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Did John Catlin's Asian Tour heartbreak just shatter his LIV Golf dreams for good?

John Catlin has been one of the latest sensations in LIV Golf. However, he is not a regular player with a contract. This reserved player got a chance to shine when he was substituted in place of Charles Howell III upon the latter’s injury. Although Catlin will be playing at the LIV Golf Andalucia but for how long will not be a permanent member of the LIV roster? This young talent requires a spot in LIV Golf, and here is what you need to know about his chances at that.

3. Where does John Catlin stand in the International Series?

LIV Golf’s criteria promise a direct spot to any golfer who tops the season-long Order of Merit. Until recently, John Catlin was ranking 2nd on the list; however, after his Morocco performance, the golfer has proceeded to climb up to the top spot. With a sudden increase in his points, Catlin has not only surpassed Carlos Ortiz after his recent play, but he has also made a new point difference of 186 between them.

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The golfer has previously won the title of the International Series Macau. He won in a playoff against David Puig. This was also the event where he shot 59 to become the first man to shoot so low on the Asian Tour. However, even though he is sitting at the top of the list, there are more events left to decide his fate.

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2. How many international series have been played so far?

According to the National Club Golfer, the International Series will have 8 events this year. Out of which, three have already been concluded. The rest of the five that remain will be held in Foxhills, England; Jakarta, Indonesia; Hong Kong, China; Doha, Qatar; and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Thus, even though John Catlin has been able to climb up on top, he has to retain his position by performing well in all the remaining games in the series.

Catlin, however, is extremely motivated towards winning and faring well in the International Series. He has previously pointed out how the whole series is his priority at the moment. He reflected, “It (the international series) is definitely priority one for me now. Having experienced the LIV Golf events, they are really cool. We are very well looked after, and playing that caliber of field for that kind of money is something we all want. That is priority one, and I am looking forward to what will unfold over the next eight events.”

Although he is at the top of the leaderboard because of his Morocco play, Catlin was not able to secure the winning title there.

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1. John Catlin finishes as runner-up in the latest Morocco edition of the International Series

After scoring 66-71-68-72 in Morocco, Catlin was leading in the event. However, in the end, New Zealand’s professional golfer Ben Campbell covered the difference and tied for the lead. At that point, Catlin had to face Campbell in a playoff where he lost. He then had to compromise with a T2 position even after scoring 15 under 277. He also earned a whopping $220,000 and a rise in the leaderboard.

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Catlin had performed phenomenally. The three-time DP World Tour winner is a devout member of LIV Golf after playing for Bryson DeChameau‘s team. Although he is doing everything right to achieve a spot in the league, the only question that is gnawing him at the moment is whether he will be able to retain his seat at the top. With five more events left, what do you think? Will Catlin be able to work toward his priority and win a LIV Golf contract? Let us know in the comments below.