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Saudi Arabia's LIV Golf Invitational Series was advertised as a more lucrative rival to the PGA Tour, but there's a short life expectancy for those smaller names playing in a league where the field is constantly being updated.
As bigger and more recognisable golfers join the LIV movement, it's to be expected that those near the bottom of the ladder are squeezed out of the rotation. And more than 10 players who started the inaugural event in London last month have already been given their marching orders.
Granted, there are riches to be plundered with no cut and substantial winnings even if one finishes last, but potentially at the cost of their ties to other golf leagues. As the LIV schedule moves to Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, Mirror Sport sizes up who out of those stars already shown the exit made the most from their short-lived rebellion.
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Adrian Otaegui – $937,500
Two starts and a little less than $1million (£770,000) in prize money won represents not a bad month's work by Adrian Otaegui. That vast majority of that sum came via his share of sixth place at the Centurion Club in June, though a $200,000 (£164,00) prize for finishing 21st in Portland wasn't to be sniffed at either.
The only player axed in time for Bedminster who managed to almost hit seven figures across the first two events, Otaegui may well feel hard done by to lose his place in the LIV Series. That being said, the Spaniard made a swift return in the Hero Open on the DP World Tour, where he's earned around €5.2million (£4.3m) in prize money.
Oliver Bekker – $737,500
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South African Oliver Bekker's stay among the LIV ranks was short but certainly sweet, raking in $737,500 (£606,000) after finishing level with Otaegui in London. Even that wasn't enough to convince bosses of his place after the likes of Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeCheambeau and Patrick Reed joined for Portland, however.
Sihwan Kim – $669,000
This is proving to be a productive year for Sihwan Kim, who made his major debut at The Open, albeit failing to make the weekend cut. The American has earned roughly £540,000 from 108 tournament appearances on the DP World Tour and earned just over that in two LIV outings, thanks in large part to his 11th-place prize money from Portland ($540,000).
Ian Snyman – $321,000
Another contender who featured on the first two LIV stops but is now back on the outside, rookie Ian Snyman was a steady middle-ranker during his short service to the Saudis. His shared finished of 25th and 29th in London and Portland, respectively, produced $321,000 (£264,000) in winnings before more recognisable stars squeezed him out of the rotation.
Pablo Larrazabal – $315,000
A DP World Tour staple for some years now, many were surprised to see Pablo Larrazabal turn his back on the European establishment. That being said, the Spaniard made the most of his LIV stint after snagging $315,000 (£260,000) for tying 13th alongside Riyosuke Kinoshita in St. Albans.
Itthipat Buranatanyarat – $250,000
After two Invitational appearances and a best finish of 44th to show for it, one can understand why Thailand's Itthipat Buranatanyarat was among those left off the entry list for Bedminster. A three-time winner on the Asian Development Tour, his $250,000 (£206,000) earnings for six rounds of golf will serve as a welcome reminder of his LIV fling.
JC Ritchie – $232,000
It was a case of one and done for JC Ritchie, though not necessarily by choice given his tied-17th finish in London likely gave him a taste for the more lucrative life. That was enough to net the South African a $232,000 (£190,000) reward, which isn't far off his winnings from 49 outings on the DP World Tour.
Viraj Madappa – $154,000
The Centurion Club was good to Viraj Madappa, who was one of three players to take home $154,000 (£127,000) for sharing 30th in Hertfordshire. It wasn't long before he was back on the Asian Tour and Professional Golf Tour of India, where he debuted in 2017.
Kevin Yuan – $150,000
Kevin Yuan was among the biggest beneficiaries from the LIV Golf Series considering he was ranked 1050 in the world when he announced he would be competing at St Albans. A $150,000 (£123,000) prize for finishing joint-33rd was all she wrote for the Chinese contender, who has since returned to Asian Tour duties.
Oliver Fisher – $136,000
The first player to shoot a round of 59 on the European Tour, Oliver Fisher didn't impress quite as rampantly when he shared a finish of 38th at The Centurion Club. Nonetheless, he took £112,000 for his troubles before retuning to his DP World Tour commitments.
Ratchanon Chantananuwat – $136,000
A record-breaker in his own right, Ratchanon Chantananuwat swapped school studies to join the most talked about golf competition in the world back in June—barely a month after his 15th birthday. The Thai sensation scooped a $750,000 (£616,000) prize for winning the Trust Golf Asian Mixed Cup in April, and while his £112,000 winnings in St. Albans won't quite compare, his star seems destined for big things.
Blake Windred – $136,000
Accustomed to plying his trade on the Challenge Tour, Blake Windred was asked to make a sizeable step up to feature in the LIV Series. Still, he impressed en route to a joint-38th-place finish and the £112,000 reward that came with it, duly returning to the lower leagues after one event.
Andy Ogletree – $120,000
The old saying goes that if you ain't first, you're last. Well, Andy Ogletree found out first-hand in Hertfordshire that last sometimes isn't all that bad. The 24-year-old was paid $120,000 (£99,000) for finishing 24 over par and sent on his way, unlikely to ever play under the LIV banner again.
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