2022 was an enormous 12 months for the sport of golf, however particularly for LIV Golf. Whereas the league was formally launched in 2021, it wasn’t till this 12 months that they actually picked up steam. The extremely controversial golf league started to get a bit of extra consideration, however with that got here much more hostility, too.
Maybe essentially the most irreparable harm was performed this 12 months. The PGA Tour and lots of of its gamers have a robust disdain for LIV and anybody concerned in it. It created feuds between gamers and even created a boiling feud between Rory McIlroy and the CEO of LIV Golf Greg Norman.
Quite a lot of the 12 months was nonetheless good, although. They managed to nab quite a lot of standard and proficient golfers away from the PGA Tour:
- Bryson DeChambeau
- Sergio Garcia
- Talor Gooch
- Dustin Johnson
- Brooks Koepka
- Phil Mickelson
- Louis Oosthuizen
- Pat Perez
- Ian Poulter
- Patrick Reed
- Cameron Smith
- Bubba Watson
- Lee Westwood
Phil Mickelson, arguably one of the beloved and standard golfers on the PGA Tour, had no drawback defecting.
Cameron Smith was ranked No.3 within the OWGR and by transitioning, he successfully misplaced any shot at attending to the highest spot. The OWGR would not depend any LIV Golf occasions, so it is almost not possible for them to maneuver up on the leaderboard.
Highlights for LIV Golf in 2022
The league even started talks about internet hosting its personal majors sooner or later. If the OWGR would not acknowledge them and the PGA Tour would not invite their gamers, LIV mentioned it will take issues into its personal fingers.
This exhibits each their endurance and their willingness to supply for his or her gamers, which is able to assist them get extra golfers sooner or later.
There have been rumors of a tv deal this 12 months. Whereas an official deal is but to materialize, the easy reality that they are within the combine for one is an enormous occasion.
A number of occasions have been held by LIV Golf this 12 months and the winners have come away with unimaginable prize purses.
It routinely confirmed the monetary energy LIV has and the widening hole between their cash and the PGA Tour, which might solely assist them sooner or later.
They hosted the first-ever group championship this 12 months. The PGA Tour would not have any official group occasions, so this was an enormous accomplishment and will endlessly change the sport of golf.
Many golfers admitted that they had been far happier taking part in on the LIV Golf tour than the PGA Tour, one other big win for LIV on this unending battle.
The league has formally arrange a 14-event schedule for subsequent season, a brand new schedule that features Australia. All of that is implausible for LIV.
In maybe the most important win, LIV Golf was type of formally acknowledged by the Masters. The golf match admitted that they hated the divide within the sport, however refused to embroil themselves in it. Because of this, will probably be one of many solely majors which have LIV members concerned, one other huge win in 2022.