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LIV Golf provides one other in PGA Championship discipline whereas one other rejects the provide

On a recent call with the media, South African Trevor Immelman, the lead analyst for CBS Sports, expressed his surprise at Louis Oosthuizen’s omission from the 2024 PGA Championship. DataGolf lists Oosthuizen, also a South African, as the 32nd-ranked player in the world. This past December, he won the Alfred Dunhill Championship and the AfrAsia

LIV Golf provides one other in PGA Championship discipline whereas one other rejects the provide

On a current name with the media, South African Trevor Immelman, the lead analyst for CBS Sports activities, expressed his surprise at Louis Oosthuizen’s omission from the 2024 PGA Championship.

DataGolf lists Oosthuizen, additionally a South African, because the 32nd-ranked player on the earth. This previous December, he gained the Alfred Dunhill Championship and the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open on the DP World Tour. He additionally completed second on the Worldwide Collection Oman in February and has recorded 4 top-10s in LIV Golf occasions this season.

Plus, the South African has confirmed himself on the largest levels earlier than, successful the Claret Jug in 2010 and coming near claiming a Inexperienced Jacket at Augusta National in 2012.

Oosthuizen has additionally tied for second twice on the PGA Championship, in 2017 and 2021.

Therefore, when the PGA of America launched its discipline for the 106th PGA Championship early Tuesday, everybody, together with Immelman, was shocked to see Oosthuizen not included.

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Louis Oosthuizen at LIV Golf Adelaide.
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However come to search out out, Oosthuizen declined the PGA of America’s invitation, per Doug Ferguson of The Related Press and Bob Harig of Sports activities Illustrated.

Ferguson famous that Oosthuizen turned down the invite to compete within the “strongest discipline in golf” for private causes. Particular particulars are unknown.

Nonetheless, the PGA of America invited six extra LIV Golf gamers along with the 9 that had already gained entry by means of completely different qualifying standards.

Talor Gooch, who, in contrast to Oosthuizen, has not performed in any occasions outdoors of LIV Golf, acquired an invitation. As did younger up-and-comer David Puig, who has adopted in Oosthuizen’s footsteps and competed in quite a few occasions across the globe outdoors of LIV.

Oosthuizen’s fellow countryman, Dean Burmester, will play at Valhalla as nicely. So, too, will Australian Lucas Herbert, Adrian Meronk of Poland, and 2017 Masters champion Patrick Reed.

In all, 15 gamers will tee it up on the 2024 PGA Championship, whereas 16 acquired invitations. Final yr, at Oak Hill, 18 LIV Golf gamers teed it up, however that didn’t embrace Oosthuizen. He didn’t meet the qualifying standards, nor had he performed nicely sufficient to obtain an invitation from the PGA of America within the months main as much as Oak Hill.

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However he has vastly improved his sport over the previous eight months, which explains why he acquired an invitation this time round. And but, the South African turned it down for no matter motive.

Jack Milko is a golf employees author for SB Nation’s Taking part in By way of. You’ll want to take a look at @_PlayingThrough for extra golf protection. You’ll be able to observe him on Twitter @jack_milko as nicely.

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