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LIV Golf players expected for 2024 PGA Championship field in Kentucky

LIV Golf players expected for 2024 PGA Championship field in Kentucky

Of the 156 golfers in the field for the 2023 PGA Championship last week, 16 played for the LIV Golf League. Eleven players made the weekend cut – including winner Brooks Koepka – and five went on to finish inside the top 20.

With Rochester, New York’s Oak Hill Country Club in the rearview and Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, faintly on the horizon, how many LIV players should we expect to see at the 2024 PGA Championship? As it stands now, not many.

Major championships can change their qualification criteria at their discretion, which golf fans recently witnessed with the USGA-Talor Gooch debacle. For the sake of this exercise, we’re going to assume the PGA of America will use the same 13 qualification criteria (and special invitations) for 2024 as it did for 2023.

Here’s how it shakes out:

Former PGA champions

Phil Mickelson and Koepka have lifetime exemptions, so get used to seeing them.

Winners of the last five U.S. Opens

Bryson DeChambeau won the 2020 U.S Open, making him exempt to the PGA until 2025.

Winners of the last five Masters

Dustin Johnson also won in 2020, so he’s also exempt in the PGA until 2025.

Winners of the last five Open Championships

Cameron Smith is in until the 2027 PGA after his performance last summer at St. Andrews in the Open.

Winners of the last three Players Championships

Smith is also double-dipping with his Players win last spring.

Top 3 on the Official World Golf Ranking International Federation Ranking List

Sihwan Kim, perennially at the bottom of the LIV leaderboards, is currently third on this list via his Asian Tour status. LIV has invested $300 million in the Asian Tour and created its International Series, where a certain number of LIV players are required to compete. Don’t expect more than one player to qualify this way.

The current Senior PGA Champion

Richard Bland, Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood are LIV’s only members of the 50-and-over club, and none will be in the field for this week’s KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, May 24-28, at PGA Frisco in Texas.

The low 15 scorers and ties in the previous PGA Championship

Players could have qualified via this exemption, like club pro Michael Block, but the three who qualified inside the top 15 (Koepka, DeChambeau, Smith), are already qualified for 2024. Just missing out were Patrick Reed (T-18), Mito Pereira (T-18) and Harold Varner III (T-29)

The 20 low scorers in the last PGA Professional Championship

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