Martin Kaymer FORCED OUT of LIV Golf Orlando; another pro withdraws

Two late changes have been made to the LIV Golf League field for their event in Orlando, which begins on 31 March. 

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Wed, 29 Mar 2023
Martin Kaymer FORCED OUT of LIV Golf Orlando; another pro withdraws

Two team changes have been made for the forthcoming LIV Golf League event in Orlando. 

Martin Kaymer is still out of action after undergoing wrist surgery last year. The Cleeks GC captain has been replaced by England's Laurie Canter. 

Canter, who is a reserve, played in the first two LIV events in Kaymer's absence, finishing 46th in the 48-man field in their opening event in Mayakoba and Tucson and 30th in their opening event at Mayakoba. 

The Cleeks also comprises of Bernd Wiesberger, Graeme McDowell and Richard Bland. The team are one of three sides that are yet to record a point in the 2023 season. 

Elsewhere, Anirban Lahiri has reportedly withdrawn from Orlando for 'personal reasons'. 

Lahiri, from India, is part of Bryson DeChambeau's Crushers GC side. Lahiri has been replaced by Andy Ogletree.

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Ogletree, who won the U.S. Amateur in 2019, played in the first ever LIV Golf event in June 2022 but was widely mocked for finishing dead last. 

The young pro later explained he was at 'rock bottom' in his golf career that had previously promised so much. 

He was even grouped with Tiger Woods at the 2019 Masters

Ogletree later told of why Greg Norman gave him the boot. 

He has enjoyed a resurgence in form in 2023 and at the time of writing is leading the order of merit on the Asian Tour. 

Should he finish as the top points scorer, he would automatically qualify for the 2024 LIV Golf League season. 

More details have been revealed for LIV's plans for 2024 with reporting from SI. 

It has been revealed that LIV officials are thinking of increasing the number of teams to 15, among other changes such as how relegation and promotion works for the Saudi-backed tour. 

Other details concerned what happens should a LIV player break their contract, as well as issues with 'unaccounted' millions of dollars spent in 2022. 

DeChambeau's Crushers - that also has Paul Casey and Charles Howell III among their ranks - won the team event in Mayakoba. 

Though that was thanks to Howell's red-hot putter. Phil Mickelson has backed Howell for a late invite to the 2023 Masters

LIV Golf Orlando begins at 1.15pm E.T at Orange County National on 31 March.

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