Who are the LIV golfers? They range from the famous to the anonymous.

Cameron Smith is the highest ranked player to join LIV Golf. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

LIV Golf’s fourth tournament this week near Boston will feature a 48-player field of golfers who have decided to give the Saudi-funded breakaway circuit a chance. Some of these players are well known, while others are familiar only to golf fanatics. Eight golfers will be playing in their first LIV tournament, with the league letting go of eight lesser-known players who had played in previous tournaments to make room.

Twelve of the top 50 players in the Official World Golf Ranking have joined the LIV Golf Invitational Series. The 48 players in the field at The International can be roughly divided into four categories: golfers who still were relevant on the PGA or European tours when they joined LIV; those whose best years are behind them; grinders who have been plying their trade anonymously around the world; and younger players who are getting their first real taste of professional golf.

World rankings and ages are as of Aug. 30. Wins came on the PGA Tour, the European tour, in World Golf Championships or at majors.

Still relevant

Cameron Smith

Age: 29

World ranking: 2

Career top-level wins: 8

Most recent: 2022

Smith joined LIV this week, becoming its highest-ranked golfer and most recent major-championship winner.


Joaquin Niemann

Age: 23

World ranking: 19

Career top-level wins: 2

Most recent: 2022

The LIV newcomer won in February but has never finished higher than T-23 in 15 major-championship appearances.


Dustin Johnson

Age: 38

World ranking: 22

Career top-level wins: 31

Most recent: 2021

The two-time major champion hasn’t won anything since his Masters title in November 2020.


Abraham Ancer

Age: 31

World ranking: 24

Career top-level wins: 1

Most recent: 2021

Ancer tied for 11th and tied for ninth at the past two major championships, but he had just three top-10s this season before departing for LIV.


Brooks Koepka

Age: 32

World ranking: 26

Career top-level wins: 9

Most recent: 2021

The former world No. 1 won four of eight majors played between the 2017 U.S. Open and 2019 PGA Championship, but injuries have slowed him since.


Louis Oosthuizen

Age: 39

World ranking: 31

Career top-level wins: 9

Most recent: 2018

The 2010 British Open winner finished second or third at the final three majors in 2021; this year’s results haven’t been as good.


Bryson DeChambeau

Age: 28

World ranking: 37

Career top-level wins: 9

Most recent: 2021

The brainy, beefy big hitter ran away with the 2020 U.S. Open before dealing with a host of injuries.


Kevin Na

Age: 38

World ranking: 34

Career top-level wins: 5

Most recent: 2021

Na went seven years between victories before a career resurgence in his late 30s.


Jason Kokrak

Age: 37

World ranking: 38

Career top-level wins: 3

Most recent: 2021

Before leaving for LIV, Kokrak didn’t have a top-10 PGA Tour finish since winning the Houston Open in November.


Talor Gooch

Age: 30

World ranking: 45

Career top-level wins: 1

Most recent: 2021

Gooch earned a spot in all four majors for the first time this year but finished no better than 14th, with one missed cut.


Harold Varner III

Age: 32

World ranking: 46

Career top-level wins: 1

Most recent: 2022

Varner’s lone professional win came on a miracle shot at a European tour event in Saudi Arabia earlier this year.


Patrick Reed

Age: 32

World ranking: 50

Career top-level wins: 9

Most recent: 2021

Reed won the 2018 Masters but has dealt with on- and off-course controversies.


Cameron Tringale

Age: 35

World ranking: 55

Career top-level wins: 1

Most recent: 2014

Tringale posted five top 10s this season but his lone win came at a team event eight years ago.


Marc Leishman

Age: 38

World ranking: 62

Career top-level wins: 7

Most recent: 2021

Leishman missed the cut in 5 of 10 tournaments to close his PGA Tour season.


Matthew Wolff

Age: 23

World ranking: 100

Career top-level wins: 1

Most recent: 2019

Only Ben Crenshaw, Tiger Woods and Wolff have won an NCAA championship and a PGA Tour event in the same year.


Branden Grace

Age: 34

World ranking: 145

Career top-level wins: 12

Most recent: 2022

Grace won the second LIV Golf tournament in Oregon in early July.

On the downswing

Paul Casey

Age: 45

World ranking: 33

Career top-level wins: 18

Most recent: 2021

He’s one of the better LIV players to never win a major; 16 of his 18 career wins were in 2015 or earlier.


Sergio Garcia

Age: 42

World ranking: 74

Career top-level wins: 26

Most recent: 2020

Garcia has one win since his 2017 Masters title and has seen his world ranking steadily decline.


Richard Bland

Age: 49

World ranking: 79

Career top-level wins: 1

Most recent: 2021

The journeyman scored his only pro win last year at 48, when he also cracked the top 100 for the first time.


Lee Westwood

Age: 49

World ranking: 102

Career top-level wins: 27

Most recent: 2020

The former world No. 1 has 19 top-10 major finishes without a win.


Phil Mickelson

Age: 52

World ranking: 109

Career top-level wins: 47

Most recent: 2021

Once one of the sport’s most beloved players, the six-time major winner decided to spend his twilight golf years playing for LIV.


