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LIV Golf 2023 offseason features free agency, trades and more

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Pat Perez of the 4 Aces celebrates a birdie putt on the 12th hole during day three of LIV Golf Adelaide at The Grange Golf Course on April 23, 2023 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images)

The players in free agency will be comprised of those who didn’t re-sign with their current teams from the top 24, as well as the players with expiring contracts who finished Nos. 25-44 in the season-long standings, known as the Open Zone. Those players can either re-sign with their previous team or negotiate with another team that has a free spot on its roster.

Once again, there are just five players from the Open Zone who currently don’t have a contract for 2024: Pat Perez (28th, 4Aces GC), David Puig (31st, Torque GC), Matt Jones (37th, Ripper GC), Bernd Wiesberger (41st, Cleeks GC) and Graeme McDowell (42nd, Cleeks GC).

If a team decides not to re-sign an Open Zone player, they will create a free roster spot and can fill it by:

  • Signing a top 24 player who entered free agency
  • Signing an Open Zone player whose contract expired
  • Signing or trading for a player contracted with a different team
  • Signing an external player who was not a regular member of any 2023 LIV Golf team roster

LIV has minimum criteria for new players “to ensure the competitive integrity of the league,” and teams can’t recruit players under contract with another team without permission from that player’s current team. In other words: no tampering.

Free agency is flexible in its first year and currently doesn’t have fixed start/stop dates. The period will end when just four league roster spots remain. These spots are reserved for the winner of The International Series Rankings and the top three finishers from LIV Golf Promotions.


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