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Top LIV golfers invited to PGA Championship

The PGA Championship returns next week to Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, with golfers from the Saudi-funded LIV Golf bringing the tournament 99 of the top 100 ranked golfers in the world.

The PGA consistently seeks to field the 100 best golfers in the world to maintain its reputation as the toughest of all golf leagues in the world.

Rikuya Hoshino, ranked 94th in the world, ended the possibility of all the top 100 players competing when he withdrew his name for unknown reasons on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.

LIV Golf will be represented in the tournament by 16 players, a slight decrease from the 18 players who participated in last year’s event. Of those sixteen, seven are currently among the top 100 golfers in the world.

A notable absence among LIV golfers is British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, who cannot participate due to personal commitments, according to AP.

LIV Golf’s most notable invitee is Brooks Koepka, who won the 2023 PGA Championship and is the only active LIV golfer to win a major championship, according to AP.

Koepka enters the tournament as the 37th ranked golfer in the world and will attempt to win his fourth career PGA Championship.

The list of invited LIV golfers also includes Jon Rahm, Tyrrell Hatton, Cameron Smith, Adrian Meronk, Lucas Herbert, Joaquín Niemann, Patrick Reed, Dean Burmester, Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson, Martin Kaymer, Phil Mickelson, Andy Ogletree and David Puig . , according to Golfweek.

One of the biggest surprises of all the invited players was Talor Gooch, who Posted on X and said: “Looking forward to Valhalla next week! Thanks for the invite @PGA See you soon.”

Gooch is currently the 644th ranked golfer in the world, but he has won three LIV tournaments since joining the tour in 2022 and was the competition’s individual champion in 2023, according to The Athletic.

This is the fourth time Valhalla Golf Club has hosted the PGA Championship. Rory McIlroy won the tournament the last time the event was held on the course in 2014, shooting 16 under par.

The total purse for the PGA Championship is $17.5 million, with the winner of the tournament receiving a total of $3.15 million, according to The Courier-Journal.

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