2024 PGA Championship: Many LIV golfers receive PGA Championship invitations, with one glaring omission

2024 PGA Championship: Many LIV golfers receive PGA Championship invitations, with one glaring omission

2024 PGA Championship: Many LIV golfers receive PGA Championship invitations, with one glaring omission
The PGA of America on Tuesday officially announced the berths for the 2024 PGA Championship to be held at Valhalla. But LIV golfer Tarah Gooch couldn’t keep the secret. Gooch announced on social media on Monday that he had received the special invitation, saying, “I’m looking forward to Valhalla next week!” Thank you for inviting the PGA. See you there. ”
It turns out Gooch wasn’t the only LIV player to receive a special invite. Not counting golfers already exempt, six LIV golfers received special invitations, including Gooch. The most notable of them is former Masters champion Patrick Reed, who has yet to win a LIV Golf Tour title, although he has been playing in the Saudi-backed league since his second tournament in 2022. However, strong performances on the DP World Tour and major championships have kept Reed within the top 100 of the Official World Golf Rankings.
Dean Burmester, Adrian Melonke, Lucas Herbert and David Puig were also invited. Two of those players, Melonk and Herbert, are also top 100 players in OWGR. Burmester is ranked 130th, but the South African won two DP World Tour events in late 2023, scoring his first LIV win at LIV Miami a week before the Masters. Both Herbert and Puig have finished in the top 10 in four consecutive OWGR sanctioned events.
The most obvious dropout at LIV is Louis Oosthuizen, who has yet to win at LIV but, like the four names above, showed signs of very good golf recently at an OWGR sanctioned event in February. It shows. That same month, the former Open champion finished second in the International Series Oman singles event, won by fellow LIV player Carlos Ortiz, who also did not compete in the PGA Championship. Joaquin Niemann, who finished third in this tournament, is also participating in the PGA Championship (he received a special invitation in March). Other notable LIV golfers who do not use the Valhalla course include Sergio Garcia, Mito Pereira, and Abraham Ancer. To see the complete list of fields

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