LIV Golf will reportedly allow player trades via a transfer window in 2024, as it continues to focus on the League’s team aspect.
Per Sports Illustrated, the initial plan had been to introduce transfers for its 12 four-player teams from the outset but the idea took a back seat while more of the critical aspects of launching a new circuit were handled. However, according to the report, that is set to change next year, with the introduction of player trading, similar to other sports, including baseball and soccer.
The 2023 season has seen the team element of LIV Golf become more prominent and to that end, team captains have been encouraged to build their franchises as LIV Golf ultimately seeks to become profitable.
As in other team sports, a crucial factor is an ability to transfer players between teams, and it appears that is the next piece of the puzzle being put in place for LIV Golf.
There was some trading of players after the inaugural season, but that was between free agents, with Talor Gooch transferring from 4 Aces GC to Range Goats GC and Peter Uihlen leaving Brooks Koepka’s Smash GC to take his place. Matthew Wolff then headed to Smash GC to fill the gap left by Uihlein.
However, Wolff’s move has apparently turned sour because of a poor relationship with Koepka. Indeed, a report in May suggested he was “no longer a member” of the team, although he has since continued to play for it.
The ability of teams to trade players would solve such issues, as Bubba Watson explained to Sports Illustrated. The Range Goats GC captain said: “It’s gonna be a reason of not getting along. This guy can help us or I’m buddies with this guy, or all the team’s friends with this guy.”
Crushers GC captain Bryson DeChambeau also commented, saying: “I can’t speak for everyone, but what I can say is that if it comes time to where someone’s not performing well, and it’s been enough time to try and get given that opportunity to play well and it’s not been done, I will make a decision based on that.”
As to why players would be traded, aside from issues including personality clashes, DeChambeau explained: “It’d be money and an opportunity to be a part of something…