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LIV Tour players struggle mightily at 2022 U.S. Open

While they might be making millions of dollars, those that have signed up to play on the LIV Tour haven’t been competitive at the first major since the schism.

Sergio Garcia of Spain looks on from the second green during the second round of the 122nd U.S. Open Championship at The Country Club on June 17, 2022 in Brookline, Massachusetts. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

While the big news in the world of professional golf over the last several weeks has been regarding the defection of players from the PGA Tour to the LIV Tour, the quality of the field for the bigger money events backed by the Saudi Arabian Sovereign Wealth Fun has certainly been in question.

Of the 48 competitors at the LIV Tour London event last week at the Centurion Club, just 13 were exempt for the 2022 U.S. Open. Since then Bryson DeChambeau announced his intention to play at the Portland event at Pumpkin Ridge in two weeks, with Rickie Fowler joining him. Fowler missed the field at Brookline and was the first alternate, but not enough players withdrew.

And to this point, the LIV players at Brookline haven’t exactly been setting the world on fire. Only three LIV signees will make the cut of Top 60 plus ties to play the weekend, with just two that played the event in London, and none of them in title contention as of yet. 2021 U.S. Amateur champion James Piot, who turned pro at the LIV London event after a 25th place finish worth $166,000, had a rough back nine to miss the cut as well.

Here are the complete scores after two rounds for LIV players at the 2022 U.S. Open from The Country Club at Brookline. For players still on the course, the last hole they’ve completed is noted.

Current leaders: -5
Cut line: +3

Dustin Johnson +1
Richard Bland +2
Bryson DeChambeau +2
James Piot +4
Sergio Garcia +4
Branden Grace +5
Talor Gooch +5
Kevin Na +5
Sam Horsfeld +6
Louis Oosthuizen +6
Shaun Norris +8
Phil Mickelson +11
Jinichiro Kozuma +13
Jed Morgan +16