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Two LIV Golf Teams Go Head-2-Head on The Asian Tour

LIV Golf team Torque head to International Series Oman
Image credit: International Series Oman

The International Series Oman will, for the first time, feature two complete LIV Golf League teams competing side-by-side in one of the Asian Tour's prestigious events. Torque GC's lineup boasts South American talents such as Joaquin Niemann, Sebastian Munoz, Mito Pereira, and Carlos Ortiz, while Stinger GC brings a strong South African contingent including Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel, Branden Grace, and Dean Burmester to the challenging Al Mouj Golf course from February 22 to 25. The International Series Oman marks the beginning of 10 events on the Asian Tour calendar, characterized by larger prize purses, elite venues, and a direct pathway to the LIV Golf League for global players.

Among the events on The International Series schedule this season, International Series Oman offers more than just prize money; it presents invaluable opportunities for LIV Golf League stars.

Taking place a week prior to the LIV Golf Jeddah event at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club, the first date of the 2024 season serves as an ideal platform for team preparation and earning crucial world ranking points.

Joaquin Niemann, in top form and serving as team captain for Torque GC, emerged victorious at the season-opening LIV Golf Mayakoba event in Mexico. With a notable T5 finish last season at Al Mouj Golf, trailing behind Japanese standout Takumi Kanaya, Niemann finds ample motivation to compete once again.

The Chilean golfer, who showcased his brilliance with a remarkable 59 at the Mexico event, in addition to clinching the ISPS Handa Australian Open earlier in the season, expressed his eagerness to compete at Al Mouj Golf: "The International Series events are big for me right now. It will be a lot of help to play good there, get some points, and try to get into the Majors.

"The events are great. They run like first-class tournaments, and they are always at really nice venues and great golf courses. I can only say great things about those tournaments. I've played in two or three of them, and it's been unbelievable. Each one of them.

“It will be nice to have the whole team playing on The International Series. I think as a team, we're not only obviously competing together during the LIV Golf season, but we're going to try to play almost every tournament we can together.

“With all The International Series, we're going to try to fly together. It will be nice to be playing against each other at Oman for the first tournament, we’re looking forward to it. Hopefully, we get a nice Sunday where we’re going to all play together. It’ll be cool."

Mexican team-mate Ortiz added: "t's great, we've always been a team, we always like to play the same events and went to the same places together, so it just makes sense continuing the season there."

Stinger GC Team International Series Oman
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Stinger GC skipper Oosthuizen explained the thinking behind the decision to enter the whole team this year. The 2010 Open champion said: "We’re excited because after that we have got LIV Golf Jeddah and Hong Kong, so we decided to do a whole trip. We can warm up in Oman, but also I played there last year and I loved the golf course. It is a good track and a good way to start the international ‘swing’ for us.

"You can definitely work out a good schedule to play before the LIV events, to play yourself into a little bit of form. I think those are very important to have, those one or two extra events just to get ready for the season."

2011 Masters champion Schwartzel agreed with the assessment. "Oman’s a great place, I went there last year, so I managed to convince everybody to come and join. We are really excited about playing in The International Series.

"Some guys can get away with playing very little golf, while some guys really need to play in tournaments. I am one of those guys - I like to get tournament fit, so playing an event like International Series Oman before a LIV event, definitely helps me get fine-tuned."

Burmester, who finished T3 in LIV Golf’s season opener in Mexico at the start of February added: "It's special. We spoke about it when the schedule came out and all of us were excited to go back to Al Mouj and Oman, it's a great golf course.

"We're always really, really well looked after there, so we're excited to head there and to have all four of us. Hopefully, one of us can compete or lift the trophy."

The 34-year-old is keen to add further dates on The International Series into his diary, as he explained: "Last year I played back-to-back events in Scotland and England, and this year, I am looking to widen my horizon and see where they fit into the schedule.

"We’ve got some exciting places, Morocco, and Macau, we've got so many beautiful places to go and play those events and then come back to LIV Golf sharp and ready to compete."