Despite the refusal of the authorities in charge of the world rankings to grant world points to future LIV tournaments, the dissident circuit continues its efforts to comply with the rules of historic circuits, in particular by organizing a selection event for the next season.
Announced this Thursday, the LIV selection test should allow 3 players to join the very lucrative circuit launched in 2022 by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia. It will take place in 3 stages from December 8 to 10 on the Abu Dhabi Golf Club course.
Friday December 8: Stage 1
The first stage consists of a round of stroke play over 18 holes at the end of which the first 20 and tied advance to the second stage. It is open to players meeting one of the following criteria: – Have been a member of the 2023 Walker Cup or Palmer Cup teams – Winner (1st) or finalist (2nd) of the U.S.
Amateur, the British Amateur, the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship which will take place on October 29, the Latin America Amateur, the European Amateur Championship, the American NCAA University Championship and the last Individual Amateur World Championships – First 15 players among the world amateur top 40 as of November 20, 2023 not otherwise qualified – Top 25 players in the top 40 of the final 2023 International Series rankings not otherwise qualified – 3 players in the top 5 of the Japan Golf Tour, Korean PGA Tour, Sunshine Tour, PGA Tour of Australasia as of November 20 – Tournament winners on the Asian Tour or Korn Ferry Tour in 2023 – 30 players in the top 300 of the TUGR (The Universal Golf Ranking)* as of November 20, 2023 not otherwise qualified – Players invited by LIV Saturday December 9: Stage 2
The second qualifying stage takes place the next day again over 18 holes.
The first 20 and ties from the first stage are joined by players exempt from the first stage meeting one of the following criteria: – The first 2 in the world amateur ranking as of November 20, 2023 – Players ranked 2nd to 8th in the final 2023 International Series rankings – The first 5 players in the top 30 of the final rankings of the DP World Tour and Korn Ferry Tour 2023 – Tournament winners on the PGA TOUR or DP World Tour during the 2022 or 2023 calendar year.
– Ryder Cup or President’s Cup players between 2019 and 2023 – The winners of majors between 2019 and 2023 – The first 15 players in the TUGR top 150 as of November 20, 2023 – Players relegated at the end of the 2023 LIV season – Players invited by LIV A third stage over 36 holes!
Only the first 20 advance to the 3rd round which will take place on the 3rd day (December 10) over 36 holes! The first 3 at the end of these last two rounds will be offered a right to play on the LIV in 2024. They will pocket a substantial amount of $200,000, $150,000 and $100,000.
Players ranked 4th to 10th will benefit from playing rights allowing them to compete in the Asian Tour International Series in 2024. Which French players can claim a place in stage 1 or stage 2?
French Exempt Step 1
The French players meeting the selection criteria for stage 1 are: Paul Barjon (tournament winner on the Korn Ferry Tour in 2023) Romain Langasque, Julien Brun, Julien Guerrier (TGUR top 300 as of October 26 and provided that the players ahead of them in this ranking do not take the 30 places offered) French Exempt Step 2
Victor Perez (DP World Tour top 5 and DP World Tour tournament winner in 2022/2023) Antoine Rozner, Matthieu Pavon (DP World Tour tournament winners in 2022/2023) Romain Langasque, Julien Brun (top 150 of the TGUR as of October 26 and provided that the players ahead of them in this ranking do not take the 15 places offered) $1.5 million minimum
It is therefore a 3-stage rocket which can allow 3 players to secure a nice jackpot since at each LIV tournament over the past two seasons, even the last one in the ranking left with 120,000 dollars.
The 2024 season should offer between 14 and 18 meetings, we'll let you do the math. However, be careful of the backlash in the event of failure in this selection test. Indeed, the simple fact of having aspired to leave the historic circuit to “join up” with the rival circuit could cause some “trouble” for tempted players.
Despite the announcement of a future merger, the divisions between the traditional circuits and that of Greg Norman remain very much alive.