Rising Zimbabwe professional golf star Kieran Vincent has an opportunity to join his brother Scott on the money-spinning Liv Golf League when he takes part in the LIV Golf Promotions event in the United Arab Emirates next month.
The tournament will be staged from December 8-10 at the iconic Abu Dhabi Golf Club with four rounds of golf played over three days, including 36 holes on the final day.
Three best finishers in the event which carries a US $1.5 million total prize purse will be drafted to a LIV Golf team for next season.
After a brilliant season on the Asian Tour where he finished fourth on the International Series Order of merit, the golfer who turns 26 today, is of the eight who secured an automatic bye into the second round of the LIV Golf Promotions after the season ending BNI Indonesia Masters last weekend.
The gesture was extended to all the top eight players on the Order Of Merit.
Interestingly the top eight finishers in the International Standings represent eight different countries – with winner Andy Ogletree from the USA while second placed David Puig flies the Spain flag and New Zealand’s Ben Campbell was third.
Vincent closed the season in fourth pushing Japanese Takumi Kanaya into fifth place while Wade Ormsby (Australia) and Gunn Charoenkul (Thailand) and Bhullar (India) respectively, complete the top eight.
Vincent, the International Series Vietnam winner, was delighted to claim an exemption and is seeking to become the second Vincent competing full-time in LIV Golf; his older brother Scott was the International Series winner last year, played for Iron Heads GC in 2023, and earned a spot in 2024 with a Top 24 Lock Zone finish.
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“Every week is an important week in golf but the fact that this one could have playing rights next year on LIV, I can’t wait to get there. I have never been to Abu Dhabi and it is going to be a great event,” he said.
The Zimbabwean was a reserve player at several LIV Golf tournaments in 2023, as was Ormsby and Ogletree.
Bhullar walked away with much more than the trophy and bumper $US 270,000 winner’s cheque at the BNI Indonesian Masters presented by TNE last weekend.
His brilliant wire-to-wire victory also secured the all-important eighth place on The International Series Order of Merit standings, a result that secured an automatic bye into round two of the LIV Golf Promotions event and took the Indian a step closer to one of three golden tickets to the LIV Golf League roster next season.
Going into the weekend, Bhullar was sitting 46th in the standings, outside the top 40 which would generate seven second-round exemptions from those placed two to eight, and 25 first-round places for Asian Tour players.
The 11-time Asian Tour winner booked the final berth in the second round and edged out Phachara Khongwatmai into a first-round spot, the Thai star just falling short of that bye despite a rollercoaster third place at the Hong Kong Open last week.
Ogletree already is guaranteed a spot in the 2024 LIV Golf League and Puig played in LIV this season and is a free agent after his contract expired and is an attractive option for any team with an open spot.
In-form BNI Indonesia Masters runner-up Karandeep Kochhar was also celebrating his big result as the brilliant final-round 63 took him into from 37th and up to 15th, for one of 25 places on the first round of the LIV Golf Promotions event.
Kochhar has been a big mover in the past three weeks, coming out of nowhere with an impressive T5 in the Volvo China Open and a T25 at the Hong Kong Open before his runner-up spot at the Royale Jakarta.
Ogletree had already wrapped up the Order of Merit and LIV Golf League golden ticket last week at the Hong Kong Open, the penultimate tournament on The International Series, the schedule of 10 elevated marquee events on the Asian Tour.
INTERNATIONAL SERIES TOP 8
- Andy Ogletree
- David Puig
- Ben Campbell
- Kieran Vincent
- Takumi Kanaya
- Wade Ormsby
- Gunn Charoenkul
- Gaganjeet Bhullar