Final four LIV Golf teams announced ahead of 2023 opener
The LIV Golf League announced its last four squad rosters on Monday and Phil Mickelson’s HyFlyers GC will undergo a makeover as the circuit is due to start its second season this week.
Mickelson’s roster has two new members joining Cameron Tringale: three-time PGA Tour winner Brendan Steele and James Piot, who won the 2021 US Amateur and joined LIV Golf after leaving Michigan State last year.
Steele and Piot replace Bernd Wiesberger and Matthew Wolff on Mickelson’s team. As of this year, Wiesberger is part of Martin Kaymer’s Cleeks GC and Wolff is part of Brooks Koepka’s Smash GC.
Bubba Watson’s RangeGoats GC added DP World Tour star Thomas Pieters, who is ranked No. 35 in the world. Watson’s team also includes Harold Varner III and Talor Gooch, who helped the 4Aces win a Team Championship last year. Watson did not play last season while recovering from injury.
Kevin Na’s Iron Heads GC also has two new players: former PGA Tour winner Danny Lee and Scott Vincent, who played for four LIV golf teams last season.
Two-time DP World Tour winner and PGA Tour rookie this season, Dean Burmester is the latest addition to Louis Oosthuizen’s Stinger GC. Each of the four players in the Oosthuizen team hails from South Africa; Branden Grace and 2011 Masters Champion Charl Schwarzel are the others.
The eight other LIV teams were announced earlier this month.
The rosters are fixed ✅#LIVGolf pic.twitter.com/H8zbVEsA5u
— LIV Golf (@livgolf_league) February 21, 2023
Hudson Swafford, who played for Niblicks GC (now RangeGoats GC) for most of last season, announced on Sunday that he will miss the entire second season of LIV Golf with a hip injury. Swafford has won three times on the PGA Tour, including the 2022 American Express.
“I’m dealing with a hip injury that has affected my performance on the pitch,” Swafford wrote in an Instagram post. “Unfortunately, after consulting a specialist, I was advised that my best option for optimal recovery would be surgery.”
The LIV season begins Friday in Mayakoba, Mexico.
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