NCAA Star David Puig Commits Future to LIV Golf

David Puig, LIV Golf,(Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)
David Puig, LIV Golf,(Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images) /

Just days after I featured some of the NCAA’s top upcoming talent, another member has made a decision on their professional career: David Puig.

Arizona State’s senior star has made the decision to forgo his senior season with the Sun Devils to begin his much-anticipated professional career. Where will he play? Puig will join Greg Norman on the LIV Golf Tour.

The 20-year-old was recently ranked 9th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, thanks to his 3 NCAA victories and 11th place finish at the most recent College Championships. Puig was also a two-time All-American in his 3 seasons.

This decision was somewhat expected after missing the Sun Devils’ first tournament last weekend in Arizona. However, Puig still intends to earn his education and graduate from Arizona State next year.

The decision to join LIV Golf does not come as a surprise to most. The young American has already appeared in two tournaments with them as an amateur. In those two events, he finished 40th and 42nd respectively. Not great finishes, but considering the future that Puig is expected to have, this addition is a huge win for Norman & Co.

As I have mentioned before, LIV Golf acquiring these young talents like Puig, along with Eugenio Chacarra, should be a huge concern for Jay Monahan and the PGA Tour.

David Puig made it clear that he was not earning anything from LIV Golf while he was an amateur. The only money that he is legally eligible to earn is from his name, image, or likeness. To date, LIV Golf states that Puig has made only $267,000. However, it’s clear that this number will change, and it will change fast.

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Greg Norman, David Puig, LIV Golf, (Photo by Tristan Fewings/LIV Golf/Getty Images) /

David Puig will make his professional debut at LIV Golf’s upcoming event in Chicago, beginning on September 16th.

He will be joining Joaquin Niemann’s team, Torque GC, alongside Scott Vincent and Jed Morgan, not the most dominant team, but certainly capable of surprising the field. Don’t forget Niemann was almost victorious in Boston, before eventually losing to Dustin Johnson in a playoff.

The addition of David Puig means that Adrian Otaegui is the odd man out, essentially placing him on the reserve list. A tough blow for any golfer, especially considering the lack of options that Otaegui and others will have to choose from should they decide to leave LIV Golf entirely.

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We will see how Puig fares as a professional when he tees off on September 16th for LIV Golf’s Chicago event.

Meanwhile, the new PGA season begins at the same time with the Fortinet Championship. The Fortinet Championship in California will feature Hideki Matsuyama, Max Homa, and many more. It is sure to be another great week of golf!