Top amateur golfer Puig turns pro, joins LIV tour


TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona State Senior Golfer David Puig announced his decision to skip his senior season and turn pro Monday via an Instagram post.

He has not stated what professional tour he would be joining or when he would begin his professional career in the position, but he is listed on the LIV Golf website as a roster member and according to Puig’s LIV Golf bio he will make his pro debut at the LIV Golf Invitational Chicago, to be played September 16-18 at Rich Harvest Farms.

Puig is now the second college golfer to drop out of LIV Golf. Eugenio Chacarra left Oklahoma State for his senior year to join the upstart tour.

Now it’s Puig, who, like Chacarra, gave the impression over time that he would enter the professional ranks after the 2023 NCAA Championships. In a twist of fate, Puig kicks off his professional career 100 miles from where his college teammates will play this weekend at Olympia Fields in the Fighting Illini Invitational.

Puig currently ranks ninth in the World Amateur Golf Rankings and 100th in Golfweek’s collegiate individual rankings. He is a two-time All-American and finished T-11th in last year’s NCAA individual championships.

Puig waited to declare himself as a professional until he competed in the U.S. Amateur Championships in August and the World Amateur Championships earlier this month. But a jump to LIV Golf was a subject he couldn’t avoid after playing two LIV tournaments as an amateur over the summer.

He finished 40th in London and 42nd in New Jersey to earn $267,000 in prize money, but did not accept it to maintain his amateur status, which he left Monday.

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