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LIV Golfers to face Rory McIlroy yet again at DP World Tour Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

By Matt Smith
While Rory Mcilroy narrowly missed out on the title at the DP World Tour’s flagship BMW PGA Championship last week at Wentworth, falling one stroke short of a playoff with Shane Lowry, much of the talk over the course of the tournament was about the presence of certain players in the field.

The Northern Irish world No. 2 had been outspoken in his displeasure at seeing 17 LIV Golf players teeing it up at the Rolex Series event, saying it made him “sick to my stomach” to see those golfers who had moved on from the DP World Tour and PGA Tour still eligible to compete at Wentworth.

Now, it looks like he will have to go through it all again at the end of September as the official entry list for the famous Alfred Dunhill Links Championship — held over the Old Course St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns in Scotland —  has 11 LIV Golf players’ names on it.

Players who compete on the LIV tour are banned from playing on the PGA Tour, but are still eligible for DP World events as an attempted suspension was temporarily blocked by a UK arbiter.

The 11 LIV golfers expected to line up in Scotland for the $5 million event are Abraham Ancer, Louis Oosthuizen, Talor Gooch, Jediah Morgan, Shaun Norris, Richard Bland, Branden Grace, Peter Uihlein, Laurie Canter, Charl Schwartzel and Adrian Otaegui.

So when McIlroy returns to St Andrews later this month, he can expect to answer questions on a subject other than his missed putts at the Open Championship on the Old Course in July, when his major drought continued and he missed out to eventual champ Cameron Smith — who is now a LIV golfer…

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