File under karma: The DP World Tour has banned LIV Golf league players from its circuit. Yet, to start the 2024 season, players from the upstart league have won four of the five European tour’s trophies.
How? Well, many DP World Tour events are co-sanctioned by another tour, usually a smaller tour, and those circuits have not banned LIV Golf players.
The Stinger GC’s Dean Burmester got the LIV winning streak started on the DPWT three weeks ago by claiming victory at the Joburg Open (co-managed by the Sunshine Tour), and then chased it with a another win in South Africa – this time at the Investec South African Open Championship, also co-managed by the Sunshine Tour.
Also, last weekend, Joaquin Niemann won the ISPS Handa Australian Open, co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australia, which also has not banned LIV Golf.
At Leopard Creek Country Club in Malelane, South Africa, Louis Oosthuizen kept the LIV Golf streak alive, making it four in a row, by winning the Alfred Dunhill Championship (also co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour).
“This is one of the tournaments that I’ve always wanted to win,” said the South African. “It took me a while. It’s always a great place coming back to.”
The victory was the 10th European tour title of Oosthuizen’s illustrious career, and first since the 2018 South African Open.
Oosthuizen (69) finished on 18 under, two shots clear of Stinger GC teammate, Charl Schwartzel (71).
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LIV Golf players will go for five in a row this week at the 2023 AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open at Heritage La Reserve Golf Club in Heritage Bel Ombre, Mauritius. The event is co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour and the Asian Tour.