The US PGA invites 7 players from the LIV

One notable absence this year is Rikuya Hoshino, ranked 94th in the world, who withdrew from the tournament last minute

by Andrea Gussoni
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The US PGA invites 7 players from the LIV
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The 2023 PGA Championship, scheduled for May 16-19 at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, is shaping up to be one of the year’s premier golfing events. This year’s tournament will feature a near-complete lineup of the world's top 100 players, with 99 confirmed, including the iconic Tiger Woods.

The field is set against the backdrop of the majestic course of Valhalla, where legends have been made and golf history written.

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One notable absence this year is Rikuya Hoshino, ranked 94th in the world, who withdrew from the tournament last minute.

Despite this, the PGA of America strives to maintain the championship's reputation by gathering the highest-ranked players, although this is not an official criterion for the event. This year’s championship is notable for including seven players from LIV Golf, which is funded by Saudi Arabia.

This integration highlights a significant acknowledgment of the players who have joined the new tour. Among them are Patrick Reed, whose 12th-place finish at the Masters secured his spot, maintaining his streak of participating in every major since 2014.

Joaquín Niemann, who claimed victory at the Australian Open in December and has two LIV Golf wins this year, has also received an invite. Another unexpected invite went to Talor Gooch, who announced his invitation on social media.

This indicates that the PGA of America’s selection committee is independently considering LIV Golf results, as Gooch has played predominantly outside the traditional circuits, securing three LIV wins in 2023. Additional special invitations were extended to Dean Burmester, Lucas Herbert, and Adrian Meronk, all within the world’s top 100, and to David Puig, a promising 22-year-old Spaniard ranked 106th.

Puig has shown exceptional form on the Asian Tour, finishing in the top ten in six of his last seven tournaments, including two victories. The defending champion, Brooks Koepka, is set to return, aiming for his fourth PGA Championship title.

Also returning is PGA professional Michael Block, who qualified by finishing in the top 15 at last year's championship at Oak Hill. The PGA Championship at Valhalla promises not only a showcase of top talent but also reflects the evolving landscape of professional golf, bridging traditional and emerging tours.

With historical moments from golf giants like Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, Valhalla is set to add another thrilling chapter to its storied legacy in this year’s championship.

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