MAJOR WINNER HENRIK STENSON, WORLD NO. 36 JASON KOKRAK AND THREE-TIME WINNER CHARLES HOWELL III JOIN LIV GOLF

Written by LIV GOLF STAFF

LONDON and WEST PALM BEACH, Florida – LIV Golf today announced that 2016 Open Champion Henrik Stenson has joined LIV Golf and will make his first start July 29-31 at the LIV Golf Invitational Bedminster. In addition, No. 36 ranked Jason Kokrak and three-time winner Charles Howell III will make their debut at LIV Golf’s third event of the season, adding to the list of the world’s top players set to compete at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster.

The former No. 2 world-ranked Stenson, one of the most accomplished European golfers for over two decades, has won 21 times as a professional and amassed 149 top-10 finishes. Throughout his career, he has earned more than a dozen honors as the top performing golfer on global tours and competitions, spending over 300 weeks ranked in the top 10. A marquee member for Europe in international team play, Stenson has appeared in five Ryder Cups, helping lead Europe to victories in three of those competitions (2006, 2014, 2018). Stenson will join Majesticks GC, captained by former world No. 1 Lee Westwood.

Kokrak, an 11-time winner as a pro, has earned more than 40 top-10 finishes throughout his career. Since September 2020, he has been ranked among the top 50 players in the world, with a ranking as high as No. 20. Beginning in Bedminster, he will compete on Smash GC, captained by four-time major champion Brooks Koepka.

Howell III has amassed 102 top-10 finishes throughout his career, including three professional wins. A former NCAA Division I Champion and Haskins Award winner as the country’s most outstanding collegiate golfer, he has been ranked as high as No. 15 in the world and has represented the United States in multiple international team competitions. Howell III will play for Crushers GC, led by 2020 U.S. Open Champion Bryson DeChambeau.

Howell III, Kokrak and Stenson join a Bedminster field that will showcase 11 major champions with a combined 21 majors won, four former world No. 1 players and nearly half of its competitors currently ranked in the top 100. The global field represents 13 different countries, features 18 players with 10 or more professional wins and includes future stars of the game who have earned NCAA National Championships and US Amateur Championships among their accomplishments. Players will compete in golf’s most exciting new format for $25 million and the chance to become LIV Golf’s third individual and team champions and earn points towards LIV Golf’s season-long individual competition.

“Henrik Stenson adds yet another outstanding resume to LIV Golf’s global roster of elite players. His career performances spanning majors, season-long individual championships and international competitions have cemented him as a leader in today’s game,” said Greg Norman, CEO and Commissioner of LIV Golf. “The addition of Jason Kokrak, who has been consistently ranked amongst the world’s best, and Charles Howell III, one of the United States’ top competitors for years, along with English standout Paul Casey further strengthens a field that will put on a show for the fans at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster. I’m excited for the third LIV Golf competition and can’t wait for our shotgun start at this fantastic venue.”

Players confirmed for the LIV Golf Invitational Bedminster: 

ABRAHAM ANCER, Mexico
RICHARD BLAND, England
LAURIE CANTER, England
PAUL CASEY, England
EUGENIO CHACARRA, Spain
BRYSON DeCHAMBEAU, USA
HENNIE du PLESSIS, South Africa
SERGIO GARCIA, Spain
TALOR GOOCH, USA
BRANDEN GRACE, South Africa
JUSTIN HARDING, South Africa
SAM HORSFIELD, England
CHARLES HOWELL III, USA
YUKI INAMORI, Japan
DUSTIN JOHNSON, USA
MATT JONES, Australia
SADOM KAEWKANJANA, Thailand
MARTIN KAYMER, Germany
PHACHARA KHONGWATMAI, Thailand
RYOSUKE KINOSHITA, Japan
BROOKS KOEPKA, USA
CHASE KOEPKA, USA
JASON KOKRAK, USA
JINICHIRO KOZUMA, Japan
GRAEME McDOWELL, Northern Ireland
PHIL MICKELSON, USA
JEDIAH MORGAN, Australia
KEVIN NA, USA
SHAUN NORRIS, South Africa
LOUIS OOSTHUIZEN, South Africa
WADE ORMSBY, Australia
CARLOS ORTIZ, Mexico
PAT PEREZ, USA
TURK PETTIT, USA
JAMES PIOT, USA
IAN POULTER, England
DAVID PUIG (a), SPAIN
PATRICK REED, USA
CHARL SCHWARTZEL, South Africa
TRAVIS SMYTH, Australia
HENRIK STENSON, Sweden
HUDSON SWAFFORD, USA
HIDETO TANIHARA, Japan
PETER UIHLEIN, USA
SCOTT VINCENT, Zimbabwe
LEE WESTWOOD, England
BERND WIESBERGER, Austria
MATTHEW WOLFF, USA

The 48-man field will play across 12 teams of four players each. Teams will be announced in the days leading up to the tournament start.

The LIV Golf Invitational Bedminster offers opportunities for golfers from around the world including the Asian Tour, DP World Tour, PGA Tour, Sunshine Tour, PGA Tour of Australasia and Japan Golf Tour, as well as leading players from The International Series, which launched in Thailand in March, and top finishers from the LIV Golf Invitational Series. LIV Golf will continue to reward players that compete and perform well in LIV events, with a broad spectrum of exemption categories designed to ensure it delivers new opportunities for international golfers, as well as pathways for amateurs and the next generation of leading players, into elite professional golf. 

South African Branden Grace of Stinger GC finished at 13 under par to secure the individual trophy at the LIV Golf Invitational Portland at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, while 4 Aces GC captain Dustin Johnson and his new all-American lineup of Talor Gooch, Pat Perez and Patrick Reed took the team trophy in the first LIV Golf event held in the United States.

South Africans have now won the first two LIV Golf events, as former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel earned first prize in the individual competition at the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational London at Centurion Club. Stinger GC, Schwartzel’s team captained by major champion Louis Oosthuizen, took the team honors in London with fellow South Africans and teammates Hennie du Plessis and Grace finishing second and third, respectively. Grace and Schwartzel are now 1-2 in LIV Golf’s season-long individual points standings.

The LIV Golf Invitational Series launched June 9 to a worldwide audience showcasing its new, innovative format with more action, shotgun starts and no cut. Complete, live coverage of LIV Golf tournaments is globally available direct to fans on LIVGolf.com, YouTubeandFacebook. LIV Golf event broadcasts are also aired live on a global roster of leading premium and free-to-air broadcasters providing coverage in over 180 territories around the world. The list of international networks covering the LIV Golf Invitational Series is available on LIVGolf.com.

LIV Golf is owned and operated by LIV Golf Investments whose vision and mission are centered around making holistic and sustainable investments to enhance the global golf ecosystem and unlock the sport’s untapped worldwide potential. 


ABOUT LIV GOLF INVESTMENTS
LIV Golf Investments is a newly formed company, with group companies in the USA and UK. Its purpose is to holistically improve the health of professional golf on a global scale to help unlock the sports’ untapped potential. Greg Norman is the first and founding CEO of LIV Golf Investments. PIF, one of the world’s largest wealth funds, with a diverse international investment portfolio, is the majority shareholder in LIV Golf Investments.  

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