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BOSTON: LIV Golf on Tuesday announced the course for its fourth event of the year, the LIV Golf Invitational Boston, which kicks off Sept. 2-4 at The International.

The field includes six players making their LIV Golf debut: 2022 Open Champion Cameron Smith, Chilean Joaquin Niemann, Harold Varner III, Cameron Tringale, Marc Leishman and India’s top pro, Anirban Lahiri.

They join the field of 48 players competing in Massachusetts. Two-time Masters champion and former world No. 2 Bubba Watson will also make his first appearance at LIV Golf, making his debut as a non-playing captain and contributing to live event coverage.

As world number 2, Smith becomes the highest ranked player to compete in a LIV Golf event.

He has eight professional wins, including the Players Championship earlier this year. The 29-year-old Australian joins the list of LIV golfers who have met the minimum eligibility requirements for the World Golf Hall of Fame, although he must wait another 16 years to the minimum age of 45 before qualifying. to be officially considered.

Smith has amassed 48 other top-10 finishes and is a consistent contender in the majors. A two-time Australian PGA Championship winner, he has also represented his country in international team competitions including the 2018 World Cup, 2019 Presidents Cup and the Tokyo Olympics.

Niemann jumped onto the world golf scene as a teenager. As the No. 1 player in the World Amateur Golf Rankings for 44 weeks between 2017 and 2018, he scored victories against top international players on the Chilean circuit before turning professional in April 2018. The current world No. 19 has two professional wins, 26 top-10 finishes and represented Chile as part of the international squad at the 2019 Presidents Cup and Tokyo Olympics.

Varner, currently 46th in the world, is a two-time winner as a professional, including the 2015 Australian PGA Championship and the 2022 PIF Saudi International presented by Softbank Investment Partners.

The memorable Asian Tour event featured a thrilling ending, where he sank a 92-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole to defeat Watson with one stroke. Always a fan favorite, Varner has 24 top-10 finishes during his professional career, which began in 2012 after a successful career at East Carolina University where he earned Player of the Year honors. of the American Conference.

Leishman has 13 professional wins and 64 other top-10 finishes, including three notable performances at the Masters and The Open Championship. A former rookie of the year ranked 12th in the world, the Australian is a constant competitor on the international stage, including at the Tokyo Olympics, two World Cups and four Presidents Cups.

For more than 80 consecutive weeks, Tringale ranked among the top 100 players in the world. The California native has 30 top-10 finishes in his career and was a three-time NCAA All-American at Georgia Tech. Lahiri, a two-time Olympian for India, has amassed 18 wins and another 55 top 10s throughout his professional career.

A 2022 Players Championship runner-up to Smith, he has twice represented the international team at the Presidents Cup, is Asia’s representative in the EurAsia Cup three times and has twice appeared in the World Cup.

Boston’s home ground features seven players ranked No. 1 in their respective countries, 12 major champions with a total of 22 majors, and four former world No. 1 players. The world squad has 13 Olympians, represents 14 different countries, has 20 players with 10 or more professional wins and includes current and future stars.

Players will compete in golf’s most exciting new format for $25 million and the chance to become LIV Golf’s fourth individual and team champions and earn points towards LIV Golf’s individual season competition.

“LIV Golf is showing the world that our truly global league attracts the best players in the world and will move the game into the future for the next generation,” said Greg Norman, CEO and Commissioner of LIV Golf. “The best and the brightest continue to embrace the enthusiasm and energy of LIV Golf and what we are building: a tangible league for team golf that will connect to new audiences all over the world. We look forward to getting started at the International and delivering another memorable event experience for fans.

The 48-man field will play through 12 teams of four players each. The teams will be announced in the coming days.

Naomi C. Amerson