LIV Golf begins Year 3 with a 59, a late penalty, new blood, a long playoff and a stage all to itself

LIV Golf begins Year 3 with a 59, a late penalty, new blood, a long playoff and a stage all to itself

With six words, LIV Golf’s Mayakoba champion Joaquin Niemann cut straight to the heart.

“But I’m not in any of the majors,” the Chilean star said of his maiden LIV Golf individual victory.

On a fourth trip down the 18th at the El Camaleon course at Mayakoba, Niemann drained a birdie putt to finally defeat former Masters champion Sergio Garcia and take home $4 million.

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On a fourth trip down the 18th at the El Camaleon course at Mayakoba, Niemann drained a birdie putt to finally defeat former Masters champion Sergio Garcia and take home $4 million.

Firstly, Niemann was a tad wrong. He is in the Open Championship by virtue of winning the DP World Tour’s Australian Open in December, which secured one of three spots in the 152nd edition of golf’s oldest major. It’s also likely that he’ll eventually get into the PGA

I hope [LIV eventually received a pathway to the majors],” Niemann said. “I’m just … ready. I want to win majors, but I’ve got to get in.”

Niemann will have to keep playing events on the Asian Tour, a partner of LIV Golf, to receive OWGR points until golf’s fragmentation is sorted. The PGA Tour this week struck a deal with Strategic Sports Group to create a for-profit entity, but the involvement of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, which finances LIV, is still to be determined. That was an aim of the June 6 framework agreement. Only after the PIF’s involvement with the PGA Tour will LIV have a hope of sending more of its top players, like Niemann and 2023 individual champion, Talor Gooch, to the majors

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