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LIV Golf Invitational field, Dustin Johnson, PGA Tour, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, Greg Norman, Matt Jones, video

Golf’s great shake-up is one step closer, with 42 of the 48 names revealed for the opening LIV Golf Invitational in London next week.

Extraordinarily, too, world No.13 and one of the biggest names in golf Dustin Johnson is amongst the field that will take to the tee at the Centurion Club that stands to share in the $USD25 million ($A35m) prizepool.

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The golf world has been left in shock after Masters champion and two-time major winner Dustin Johnson was named in the opening LIV Golf Invitational tournament. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Amongst the major-winning heavy list is Sergio Garcia, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel.

Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood are also included.

Four Australians have been included too, including PGA winner Matt Jones.

Interestingly Phil Mickelson, who hasn’t taken to the tee since falling on his own sword after causing the biggest stir in golf history, has not been named.

That does not mean the six-time major winner won’t be a late inclusion, with another six names to follow over the coming week, but his absence continues one of golf’s most baffling stories.

Phil Mickelson’s return to golf is still no closer after not being included in the 42 players named for the first LIV Golf Invitational at the Centurion Club. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Mickelson was forced to apologise and has since gone to ground after it was revealed he was playing the Saudi-backed LIV golf league against the PGA Tour to try and reshape the current status quo.

“They are scary motherfuckers to get involved with,” Mickelson said of Saudi Arabia. “We know they killed [Jamal] Khashoggi and have a horrible record on human rights. They execute people over there for being gay. Knowing all of this, why would I even consider it? Because this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reshape how the PGA Tour operates. They’ve been able to get by with manipulative, coercive, strong-arm tactics because we, the players, had no recourse.”

He delivered a half-hearted apology, saying his “off the record” speech had been taken “out of context”.

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But since the comments came to Earth, Mickelson has not played and sensationally withdrew from last month’s PGA Championship and thereby forfeited the chance to defend his title.

His fall was straight out of the Shakespearean school, having become the oldest major champion (50) by taking home the Wanamaker Trophy.

In a statement from Johnson’s management, it was confirmed the two-time major winner had been considering joining the LIV golf league for the “past couple of years”.

“Dustin has been contemplating the opportunity off-and-on for the past couple of years. Ultimately, he decided it was in his and his family’s best interest to pursue it,” David Winkle said of his client in a statement.

“Dustin has never had any issue with the PGA TOUR and is grateful for all it has given him, but in the end, felt this was too compelling to pass up.”

As well as Jones, fellow Australians Jediah Morgan, Wade Ormsby and Blake Windred are included.

Matt Jones is one of four Australians included in the 42-player field. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: AFP

While taking to the tee does not mean all 48 players will join the LIV Golf Invitational permanently, it is not known what punishment the PGA Tour and DW World Tour will hand out.

LIV CEO Greg Norman is hoping the mouth-watering money on offer will convince more of the world’s top players to join the rebel league.

“Quite honestly, it doesn’t matter who plays (initially), we’re going to put the event on,” Norman said in April. “There’s a $4 million ($A5.7m) first prize. I hope a kid who’s 350th in the world wins. It’ll change his life, his family’s life.

“And then a few of our events will go by and the top players will see someone winning $6 million, $8 million, and say ‘enough is enough, I know I can beat these guys week in, week out with my hands tied behind my back.’”

Here is the full field list (42 of 48 players announced):

Oliver Bekker, South Africa

Richard Bland, England

Laurie Canter, England

Ratchanon Chantananuwat (amateur), Thailand

Hennie Du Plessis, South Africa

Oliver Fisher, England

Sergio Garcia, Spain

Talor Gooch, USA

Branden Grace, South Africa

Justin Harding, South Africa

Sam Horsfield, England

Dustin Johnson, USA

Matt Jones, Australia

Sadom Kaewkanjana, Thailand

Martin Kaymer, Germany

Phachara Khongwatmai, Thailand

Sihwan Kim, USA

Ryosuke Kinoshita, Japan

Chase Koepka, USA

Jinichiro Kozuma, Japan

Pablo Larrazabal, Spain

Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland

Jediah Morgan, Australia

Kevin Na, USA

Shaun Norris, South Africa

Andy Ogletree, USA

Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa

Wade Ormsby, Australia

Adrian Otaegui, Spain

Turk Pettit, USA

James Piot (amateur), USA

Ian Poulter, England

David Puig (amateur), Spain

JC Ritchie, South Africa

Charl Schwartzel, South Africa

Hudson Swafford, USA

Hideto Tanihara, Japan

Peter Uihlein, USA

Scott Vincent, Zimbabwe

Lee Westwood, England

Bernd Wiesberger, Austria

Blake Windred, Australia

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