The LIV Golf League is introducing a switch window it says is the primary in skilled golf, permitting groups to commerce gamers in midseason and prolong contracts to golfers within the closing yr of their offers.
The precise dates of the midseason commerce window weren’t revealed in LIV Golf’s announcement Wednesday.
Based on the circuit, the primary part of LIV Golf’s offseason participant motion is already underway. The highest 24 gamers within the season-long particular person factors standings are assured a possibility to compete within the league subsequent season.
Gamers within the “lock zone” with expiring contracts are provided a minimal one-year deal to stay with their present groups. That group contains Peter Uihlein (4Aces GC), Anirban Lahiri (Crushers GC), Carlos Ortiz (Fireballs GC), Richard Bland (Cleeks GC) and Scott Vincent (Iron Heads GC). These gamers do not should re-sign with their present groups and may change into free brokers.
As soon as free company opens, groups can add any of the highest 24 gamers who did not re-sign with their present groups in addition to gamers who completed twenty fifth to forty fourth within the particular person factors standings and have expiring contracts. Gamers within the “open zone” with expiring offers aren’t required to re-sign with their present groups, and their groups aren’t required to convey them again.
In the course of the free company interval, groups with open roster spots may also commerce for a participant from one other workforce — LIV Golf does not enable squads to recruit golfers from one other workforce with out permission — or add a golfer who did not compete on the circuit in 2023 so long as he meets the minimal standards established by LIV Golf.
Free company ends when there are solely 4 roster spots remaining for 2024. These openings shall be crammed by the highest three finishers from the LIV Golf Promotions event and the highest finisher within the Worldwide Sequence rankings on the Asian Tour.
Former Georgia Tech star Andy Ogletree, the 2019 U.S. Novice champion, has a large lead within the Worldwide Sequence standings. He competed within the inaugural LIV Golf event outdoors London in June 2022, completed final and hasn’t competed in one other LIV Golf occasion.
The LIV Golf Promotions event shall be performed Dec. 8-10 at Abu Dhabi Golf Membership within the United Arab Emirates. The 72-hole occasion over three days will supply $1.5 million in prize cash. Gamers who completed forty fifth or worse within the 2023 factors standings and people within the open zone who weren’t provided contracts for 2024 can compete within the event. The highest three finishers will earn a roster spot and exemption into every of the 14 LIV Golf League occasions in 2024.
Following the promotions event, the circuit will conduct a draft for groups to pick out amongst these 4 gamers.
After LIV Golf’s inaugural season in 2022, there was some participant motion that occurred via free company. Talor Gooch, who received the 2023 particular person factors championships, moved from 4Aces GC to Vary Goats GC. Uihlein jumped from Smash GC to switch Gooch on the 4Aces.
Former PGA Tour winner Matthew Wolff additionally moved from captain Phil Mickelson‘s HyFlyers GC to Brooks Koepka‘s Smash GC. Wolff does not determine to return to Smash GC after Koepka blasted his dedication all through the season.
LIV Golf added 5 gamers from the PGA Tour earlier than the 2023 season: Dean Burmester, Danny Lee, Mito Pereira, Sebastian Munoz and Brendan Steele. Former Ryder Cup competitor Thomas Pieters, who performed on the DP World Tour, made the soar too.