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First LIV-drafted participant bails on league, rejoins DP World Tour


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Bernd Wiesberger was chosen No. 1 on the first LIV Golf Draft.

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“Let’s begin the clock,” went the host. “Graeme McDowell that is your flip to make LIV Golf historical past as the primary captain’s choose…”

It was June 7, 2022 and that host was Shane O’Donoghue, up on stage on the LIV Golf Draft in London. It was McDowell’s flip to make historical past, certain, however it was Bernd Wiesberger’s second, as he grew to become the No. 1 total choose within the first (and solely) LIV Golf Draft. Wiesberger trotted up on stage whereas O’Donoghue stated, “Welcome aboard, Bernd. You’re the first ever draft choose in LIV Golf historical past.” 

His response: “Yeah,” shrugging his arms out to the aspect and exiting stage left. Seventeen months later, that tepid response feels moderately becoming. Wiesberger has moved on from LIV Golf. 

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The DP World Tour introduced Thursday that Wiesberger has been reinstated as a member of that tour, after fulfilling the varied sanctions waged in opposition to him because of his earlier LIV commitments. He intends to play a full schedule on the DP World Tour in 2024, now changing into the primary LIV golfer to have full-time standing on the rival tour and pivot his gaze elsewhere as soon as once more. He completed the 2023 LIV season at No. 41 within the standings, which made him a free agent. Had any LIV groups expressed curiosity in signing Wiesberger? It will seem not. Wiesberger is ranked No. 271 on this planet by DataGolf.

Again throughout the tense summer season of 2022, Wiesberger had not resigned his DP World Tour membership. Some LIV professionals did, others didn’t. It wasn’t clear on the time what the worth of it is likely to be if their future was dedicated to LIV. However now that worth is beginning to present itself.

Holding onto that membership however enjoying in conflicting occasions, Wiesberger incurred suspensions and fines for every of the 22 occasions he performed. And whereas he made greater than $4 million in his two years at LIV, the fines and suspensions added up. In accordance with numerous experiences, LIV Golf meant to pay fines for its gamers, which for Wiesberger and his 22 LIV begins would have tallied as much as $1.65 million. 

However now? All good. In accordance with the DP World Tour, all is paid up, each on the monetary entrance and the match suspensions, and Wiesberger will start the DP World Tour season in Dubai in January. “I’m blissful to announce that my focus for subsequent yr shall be totally on the DP World Tour,” he stated in an announcement of his personal. 

It’s seemingly that Wiesberger received’t be alone on this division. Numerous LIV Golfers have been made free brokers in October once they didn’t end within the prime 24 within the standings. Up to now, LIV is a largely closed store the place, for each participant that joins, one other should depart, till the league expands. If the DP World Tour turns into a touchdown spot for them, their standing might very effectively depend upon what they did with their membership again in June 2022.

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