LIV players aim for Masters via Asian Open

Twenty-one out of the current fifty-four players from the LIV Golf will participate in the International Series Oman from February 22nd to 25th, desperately seeking points to try to break into the top fifty of the world ranking

by Andrea Gussoni
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LIV players aim for Masters via Asian Open
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Twenty-one out of the current fifty-four players from the LIV Golf will participate in the International Series Oman from February 22nd to 25th, desperately seeking points to try to break into the top fifty of the world rankings and secure a spot for The Masters, the first Major of 2024 scheduled in Georgia, USA, from April 11th to 14th.

In Muscat, on the Al Mouj Golf course, only three of these players are currently in the Top 100: Australian Lucas Herbert (80th), Chilean Joaquin Niemann (81st), and South African Dean Burmester (95th). Both Niemann and Burmester are already guaranteed to participate in The Open in Scotland from July 18th to 21st, thanks to the passes obtained in the December 2023 Qualifying Series.

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Furthermore, Niemann ended last year with a victory on the DP World Tour at the Australian Open and started 2024 with a remarkable performance in Mexico at the LIV Golf Mayakoba. Buoyed by these results, Niemann dreams of another triumph in Oman to enhance his chances for The Masters.

Alongside them in Muscat will be players like Louis Oosthuizen (Major champion), David Puig (fresh from his comeback victory in the Malaysian Open, the first event of the Asian Tour 2024), Mito Pereira, Abraham Ancer, Eugenio Chacarra, Sebastian Munoz, Carlos Ortiz, and Matthew Wolff.

In the field, defending the Italian colors, is Stefano Mazzoli. The lone Italian in the competition, the 27-year-old from Segrate finished 31st in Malaysia last week. Now in Oman, he is poised to challenge many LIV Golf protagonists, whose tournaments are not yet recognized by the world rankings.

The genesis of a potential rival to the PGA Tour emerged in 2019 with the unveiling of plans for the Premier Golf League. This initiative prompted a response from PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan, who suggested that players opting for the new league might face exclusion from PGA Tour competitions.

Subsequently, in 2020, the PGA European Tour and the PGA Tour forged a "strategic alliance" aimed at collaborating on various fronts, including commercial ventures, scheduling, and prize distributions. The Premier Golf League engaged in discussions with Saudi investors regarding financial backing.

However, Golf Saudi, a subsidiary of the Public Investment Fund, opted to finance a separate venture in 2020 with its own vision for establishing a global professional league, often dubbed the "Super Golf League." This endeavor officially debuted in October 2021 under the banner of LIV Golf Investments, with former professional golfer Greg Norman assuming the role of CEO.

LIV Golf has frequently been likened to the footballing equivalent of the now-defunct European Super League due to its breakaway nature.

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