How LIV Golfers Perform – NBC Bay Area
The first major tournament of the LIV Golf era was one to forget for players in the controversial breakaway league.
Of the 14 LIV golfers who took part in the US Open last month, only four made it through: Dustin Johnson, Richard Bland, Patrick Reed and Bryson DeChambeau. And Johnson, who tied for 24th at 4 over, had the best result of four at the Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.
The LIV Golf circuit had 10 more participants at The Open Championship 2022 than at the US Open, with Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Brooks Koepka headlining the 24-man squad in Scotland.
So, across two rounds at St Andrews’ Old Course, how are the players of the rival PGA Tour series faring?
Which LIV golfers made the cut at the 2022 Open Championship?
The Open Championship is going better for LIV golfers overall than the US Open. After around 28% of LIV Golf’s field made the US Open, the series saw 11 of 24 players (around 45%) make it to the British Open weekend.
Not only has a larger LIV Golf contingent made the cut, but a few players are even within striking distance of first place. Dustin Johnson again leads all LIV golfers at 9 under, which is good for fifth overall and four strokes behind first place Cameron Smith. Talor Gooch, meanwhile, is six strokes down at 7 under, tied with Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay and Sahith Theegala for eighth. Sadom Kaewkanjana (6 under), Abraham Ancer (5 under) and Lee Westwood (5 under) give LIV Golf a total of five players in the top 25 in the rankings.
Other LIV golfers who have made the same cut are Patrick Reed (4 under), Sergio Garcia (3 under), Ian Poulter (3 under), Laurie Canter (2 under), Paul Casey (1 under) and Bryson DeChambeau ( 1-minus).
The 11 LIV golfers who made the cut posted an average score of 4.18 under, which is almost identical to the average score of the other 72 golfers remaining on the course (4.16 under).
Which LIV golfers missed the cut at The Open Championship 2022?
Justin Harding, Scott Vincent and 2010 British Open winner Louis Oosthuizen all finished one stroke below the cut line at 1-over. Phil Mickelson, another former Claret Jug winner, was also among 13 LIV golfers who failed to qualify for the weekend. Mickelson, 52, even went through 18 holes before shooting a 5 of 77 in the second round.
In his first major since defecting to LIV Golf, Brooks Koepka came out after two rounds with a score of 4-over. With the early release, Koepka had an eight-year streak with at least one top 10 in a major that ended (a fact that was hilarious by the PGA Tour Communications Department on Twitter).
Richard Bland (over 2), Shaun Norris (over 3), Kevin Na (over 4), Bernd Wiesberger (over 4), Sihwan Kim (over 5), Sam Horsfield (over 8), Jediah Morgan (11-over) and Pablo Larrazábal (12-over) are the other LIV golfers who returned early.