In June, Andy Ogletree took part in the LIV Golf opening tournament at the Centurion Club in London. However, he finished last in the individual event, ensuring it would be his one and only appearance in the company’s opening season.

Although the American’s association with the organization led by Greg Norman was only fleeting, he still received a suspension from the PGA Tour, leaving him with limited options as to where he could exercise his power. job.

Speaking to Sports Illustrated (opens in a new tab), Ogletree confirmed that it was his poor performance that cost him further appearances – although he thought he would get more opportunities. He said: “I kind of got kicked off because I played badly. I wanted to play them all. I understood that I had to play more than once. But after the big turnout they had, everyone seemed to want to play, I just didn’t take advantage of the opportunity.

It was a costly failure as Ogletree was not only suspended by the PGA Tour, but also kicked out of the Korn Ferry Tour. Ogletree explained that this left him with nowhere to play. He said: “There wasn’t even qualifying on Monday. I had no place to play. I was not at the event and was unable to attend. And I found out I was suspended after I started [at the LIV event]. I couldn’t believe how much it exploded. I was on the same list as Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson. And everyone thought I was banned for life.

Thanks to LIV Golf’s association with the Asian Tour and its International Series, the 24-year-old not only revived his career, but also scored his first professional win at the International Series Egypt event over the weekend. . Now Ogletree says that despite the uncertainty of his ill-fated appearance at LIV Golf, he doesn’t regret the move. He said: “I have no regrets. It gave me a place to play. It also gave me the opportunity to participate in the Asian Tour. My big thing was that I just wanted a guaranteed place to play. I didn’t feel like I was improving playing the Monday qualifiers. And do mini-tours.

LIV Golf is known for generously rewarding its players, and Ogletree was no exception. Although he finished low in that opening event, he still claimed $120,000 in prize money, which he says was worthwhile. He said: “It definitely helped me earn money and fund what I was doing for the rest of the year.”

Following his success at Madinaty Golf Club, which netted another windfall of $270,000, Ogletree plans to compete in the next event of the International Series in Indonesia. Meanwhile, the victory also earned him a two-year exemption on the Asian tour. Not only that, but with his suspension from the PGA Tour lifted on January 1, 2023, he will then be able to participate in that and the Korn Ferry Tour provided he no longer appears in LIV Golf events.

After recovering from hip surgery, Ogletree said his victory in Egypt could mark the start of an upward trajectory on a career that appeared in limbo less than six months ago. He said: “I worked very hard. The hip operation last year was a setback. This year I tried to keep my body healthy and I really stayed on top of that and worked really hard to play good golf again. It’s been building for a year and a half. »