Was 2022 the year of LIV Golf? A look back at the highlights of the controversial series of the year


2022 has been a big year for the game of golf, but especially for LIV Golf. While the league was officially launched in 2021, it wasn’t until this year that it really picked up steam. The controversial golf league started to get a little more attention, but it also brought a lot more hostility.

Perhaps the most irreparable damage was done this year. The PGA Tour and many of its players have a strong disdain for LIV and everyone involved with it. This created feuds between the players and even created a heated feud between Rory McIlroy and LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman.

Much of the year was still good, however. They’ve managed to nab a lot of popular and talented golfers away from the PGA Tour:

  • Bryson De Chambeau
  • Sergio Garcia
  • Talor Gooch
  • Dustin Johnson
  • Brooks Koepka
  • Phil Mickelson
  • Louis Oosthuizen
  • Pat Perez
  • Ian Poulter
  • Patrick Roseau
  • Cameron Smith
  • Bubba Watson
  • Lee Westwood

Phil Mickelson, arguably one of the most beloved and popular golfers on the PGA Tour, had no problem defecting.

Cameron Smith was ranked #3 in the OWGR and by making the transition he effectively lost any chance of reaching the top spot. The OWGR doesn’t have any LIV Golf events, so it’s nearly impossible for them to move up the rankings.

Highlights for LIV Golf in 2022

The league has even started discussions about hosting its own majors in the future. If the OWGR doesn’t recognize them and the PGA Tour doesn’t invite their players, LIV said he’ll take matters into his own hands.

This shows both their stamina and their willingness to support their players which will help them attract more golfers in the future.

There were rumors of a TV deal this year. While an official deal has yet to materialize, the mere fact that they’re in the mix for one is a big deal.

Several events were organized by LIV Golf this year and the winners walked away with incredible prize money.

Pat Perez celebrates after his win
Pat Perez celebrates after his win

It has steadily shown LIV’s financial might and the growing gap between their money and the PGA Tour, which can only help them in the future.

They hosted the first-ever Tag Team Championship this year. The PGA Tour has no official team events, so this was a huge achievement and could change the game of golf forever.

Many golfers admitted that they were much happier playing on the LIV Golf Tour than on the PGA Tour, another huge victory for LIV in this endless battle.

The league has officially set up a 14-event schedule for next season, a new schedule that includes Australia. All of this is fantastic for LIV.

In perhaps the biggest win, LIV Golf was somehow officially recognized by the Masters. The golf tournament admitted they hated the divide in the game, but refused to interfere. As a result, it will be one of the only majors to have LIV members involved, another big win in 2022.

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