Monday saw the announcement of the LIV Golf League’s final four team rosters, and Phil Mickelson’s HyFlyers GC is getting a makeover for its second season, which starts this week.
Two new players have joined Cameron Tringale in Mickelson’s team: Brendan Steele, a three-time winner on the PGA Tour, and James Piot, a 2021 U.S. Amateur champion who switched to LIV Golf after graduating from Michigan State last year.
On Mickelson’s team, Steele and Piot replace Matthew Wolff and Bernd Wiesberger. Wolff is currently a member of Brooks Koepka’s Smash GC, and Wiesberger recently joined Martin Kaymer’s Cleeks GC.
Bubba Watson’s RangeGoats GC added DP World Visit star Thomas Pieters, who is positioned 35th on the planet. Harold Varner III and Talor Gooch, who helped the 4Aces win the team championship last year, are also on Watson’s team. While recovering from an injury, Watson did not participate in the 2017-18 season.
Two new players have joined Kevin Na’s Iron Heads GC as well: past Danny Lee, a winner of the PGA Tour, and Scott Vincent, who was a member of four LIV Golf teams last season.
The most recent addition to Louis Oosthuizen’s Stinger GC is Dean Burmester, who has won twice on the DP World Tour and is a rookie on the PGA Tour this season. Each of Oosthuizen’s four teammates hails from South Africa; Charl Schwartzel, who won the Masters in 2011, and Branden Grace are the other two.
This past month saw the announcement of the eight additional LIV teams.
Hudson Swafford, who spent the majority of the previous season with Niblicks GC (now RangeGoats GC), announced on Sunday that he will be sidelined by a hip injury for the entirety of LIV Golf’s second season. Swafford has won the 2022 American Express three times on the PGA Tour.
“I have been struggling with a hip injury which has caused a decline in my on-course performance,” Swafford wrote in an Instagram post. “After consulting with a specialist, I was unfortunately advised my best option for an optimal recovery was to undergo surgery.”
Friday marks the beginning of the LIV season in Mayakoba, Mexico.