Charl Schwartzel celebrates as golf’s power struggle deepens

Charl Schwartzel celebrates as golf’s power struggle deepens

Charl Schwartzel celebrates as golf’s power struggle deepens

South African golfer Charl Schwartzel kisses the trophy during the podium ceremony after winning at the end of the third and final day of the LIV Golf Invitational Series event at The Centurion Club in St Albans, north of London, on June 11, 2022 – AFP

  • Schwartzel wins the inaugural LIV Golf series.
  • Mickelson and Johnson were also a part of it.
  • The tournament was organized by Norman and financed by Saudi Arabia.

The first tournament of the rebel LIV Golf series was won by Charl Schwartzel, bringing to a close one of the most dramatic weeks in the history of a sport currently in upheaval.

The breakaway circuit, organized by former world number one Greg Norman and financed by Saudi Arabia’s national wealth fund, is now a real and present danger to conventional golf tours.

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Six-time major winner Phil Mickelson and two-time major winner Dustin Johnson were among the stars of the inaugural tournament outside of London, which concluded on Saturday.

The 48-man field also included Schwartzel, Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, and Louis Oosthuizen, all of whom had won major championships.

During the ceremony at the Centurion Club in St. Albans, the organizers announced the signings of Bryson DeChambeau, the 2020 US Open champion, and Patrick Reed, a past Masters champion.


Organizers have pledged to “supercharge” golf by introducing 54-hole championships with no cut, simultaneous “shotgun starts,” and a team component.

On Thursday, play began but was swiftly overshadowed by a harsh statement from the US PGA Tour barring dissident golfers who had not been granted permission to participate in the LIV tournament.

Ten of the seventeen listed members have already resigned.

Read more: Greg Norman confident LIV Golf Invitational Series will be a success

Reed and Bryson DeChambeau are scheduled to compete in the LIV event in Oregon at the end of the month, and PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan stated that players who appear in future LIV events will face the “similar consequences.”

Prior to the inaugural competition, it was unclear who would be participating.


Norman has previously stated that the tournament did not require the greatest names to be an instant success, claiming that it could serve as a platform for rising stars.

But the Australian was able to attract enough big names to get the attention of the sport’s power movers, and he now has nine major victories on his resume.

Several prominent players, notably Johnson and DeChambeau, have previously sworn their devotion to the PGA Tour before making U-turns.

Others remain faithful — at least for the time being.

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Four-time major champion Rory McIlroy, who is presently competing in the PGA Tour’s Canadian Open, stated that Monahan “did the right thing” by merely enforcing membership requirements.

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