Matthew Wolff and Top Amateur Join LIV Golf Ahead of Second Event

Matthew Wolff is the latest PGA Tour player to depart for the LIV Golf Series.

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The list of professional golfers joining the LIV Golf Series continues this week as Matthew Wolff, Carlos Ortiz and Eugenio Chacarra complete the 48-player field at Pumpkin Ridge.

Wolff is the headlining name of the group, ranked 77th in the world, and once tapped as a future PGA Tour star. That could still come true — it’s unclear how suspensions or future litigation might erupt — but for now Wolff joins the list of players ineligible to compete in PGA Tour events.

The 23-year-old former Tour winner has struggled with poor form in recent years after a rapid rise to world No. 12 at the end of 2020. Wolff had a hugely successful college career at Oklahoma State and quickly gained Tour membership after winning the 2019 3M Open. But in the 20 months since moving to T2 at the 2020 US Open, Wolff has only finished in the top 10 twice. Its membership in the LIV domain was first reported by James Corrigan of The telegraphand confirmed by GOLF.com.

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Ortiz, ranked 119th in the world, is also going through a string of poor finishes, missing eight cups in 19 events this Tour season, with zero top 30s in calendar year 2022. He competed in the Travelers Championship this weekend , shooting 74-77 to miss the cut. Ortiz will join fellow Mexican golfer Abe Ancer in the LIV Series new commitments camp.

They will be joined by Chacarra, who college golf fans would recognize for his recent playoff loss to the NCAA Championship in May. Chacarra was the 2nd ranked amateur in the world before announcing this weekend that his first event as a professional will be the Portland event. Speaking to Spanish golf journalist Hugo Costa, Chacarra said his recruitment at LIV Golf went very quickly which ultimately led to him signing up for two years of events. If he plays well enough to finish in the top 32, he can also compete for a third year of events.

“They give me the opportunity to play two or three years with top professionals and be a millionaire,” Chacarra told Costa. “If someone put those numbers on the table, I wouldn’t hesitate. I respect the critics, there are envious people and people who like to give cane. I’m not worried, I’m not aware of the networks. I just want to work and get better.

Chacarra didn’t give details on how much money he signed, but said it will be “dramatically life-changing for me and my future family.”

Other players who did not participate in the LIV Golf London event, but have since joined Portland are listed below:

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Patrick Roseau

Pat Perez

Brooks Koepka

Abe Ancer

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