LIV Golf Rebel Says the New League Is More Competitive Than a Normal PGA Tour Event

Published 07/31/2022, 12:15 PM EDT
Golf – The inaugural LIV Golf Invitational – Centurion Club, Hemel Hempstead, St Albans, Britain – June 8, 2022 Chief executive of LIV Golf Investments Greg Norman before the Pro-Am Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

The LIV Golf Invitational Series has a unique format. The 48 players on the field tee off at the 54-hole event using the shotgun start. Moreover, it also has no cut policy after the first 36-holes, unlike most PGA Tour and DP World Tour events. 

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Additionally, the Saudi-backed league has been facing criticism since its inception, making it less appealing to many golf fans. Yet, a Mexican golfer, who has been playing in the league since its second event, considers the Series better than the other Tour events! 

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“I mean, it’s the same. It’s golf,” Carlos Ortiz said when he was asked what he wanted to say to his Mexican fans after joining the controversial league. “Competition is probably better than a normal P-Tour event,” he further added. 

The Mexican professional believes LIV Golf Series is better for the Mexican fans

“I think, if anything, they (Mexican fans) should get more behind it,” he said during the press meet. “We have two Mexicans on the same team,” he added. “And two other Latins. I think it’s great.” 

Carlos Ortiz is part of the 4-member team, Fireballs GC. Notably, its leader, the Ryder Cup veteran Sergio Garcia, is a Spanish golfer. Additionally, the rest of the Fireballs team members, Abraham Ancer and Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra are from Mexico and Spain, respectively. “I think it’s great for the Mexican fan base,” Ortiz stated. “They’re going to be able to see more of us.” 

Furthermore, Ortiz explained that the competition at the LIV Series is better for the fans to watch than the other events due to its shotgun start format. “You can watch five shots,” he said. “While you watch one or two shots on the other tour.” 

Carlos Ortiz at the Invitational Series

The 1-time PGA Tour champion Carlos Ortiz joined the LIV Series and played first at its second event held in Portland. Although new to the format, the 31-year-old didn’t waste any time establishing his name and found his way to the top of the leaderboard with Dustin Johnson after round 2. 

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He finished the tournament a solo second with an impressive 11-under. Notably, Ortiz is taking part in the third league event at Bedminster and secured a T3 place after round 2!  

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The 2021 Vivint Houston Open champion considers that the new Saudi Arabia-backed league is the best, despite the controversies it faces. He also thinks that fans are more likely to enjoy the Series than the Tour events due to its unique format. 

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Anjana Prabhakaran

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Anjana Prabhakaran is a Golf content writer at EssentiallySports. She has completed her Master's degree in Public Administration and considers researching as one of her hobbies. As her family is interested in sports, Anjana grew up watching every sport on television.

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