How Did LIV Players Do At The Dubai Desert Classic?

With limited opportunities for players on the European and PGA Tours to go head to head with LIV’s players, the Dubai Desert Classic might tell us something about the relative strength of those tours.

Of the fifteen LIV players teeing it up, Patrick Reed had the best finish, with a solo second behind Rory McIlroy. Reed was, however, embroiled in yet another controversy, this time involving identification of a ball in a tree. LIV’s partisan tweet bots went full-on “whatabout” in return, complaining about a McIlroy drop.

Ian Poulter, Richard Bland and Henrik Stenson finished inside the top ten.

Four LIV players in the top ten, versus eight non-LIV players.

After that, performance drops off quite a bit. Three of the fifteen missed the cut.

The average finish of LIV players was 45. The median was 51. I will leave it to you, gentle reader, to make an assessment of whether that is good, bad or indifferent.

There were 132 players in the Dubai Desert Classic field.

A chart showing LIV player results in the Dubai Desert Classic field are below

Patrick Reed2
Ian Poultert6
Richard Blandt8
Henrik Stensont8
Pablo Larrazabalt28
Adrian Otaeguit28
Hennie Du Plessis38
Oliver Bekkert51
Lee Westwoodt51
Justin Hardingt59
Sam Horsfieldt59
Shaun Norris65
Ross FisherMC (88)
Abraham AncerMC (88)
JC RitchieMC (104)

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