The first edition of the LIV Golf Invitational Series came to a close this weekend, but rumors of more top players joining the controversial league have not died down.
The Saudi-backed league aims to strengthen its field for the upcoming season by attracting more top-tier players with big deals and prize money.
In that sense, according to a report by The Guardian, the number 4 in the world, Patrick Cantlay and the number 4 in the world. 6, Xander Schauffele, leading the latest group LIV Golf is targeting.
While LIV Golf Chairman Atul Khosla declined to reveal specific names, he did confirm that they are on track to introduce the 2023 rooster in late November.
Unlike the eight-event format that followed this year, the upcoming LIV Golf season will host 14 events focused on team competitions. Next season, players will compete for $405 million in prize money. This is an escalation of $150 million compared to the $255 million in prize money on offer this season.
Mito Pereira, currently No. 45 in the world ranking, and Thomas Pieters, who is No. 37 in the world ranking, are the two players in the group likely to join LIV Golf. However, Cantlay and Schauffele are the most likely targets and if LIV manages to bring them on board, it would be a huge blow to their rivals, the PGA Tour.
LIV rumors of Cantlay and Xander are really strong in Miami, along with 2 other potential players in the top 20 and others. LIV needs more depth next season and it looks like it’s coming…
LIV Golf is working hard to secure transfer deals for next season
Despite its unique format and compelling player base, coverage of the LIV series has been limited to its own website and YouTube channel. This had a significant impact on the audience. However, the team is now working to secure a television deal for the league and bring on additional sponsors and corporate partners.