LIV Golf lands at Donald Trump's Doral course in Miami as 13 rebels - including reigning Masters champion Jon Rahm, Brooks Koepka and Phil Mickelson - all warm up for another shot at Augusta National next week

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Greg Norman made it clear 12 months agone that nan show of a LIV golfer winning the Masters would lead to scenes of wild celebration connected Augusta National's 18th green.

In his head, nan nationalist look of nan breakaway circuit knew a victor connected golf's grandest shape would springiness nan Saudi-bankrolled circuit a legitimacy that it had truthful acold lacked. 

Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson and Patrick Reed each threatened to origin an awkward segment for Masters organizers but successful nan extremity nary of them could support gait pinch Jon Rahm.


So really did LIV and its unlimited resources react? They gave Rahm, nan man who ruined Norman's dream, $500million and made nan biggest signing from nan PGA Tour yet.

Now, 12 months on, Norman's charges will return to Georgia adjacent week pinch nan existent holder of nan Green Jacket wrong their ranks and moreover much optimism that they tin onshore different devastating blow.

Jon Rahm is nan reigning Masters champion and will beryllium hoping to get his first LIV triumph successful Miami

LIV Golf has rolled into Miami and Trump National Doral will beryllium nan show of this week's event

LIV will nonstop 13 players to golf's astir iconic tournament, down from 18 successful 2023, arsenic nan conflict for golf's early continues to beryllium waged disconnected nan course.

Rahm, Mickelson, Kopeka and Reed will beryllium joined by Bryson DeChambeau, Sergio Garcia, Cameron Smith, Dustin Johnson, Tyrrell Hatton, Joaquin Niemann, Bubba Watson, Charl Schwartzel and Adrian Meronk.

All 13 - 7 of them past Augusta champions - will compete astatine this week's LIV arena successful Miami, wherever nan grueling Trump National Doral returns to its accustomed staging station arsenic a pre-Masters test.

Despite nan eagerly-anticipated gathering of nan sport's champion successful 1 spot adjacent week, play is still divided. 

Talks person been going connected for months - the PGA Tour struck a woody pinch Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund past June and a woody was expected to beryllium completed by nan extremity of past year.

Speaking successful Miami connected Wednesday, DeChambeau boldly suggested that a solution had to beryllium reached immediately. 

The big-hitting American said: 'It's up to nan guys up apical to fig it retired and fig it retired quickly because we can't support going this direction. It's not sustainable, for sure.' 

Veteran Phil Mickelson is 1 of 13 LIV golfers who will beryllium competing astatine nan Masters adjacent week

LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman will beryllium hoping 1 of his players tin stun Augusta National

Rahm painted a much affirmative picture, though.  

'I deliberation there's room for both. It's arsenic elemental arsenic that,' nan Spaniard said. 'I deliberation we person nan opportunity to extremity up pinch an moreover amended merchandise for nan spectators and nan fans of nan game, a small spot much assortment doesn't really wounded anybody. 

'So, I think, decently done, we tin extremity up pinch a overmuch amended merchandise that tin return play to nan adjacent level worldwide, and I'm hoping that's what ends up happening.'

LIV's TV ratings successful nan US are still struggling. Nielsen TV information from February showed LIV's arena successful Mayakoba pulled successful conscionable 432,000 viewers connected nan CW Network, its astir ever. 

On nan aforesaid day, a rerun of a PGA Tour information from Pebble Beach had 1.21 cardinal viewers connected CBS.

Talks astir golf's early tin beryllium put connected clasp for now, though, arsenic players bound for nan Masters get successful Miami hoping to find immoderate form. 

You will struggle to find a much in-form golfer successful nan world than Niemann, nan Chilean who has clawed his measurement into nan Masters by winning nan Australian Open and 2 LIV events and posting 2 different top-5s connected nan DP World Tour.

Cameron Smith swings astatine Trump National Doral arsenic he looks for his first triumph of nan season

Johnson is nan only different Masters-bound subordinate to person won a LIV arena this play while DeChambeau's Crushers GC lead nan measurement successful nan squad standings.

This week will besides people Anthony Kim's first tourney successful nan USA since May 2012 aft his 12-year disappearance from master play owed to battles pinch addiction and aggregate surgeries.

Rahm, meanwhile, is yet to show his champion and triumph but has vanished successful nan apical 8 astatine each 4 LIV events successful his debut season. His champion decorativeness is still a 3rd spot successful nan play opener astatine Mayakoba. 

Asked connected Wednesday if a LIV subordinate tin triumph astatine Augusta, he said: 'That is simply a very difficult mobility to answer. 

'But you know, location [are] rather a fewer awesome champions successful LIV, and location are a fewer that are major-champion-quality golfers. 

'So conscionable axenic numbers, if you spell pinch math, wouldn't beryllium nan highest, but I'm assured that 1 of america tin get it done this year.'

This week successful Miami will springiness an denotation whether immoderate LIV golfer tin tame Augusta and springiness Norman and LIV's backers nan Masters statement they genuinely want.

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