Could AXED LIV Golf captain make quick return after latest win?!

Former LIV Golf player Wade Ormsby picks up International Series win to improve his chances of a return to the Saudi-backed circuit in 2024.

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Mon, 13 Mar 2023
Could AXED LIV Golf captain make quick return after latest win?!

Wade Ormsby, who was first axed as a LIV Golf captain and then as a player in 2023, has given himself every chance of stepping back onto the LIV Golf League next season following his latest victory at the International Series Thailand. 

Ormsby, 42, played in all eight LIV Golf tournaments in the Saudi-bankrolled circuit's inaugural season but he only achieved the one top-25 finish. 

He was initially the captain of Punch GC but then got demoted from that role following the signing of Open champion Cameron Smith

Ormsby remained in the side that featured Smith, Marc Leishman and Matt Jones for the rest of the season, but he was then axed from the side ahead of 2023.

Punch GC has been renamed as Ripper GC. 

Jediah Morgan has since taken Ormsby's place.

Here's a look at all the players who were axed prior to the start of the new season. 

Related: LIV Golf League Teams 2023

But Ormsby has since dusted himself down and got himself back on his feet by picking up an early-season win at the International Series Thailand.

The one-time DP World Tour winner drained a 12-footer for birdie on the first extra hole to get the better of four-time Asian Tour winner Chonlatit Chuenboonngam. 

Ormsby now finds himself in second place behind axed LIV Golf player Andy Ogletree in the International Series Order of Merit. 

Ogletree, who was mocked by golf fans over his first and only performance on LIV Golf last June, recently opened up on why he "got the boot" from LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman

The winner of the season-long International Series Order of Merit, which has been backed by LIV Golf and the Asian Tour, will head straight onto the LIV Golf League for 2024. 

The International Series, which comprises of 10 enhanced events, has boosted the overall Asian Tour prize fund by $19m in 2023. 

There will also be three qualifying spots for the 2024 LIV Golf League via a Promotions event that is available for those finishing between second and 32nd on the International Series Order of Merit. 

That will take place at the end of the year. 

Ormsby said:

"The International Series events are massively important. They’re the logical stepping stone back to LIV for me.
"My number one priority is to get my game back to where I can get into tournaments and start to contend for wins.
"As far as getting back to LIV, I’ll lay it out there. If you win the International Series Order of Merit you’re back there.
"Alternatively, you’ve got the Promotions event at the end of the year, so I’m definitely aiming to be in that to try and get back there."



The second LIV Golf League event of the season takes place in Arizona this week. 

Charles Howell won the first event in Mayakoba last month. 

Here's the full LIV Golf League schedule

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