POTOMAC FALLS, Va. – Reserve player Andy Ogletree, the International Series Order of Merit leader, will replace injured Paul Casey in the Crushers GC lineup at this week’s LIV Golf DC.
Ogletree, the 2019 U.S. Amateur champion, will make his third appearance of the 2023 LIV Golf League season and second for the Crushers. He filled in for Anirban Lahiri in Orlando and shot even par for the three rounds, with two of his scores counting for the team. He finished 43rd on the points leaderboard that week.
In the most recent LIV tournament in Tulsa, Ogletree replaced Majesticks co-captain Lee Westwood for the final round and shot an 8-under 62 for the team. The 62 is one stroke off the LIV-record low score for a single round.
Ogletree currently tops the International Series Order of Merit standings through four events on the Asian Tour. The leader at the end of the 10-event series in 2023 earns full-season playing privileges as a regular member for the 2024 LIV Golf League season.
"He played well last event in Tulsa, he shot 8-under. It's kind of hard not to pick him,” Crushers captain Bryson DeChambeau said Wednesday. “I'm looking forward to some more good scores out of him. He's a great kid, great player. I love having him on the team, and he'll be a tremendous asset.”
Casey withdrew due to lingering foot issues that also forced him to miss last week’s PGA Championship. He’s currently 27th in the Individual Champion standings and has not posted a top-24 points finish since his fourth-place result in the season opener at Mayakoba when the Crushers won their first team title.
“His feet have been hurting him a little bit, and then ultimately just got to his body,” DeChambeau said of Casey. “He's in a place where he's recovering, and he'll be good in a couple weeks he told me, so no issues with that.
“That's what we're here to do, we're here to support him whatever his decision is to make sure his health is 100%. We need him 100%. He's a great golfer, great player, and for this team and LIV Golf, we need him playing at his best and healthy.”
Since Ogletree will be playing all three rounds at Trump National Washington, D.C., his score will count on both the team and individual leaderboards.