SEVEN NEW FACES: All you need to know about the LIV Golf Portland debutants
LIV Golf is gearing up for a big weekend with SEVEN big names joining the ranks and making their debuts in Portland.
The field is now set for the LIV Golf Invitational Portland, LIV Golf’s second event of the season taking place 30 June - 2 July at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in Oregon. But what do we know about the seven new golfers looking to head the leaderboard?
One of the game’s most dominant players in recent years, Koepka is the first golfer in history to simultaneously hold back-to-back titles in two different majors – the U.S. Open in 2017 and 2018, and the PGA Championship in 2018 and 2019. He was the first player in three decades to win consecutive U.S.
Opens and held the world No. 1 ranking for 47 consecutive weeks, during which he continued to add to his list of career victories (15). Koepka has accumulated 72 top-10 finishes, has made four U.S. national team appearances including three Ryder Cups, and is currently ranked No. 19 in the world.
One of the longest drivers in professional golf, DeChambeau is currently ranked 28th in the world. In addition to his 10 victories, the 28-year-old has six runner-up finishes and 40 top-10 finishes since turning pro in 2015. As an amateur, he became only the fifth player in history to win both the NCAA Division I championship and the U.S. Amateur in the same year.
Reed has competed in more than 300 events since turning pro in 2010. The 31-year-old has finished in the top 10 72 times, including 25 top-three finishes. Reed has represented the United States in three Ryder Cups and three Presidents Cups in which he’s helped lead his country to four victories in addition to being a two-time Olympian.
Recognized as the top Mexican golfer in the world, Ancer has three pro victories and 36 career top-10 finishes, including 19 top-10 performances since 2019. In that span, he has finished each year among the world’s top 40 players, having been ranked as high as No. 11. Ancer competed in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and has also been selected to compete in numerous international team events.
One of golf’s longest hitters off the tee, the 23-year-old Wolff has quickly established himself among the game’s top competitors. An All-American at Oklahoma State University and winner of the 2019 NCAA Division I individual championship, Wolff then turned pro in 2019 and secured his first professional win less than one month later. He has continued to make an impact within golf's elite, reaching a career-best No. 12 in the world in October 2020 and earning seven top-10 finishes, including runner-up at the U.S. Open and fourth at the PGA Championship.
World ranked No. 2 amateur Eugenio Chacarra will make his first appearance as a professional with LIV Golf. The 22-year-old is a two-time All-American at Oklahoma State University, where he was a finalist for both the Ben Hogan Award and the Haskins Award as the NCAA’s top collegiate golfer. The No. 1 amateur from Spain, Chacarra made 14 collegiate starts in 2021-22, winning three times with six additional top-six finishes.
Ortiz, winner of four professional tournaments worldwide, has been a standout since turning pro in 2014. He has spent 80 weeks of his career ranked in the top 100 and reached 44th in the world in February 2021.
Born in Guadalajara, Mexico and a collegiate golfer at the University of North Texas, Ortiz represented his country in the Summer Olympics in Tokyo in 2021.