Lucas Herbert joins LIV Golf and Cam Smith

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Triple winner on the DP World Tour, winner of the Bermuda Championship on the PGA Tour in 2021, Lucas Herbert joins LIV Golf and the 100% Australian Ripper GC team led by Cameron Smith, victorious at The Open at St Andrews in 2022.

Lucas Herbert, news

While the American Wyndham Clark, winner of the 2023 US Open in Los Angeles, is in very advanced talks to join LIV Golf, Lucas Herbert has made his choice. The three-time winner on the DP World Tour, including the 2020 Dubai Desert Classic, the first Rolex Series of the season this week, will play in 2024 in Cameron Smith’s team, Ripper GC.

The Australian will find, in addition to the winner of The Open 2022, his compatriots Marc Leishman and Matt Jones. Herbert, 28, was not Smith’s first choice, however, as the latter had sought, in vain, to poach two other famous Aussie golfers, Jason Day and Adam Scott.

These two preferred to stay on the PGA Tour… We remind you that the 2024 season of LIV Golf, supported with millions of dollars by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia, will start on February 2 at Mayakoba (Mexico) on the El Camaléon Golf Club before to continue the following week in Las Vegas (Nevada).

LIV Golf, also known as Super Golf League is a professional golf circuit. It was founded in 2022, with the sponsorship of the Public Investment Fund (it is the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia)1. The circuit rivals the PGA Tour (United States) and the DP World Tour (Europe), offering substantially higher prize money.2​3​ The name LIV refers to the total number of holes to be played in each event (54 in Roman numerals, corresponding to 3 rounds of 18 holes), as opposed to the usual 72 holes (4 rounds of 18 holes) in other tours.

Alternatively, 54 is the score obtained by making a birdie on each hole on a par 72 course. In March 2022, LIV Golf CEO, former professional golfer and former world number one Greg Norman, announced the schedule for the first season of the LIV Golf Invitational Series.

This consists of eight tournaments, to be played over a total of 54 holes without a cut. Each tournament will have a field of 48 players, which will be grouped into 12 teams of four players, with simultaneous starts. The total amount of prizes to be distributed amounts to 255 million dollars.

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