LIV ready to cause more waves and it will be intriguing to find out who else they have convinced to seduce with gigantic registration fees.
The capture of Pereira did not come as a surprise. The world No. 44, who painfully doubled last May’s USPGA No. 18 to miss out on the playoffs ultimately won by Justin Thomas, is a close friend of compatriot Joaquin Niemann, the No. 22 ranked player who moved to Last year.
Some may scoff at the importance of Pereira’s departure, but he played in the Presidents’ Cup in November and is a promising player. His presence will further bolster the LIV’s Latino contingent as Mexicans Abraham Unser and Carlos Ortiz, both PGA Tour winners, have already solidified.
However, LIV is under pressure to get another big name. World No. 4 Patrick Cantley keeps the door ajar all the time, but seems to be sticking with the traditionalists at the moment, while Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama remains the main target. There is also a small issue related to the TV deal that needs to be fixed. It is central to the LIV’s second-year ambitions.
The ever-decreasing rumor mill has only been intensified by reports from US Golf Week that revealed that Americans Cameron Young and Cameron Champ and Australian Lucas Herbert have been cleared by the PGA Tour to play in the Saudi international tournament. in three weeks.
The event is also funded by the State Investment Fund and just six months ago, Young, the world No. 17 runner-up at The Open, admitted he was tempted to join LIV. After a short break, the production of golf clubs resumed.