Viktor Hovland appears to have put the latest LIV Golf rumors to rest by confirming his participation in the Genesis Invitational this week.
The Ryder Cup star skipped the WM Phoenix Open last week to spark speculation he would become the latest PGA Tour star to join Saudi-backed LIV Golf, after Jon Rahm and Tyrrell Hatton.
But PGA Tour fans don’t seem to have anything to worry about at the moment as the Norwegian is set to compete with Tiger Woods and the rest of golf’s best at the prestigious Genesis.
Hovland’s sudden withdrawal from the Phoenix Open came as a surprise to many and could have been the start of something more sinister, especially after Hatton made the same move before the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am.
However, he will instead join Woods, Rory McIlroy and many other star names at Riviera.
The Genesis is one of the biggest events on the PGA Tour, with a total prize pool of $20 million up for grabs, and Hovland should be in the mix as talkSPORT 2 will be providing live commentary on the whole thing.
However, he didn’t have the best start to the season, failing to enter contention at the Sentry Tournament of Champions before falling apart in the face of a poor performance at Pebble Beach.
This poor form is a far cry from how he played last year.
But with him now playing in this event, it doesn’t seem like this lack of form has anything to do with the ongoing LIV rumors.
The 26-year-old has previously criticized LIV Golf and its format, suggesting he has no interest in the breakaway group.
Speaking to Eurosport Norway in December 2023, he said: “I don’t think their product is that great. I’m not so much a fan of, for example, playing uncut.
“You need a competition with 150 players and a cut. If you don’t play well enough, you’re out. There’s something about that that makes your game a little sharper.
“If I had gone to LIV, I don’t think I would have become a better golfer. And then that’s, kind of, the end of the discussion.”
So Hovland’s decision to commit to the Genesis appears to be good news for all PGA Tour fans.