LIV Golf FINALLY sign their NEXT PGA Tour star for 2023, confirms report

World No.44 Mito Pereira is set to sign for LIV Golf after a period of speculation linking the Chilean to the Saudi-financed series.

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Wed, 11 Jan 2023
LIV Golf FINALLY sign their NEXT PGA Tour star for 2023, confirms report

PGA Tour player Mito Pereira is set to be announced as a LIV Golf player next week as part of the updated roster for the Saudi-backed series' 2023 season.

As per James Corrigan of the Telegraph, Pereira is set to sign on the Tour commissioned by Greg Norman after a period of speculation linking the World No.44 in a controversial switch.

GolfMagic reported back in September that Pereira had "already agreed" to join LIV Golf, admitting his fondness of the team aspect and joining up with fellow Chilean Joaquin Niemann.

Last week, Niemann revealed that he was "doing everything possible" to bring Pereira to the Tour that will begin its second season at Mayakoba at the end of February.

LIV was expected to announce more signings in November and December, but the departure of senior figures Atul Khosla and Matt Goodman has delayed further announcements.

Pereira almost won the PGA Championship in 2022 if it wasn't for a heartbreaking double-bogey on the 72nd hole at Southern Hills. He missed out on his maiden major trophy which was eventually won by Justin Thomas.

We are also expecting to hear more from LIV Golf about further events and venues. The 2023 schedule is meant to have 14 events, but currently, the website only states seven events which feature previous PGA Tour venues such as the Greenbrier and the Gallery Golf Club in Tucson.

Pereira is another face from the Tour that will be suspended by commissioner Jay Monahan, but we are anticipating further recruitment in the coming days.

Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele and Hideki Matsuyama have all been linked with big-money moves to LIV Golf, but nothing has yet materialised and it has raised questions as to how much further Norman can strengthen the roster.

Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau and Cameron Smith are among the big names to already make the jump, but this has come with great potential sacrifice.

The LIV Golf Tour, despite joining forces with the MENA Tour, doesn't offer Official World Golf Ranking points and although The Masters will allow any player to compete under their current criteria, the other three majors are yet to make their move.