Which LIV Golf players are out of contract?

Which LIV Golf players are out of contract? Here is a list of the five golfers who now face an uncertain future with the rival league.

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Fri, 10 Nov 2023
Which LIV Golf players are out of contract?

The second LIV Golf campaign is now in the books and what comes next is anyone's guess. 

Phil Mickelson has promised more PGA Tour stars will join the breakaway tour in the offseason. "I know it's going to happen," he previously warned.

GolfMagic has already taken a look at some potential targets for the Saudi-backed rival league - read about that here

One thing often spoken about with LIV is the lucrative contracts some players have signed to take part. 

We know some players have been offered contract extensions after details we revealed about the transfer window. 

Five players have been offered those extensions after finishing in what is described as 'the lock zone'. 

For those outside it, they face an uncertain future. That means they'll need either need to persuade their existing team captains to resign them, join another side with an open slot or try and get back into the league via the promotions event in December. 


Here is a list of all the players who now face an uncertain future after their contracts expired:

Pat Perez

Perez was a surprising player to join the league given his past comments. 'F--- no,' he replied on a user on Instagram when he was asked if he was 'getting on the Saudi train'. He also branded the LIV series 'kind of a joke'. The 46-year-old later signed a two-year contract with the rival league and was part of Dustin Johnson's 4 Aces GC team. Perez, 46, was inconsistent on the course. He posted three top-10 finishes in total. 

David Puig

Puig teed it up at LIV Golf's inaugural event at Centurion Club and was later rewarded with a contract. He has been playing for the Torque GC side, captained by Joaquin Niemann. His contributions have been modest as the team finished third in the overall standings. He's still only 21 years old and his talent is evident. It wouldn't be surprising to see him offered a new deal. 

Matt Jones

The Australian was part of Cameron Smith's Ripper GC side. He finished 37th in the individual standings with only one top-10 in the 14-event season which came in Tucson. It has been widely speculated that Smith's team have been targeting the signing of Adam Scott, but given his ties to the PGA Tour and Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy's TGL it's clearly unlikely the former Masters champ will join LIV. Jones has had a respectable professional career with two PGA Tour wins, but he's now 43 years old. 

Bernd Wiesberger

Former Ryder Cupper Wiesberger has been part of the Cleeks side. After two years playing in LIV events, the Austrian only has one top-10 finish which came in Jeddah. 

Graeme McDowell

McDowell was among a number of high-profile golfers to resign their PGA Tour memberships before hitting a tee shot in LIV. He's been playing in the Cleeks side but has struggled for form. McDowell even admitted he struggled to gain any momentum. His best finish in the 2022/2023 season came when he posted a solo 12th in Bedminster. McDowell recently told SI of his future: "“I feel like I've been a good spokesman for the league and a good ambassador for the tour and hopefully there is a captain that wants me on his team."

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