The LIV Golf Invitational heads to Rich Harvest Farms in Chicago, the fifth event in the inaugural LIV golf season. And before the event from September 16-18, LIV announced one of the most interesting Athletic Extras So far, one golfer they stole straight from under the PGA Tour: David Puig.
20-year-old David Puig played collegiate golf at Arizona State University but is on the cusp of making his professional debut, reportedly signing a huge contract with LIV Tour of Golf. It came after an impressive amateur golf career that got the golf world thinking he might be the next PGA Tour star.
LIV Golf celebrates snatching David Puig away from the PGA Tour
LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman congratulated Spanish golfer David Puig on joining the LIV Invitational just days before the Chicago Championships:
– Greg Norman (@SharkGregNorman) September 13, 2022
It wasn’t entirely unexpected that David Puig would join LIV but it was still a bit of a shock to some. Puig previously finished third in the European Amateur Championship (2021) and represented Europe in the 2018 Junior Ryder Cup. At Arizona, he won the 2021 Southwestern Invitational, only his fifth college tournament, winning it by scoring a record 9. Then he returned a year later and defended his title. Puig and his ASU teammates also reached the 2022 NCAA Finals before falling to the Longhorns.
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– Ben Hogan Award from PNC Bank (BenHoganAward) March 29, 2022
After all, David Puig received an invitation from the LIV Golf Tour to compete on the Tour’s first course held outside of London. Puig finished 40th at LIV Golf London (+3). He then returned to LIV for the Trump Bedminster Invitational where he finished 42nd (+7).
Despite having a combined +10 in his two LIV Invitational appearances, his rising star as one of the best young golfers in the sport was enough to tempt him to give up his amateur status and start competing for real money on the Tour:
LIV Golf has poached one of the best amateurs in the world.
David Puig, currently ranked 9th in the world, has announced that he is leaving Arizona early to make his professional debut at the $25 million LIV event in Chicago this weekend. pic.twitter.com/spIbR5kk3U
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The world of golf reacts to LIV’s great new signature:
Here’s how the golf world has reacted to the news of David Puig joining LIV and giving up any shot at being a PGA Tour and mainstream golf star:
The next generation … for 48 players that will be talked about for almost all players to participate in each season? lol ok
– Andrew Goldberg (@A_R_Goldberg) September 13, 2022
The glaring issue here is that David Puig isn’t getting a huge contract from the LIV Golf Tour. He’ll have the chance to compete to make money, but we’ve already seen that LIV drops players as they sign bigger names. David Puig almost certainly falls into the world of players who would be dropped due to a big name coming off the PGA Tour.
When you know you can’t beat the best, take the $$. Good for him, buy your mom a house, start an enterprise. Do good with your decision.
– Doug Lawrenson (DLawrenson) September 13, 2022
The poor kid is going to get really sad when new golfers sign him, kick him out, and start his career doing a run of shame to get back on the Korn Ferry Tour.
– Jared (JaredBets) September 13, 2022
“Sports fairs” where his participation also derails his shot at future profits in golf:
Some athletes give up their first year in professional sports.
He is giving up his first year and professional sports for show sports. 👏🏻
– Jeff Valois (@jeffvalois) September 12, 2022
It’s great to see LIV Golf and Greg Norman go after a younger golfer like this with so many upsides. However, he was not really able to build any level of stardom before joining. And should he join the LIV Golf Invitational and start winning in all of them. Not connected. The event…is this really a good look for the tour and the big names they’ve already got?
This is exactly how to make the 54Golf viable in the future. Immediately acquire young talent and throttle the supply of PGAT. Brilliant move by Shark to search for young talent recruitment.
– Ed Barrett (@wadster13) September 13, 2022
Who will be LIV Golf’s next “leading” star? Not John Ram
After all of this, rumors started swirling that Jon Ram would be jumping to the LIV from the PGA Tour. Ram himself took to Twitter to Completely shut off the troll And crush those rumors before they start to spread far.
This came after a report surfaced that it was LIV Golf described as “highly toxic” and approved by a potential media partner that would have helped raise the profile of the tour. It’s a great week for LIV with an invite in Chicago. Superstar Bryson Dechambeau was out Throwing the first ceremonial pitch Before the Chicago White Sox game.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again until something changes: Unless LIV Golf signs a TV contract and gets out of YouTube, they won’t catch up with the average golf enthusiast. Every time I play golf with the old gentlemen from my course they don’t even know how to watch LIV, they are the guys who watch golf…
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