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Pat Perez among 5 pros out of contract and in danger of losing LIV Golf status

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The LIV Golf off-season is underway. The off-season will include a transfer window, free agency, trades and a draft between now and the start of the 2024 season.

Phase 1: Top 24 contract extensions. These players include Peter Uihlein (12th, 4Aces GC), Anirban Lahiri (13th, Crushers GC), Carlos Ortiz (15th, Fireballs GC), Richard Bland (20th, Cleeks GC) and Scott Vincent (22nd, Iron Heads GC). If a player in this group decides not to accept the offer from his current team, he will become a free agent and may be signed by another team with an open roster spot.

Phase 2: Free Agency In addition to any Top 24 players who opt to become free agents, players who finished 25th to 44th (Open Zone) whose contracts also expire at the end of 2023 are free agents. These players may be re-signed by their previous team or can negotiate a contract with another team that has an open roster spot.

Phase 3: LIV Golf Promotions event at Abu Dhabi Golf Club (Dec 8-10). The top three performers will earn a LIV Golf contract for 2024.

Trades and the Draft: Throughout the offseason, teams may trade players from their current rosters, providing the trade is approved by both teams. To support opportunities for teams to strengthen their rosters once the season has begun, a mid-season trading window will take place in 2024 (exact dates to be announced) where teams and players will be free to negotiate trades as well as extensions to their existing contracts if a player is in the last year of his contract.   Following LIV Golf Promotions, the league will host the LIV Golf Draft through which the winner of The International Series Rankings and the top three finishers in LIV Golf Promotions will be drafted onto the remaining teams that have an open spot on their roster.

Some big-name players including Pat Perez, Graeme McDowell, David Puig, Matt Jones and Bernd Wiesberger could potentially be at risk of losing their LIV Golf spots as the transfer window gets underway. These players finished in the “Open Zone” (25th-44th) and will need to be re-signed by their current teams or picked up by another team to secure a LIV spot. Therefore, their LIV future is uncertain.

Perez, who has been very vocal in his love for LIV Golf since joining the tour back in 2022, has struggled mightily with his game. McDowell, who has also failed to perform at his best on the tour, had this to say back in September:

“I feel like I’ve been a good spokesman for the league and a good ambassador for the tour and hopefully there is a captain that wants me on his team.”

Of the five, Spaniard David Puig’s spot seems to be the most secure. Puig finished the season strong and won the International Series Singapore on the Asian Tour by five strokes in October. At just 22 years old, the former ASU Sun Devil is one of LIV’s few potential rising stars.

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Owner of TGL San Francisco reveals approximate price he paid for team

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Avenue Capital Group CEO, Marc Lasry, partnered with NBA superstar Stephen Curry to buy the TGL San Francisco team. This week, Lasry appeared on CNBC’s “Closing Bell” and discussed his new business venture.

The billionaire stated he thinks “it’s got the possibility of being something huge,” and also disclosed the general amount that he paid for the TGL team.

“I can say it was less than $100 million and it was more than $25 [million].”

Lasry added what value he believes TGL brings to the golf world.

“What we’re trying to do is make golf available for people to watch over two hours. Do it in primetime. Do it where it’s virtual so you’re going to see the players hit the ball right away.”

“I think one of the problems people have with golf, unless you’re a huge golf fan, is it takes too long. So what we’re trying to do is have a league where everything is going to happen within two hours.”

The league is set to debut on January 9th on ESPN.

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‘Couldn’t figure out what the hell was going on’ – Tiger takes swipe at LIV Golf

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On Tuesday, TGL announced that Tiger Woods would be a part owner and player for Jupiter Links GC.

In a press conference Tuesday, Woods told the Associated Press that, “Having the opportunity to not only compete, but also own a team to represent Jupiter is an exciting next chapter for me.”

Tiger also took a shot at LIV while attempting to explain the differences in each league’s team format.

“Some of the stuff I’ve seen in LIV … I couldn’t figure out what the hell was going on. 

Here it’s very simple.”

With an ownership stake in TGL and his previous comments about LIV, it’s no surprise that Woods is speaking out against what may be viewed as a direct competitor to TGL.

The two-hour matches will begin on January 9th on ESPN.

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‘They are terrible’ – Major champ rips PGA Tour’s signature events

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Last week, while speaking with Golfweek, Lucas Glover was highly critical of the new “signature events” on the PGA Tour, calling them “terrible”.

Glover originally spoke out against the events prior to closing the season on a scorching hot run, winning two events. The wins elevated the veteran into the events next season, but that hasn’t changed his opinion on them.

“No, still think they’re terrible. Glad I’m in them, but it’s terrible. I said that when I wasn’t in them. I don’t think it needs to be divided like it is. I mean, it’s basically two tours, and there’s no reason those fields shouldn’t be bigger.

The ironic one to me is the Players at 144 guys is the signature event of the PGA Tour with a cut and 144 guys. So yeah, I thought they were terrible when they announced them, I think they are terrible now.”

The Signature events will most likely be a 70-player field with five of the eight being no-cut events.

1. The Sentry, Plantation Course at Kapalua (Jan. 4-7): No-Cut

2. AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Pebble Beach Golf Links (Feb. 1-4): No-Cut

3. The Genesis Invitational, Riviera Country Club (Feb. 15-18)

4. Arnold Palmer Invitational, Bay Hill Club & Lodge (Mar. 7-10)

5. RBC Heritage, Harbour Town Golf Links (Apr. 18-21): No-Cut

6. Wells Fargo Championship, Quail Hollow Country Club (May 6-12): No-Cut

7. The Memorial Tournament, Muirfield Village Golf Club (Jun. 3-9)

8. Travelers Championship, TPC River Highlands (Jun. 17-23): No-Cut

Glover also was critical of PGA Tour commissioner, Jay Monahan. When Golfweek asked, “Has Jay Monahan and the PGA Tour brass done anything since June 6 to restore your trust in them?”

Glover simply replied, “No”.

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