Ian Poulter

Age: 46

World ranking: 111

Career top-level wins: 15

Most recent: 2018

All but one of the Englishman’s victories came in 2012 or earlier. He’s better known for his Ryder Cup prowess.


Charl Schwartzel

Age: 37

World ranking: 126

Career top-level wins: 12

Most recent: 2016

Schwartzel’s final-round 66 to win the 2011 Masters was memorable, but the bulk of his success has come in Europe.


Charles Howell III

Age: 43

World ranking: 197

Career top-level wins: 3

Most recent: 2018

The PGA Tour veteran has earned millions over a lengthy career despite not winning all that often.


Henrik Stenson

Age: 46

World ranking: 179

Career top-level wins: 16

Most recent: 2017

The former British Open champion won the first LIV tournament he played in July.


Pat Perez

Age: 46

World ranking: 196

Career top-level wins: 3

Most recent: 2017

Perez once was No. 16 in the world but now is better known for his collection of Jordan sneakers.


Martin Kaymer

Age: 37

World ranking: 338

Career top-level wins: 12

Most recent: 2014

Kaymer’s three wins on U.S. soil were impressive — two majors and the 2014 Players Championship — but he hasn’t been relevant in years.


Wade Ormsby

Age: 42

World ranking: 362

Career top-level wins: 1

Most recent: 2017

The Australian has split time among the European, Asian and Australian tours, never making much of an impact.


Graeme McDowell

Age: 43

World ranking: 399

Career top-level wins: 14

Most recent: 2020

McDowell won the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, but his best years are well behind him.

Anonymous journeymen

Scott Vincent

Age: 30

World ranking: 81

Career top-level wins: 0

Vincent, from Zimbabwe, has won four times on Asian tours since August.


Matt Jones

Age: 42

World ranking: 82

Career top-level wins: 2

Most recent: 2021

The Australian’s PGA Tour victories came nearly seven years apart — in 2014 and 2021.


Anirban Lahiri

Age: 35

World ranking: 92

Career top-level wins: 2

Most recent: 2015

Both of the Indian golfer’s top-level wins came on the European tour in 2015.


Shaun Norris

Age: 40

World ranking: 93

Career top-level wins: 1

Most recent: 2022

Norris has played much of his career in Asia, Africa and Australia, but he won a European tour event in March.


Bernd Wiesberger

Age: 36

World ranking: 110

Career top-level wins: 8

Most recent: 2021

The Austrian has one top-10 finish this year and was near the bottom of the leader board at the first two LIV events.


Hudson Swafford

Age: 34

World ranking: 115

Career top-level wins: 3

Most recent: 2022

After winning in January at the American Express, Swafford missed seven cuts in 12 PGA Tour events before leaving for LIV.


Laurie Canter

Age: 32

World ranking: 139

Career top-level wins: 0

The Englishman has 11 career top-10 finishes, all since 2019 and all on the European tour.


Carlos Ortiz

Age: 31

World ranking: 146

Career top-level wins: 1

Most recent: 2020

With his win at the Houston Open, Ortiz became the third Mexican golfer to win on the PGA Tour and the first since Victor Regalado in 1978.


Sihwan Kim

Age: 33

World ranking: 157

Career top-level wins: 0

The American has spent nearly his entire career on the European and Asian Tours.


Adrian Otaegui

Age: 29

World ranking: 159

Career top-level wins: 3

Most recent: 2020

Otaegui has qualified for only four majors and missed the cut in three of them.


Peter Uihlein

Age: 33

World ranking: 361

Career top-level wins: 1

Most recent: 2013

Uihlein never lived up to the billing after becoming one of the world’s top amateurs.


Chase Koepka

Age: 28

World ranking: 1,615

Career top-level wins: 0

Brooks’s younger brother missed the cut in seven of his previous nine tournaments before joining LIV.

Youngsters

Sam Horsfield

Age: 25

World ranking: 95

Career top-level wins: 3

Most recent: 2022

The budding English star won in Belgium this year but missed the cut in all three major appearances.


Sadom Kaewkanjana

Age: 24

World ranking: 91

Career top-level wins: 0

The Thai golfer won an Asian Tour event this year, his second victory on that circuit.


Phachara Khongwatmai

Age: 23

World ranking: 142

Career top-level wins: 0

Another up-and-coming Thai golfer, Khongwatmai won an Asian Tour event in December.


Jediah Morgan

Age: 22

World ranking: 296

Career top-level wins: 0

Morgan won a PGA Tour of Australasia event in January in only his fourth professional tournament.


Turk Pettit

Age: 23

World ranking: 650

Career top-level wins: 0

Pettit won the 2021 NCAA championship at Clemson. He finished 45th and 46th out of 48 at the first two LIV tournaments.


James Piot

Age: 23

World ranking: 2,326

Career top-level wins: 0

Piot turned pro in May and jumped to LIV after missing the cut at all six PGA Tour events he played.


Eugenio Chacarra

Age: 22

World ranking: 2,326

Career top-level wins: 0

The Spaniard left Oklahoma State early — he was a first-team all-American — to join LIV.

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