When PGA Tour 2K23 launches in October, the HB Studios team may have some tough decisions to make regarding their roster. LIV Golf and the PGA Tour have been engaged in fierce off-course drama since LIV Golf’s debut in 2022. The dispute could spill over into video golf and affect players, but PGA Tour 2K23 likely won’t be affected at launch.


LIV Golf is financially backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and has lured many big names away from the PGA Tour with huge signing bonuses and larger tournament prize pools, as well as a shorter schedule. Phil Mickelson was reportedly offered $200 million to join LIV Golf, for example, and his comments explaining the decision were controversial. The PGA Tour commissioner has responded to the new competition by banning LIV golf professionals from PGA events, leaving many questions about how rosters PGA Tour 2K23 and EA Sports PGA Tour will be affected.

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How LIV Golf could affect the PGA Tour 2K23 roster

HB Studios was able to avoid any difficult decisions regarding the PGA Tour 2K23 roster at launch as none of the pros included in the initial roster signed with LIV Golf. That doesn’t mean things are going to change, as there are more defections to LIV Golf on a seemingly monthly basis. Some have been big names, like 2022 Players Championship winner Cameron Smith, who just signed with LIV Golf. The biggest question for PGA Tour 2K23 is whether it will remove anyone currently on their roster who signs with LIV Golf in the future. The most recognizable name in golf and PGA Tour 2K22 Cover athlete Tiger Woods reportedly declined an offer of between $700 million and $800 million to join LIV Golf earlier this year. The current list of PGA Tour 2K23 consists of:

  • Tiger Woods
  • Justin Thomas
  • Xander Schauffle
  • Tony Finau
  • Lexi Thompson
  • Lydia Ko
  • Brooke Henderson
  • Zatoris wall
  • Jon Rahm
  • Collin Morikawa
  • Ricky Fowler
  • Justin Rose

Most have been strong supporters of the PGA Tour since the controversy began. LIV Golf also doesn’t currently include women’s competition, so pros like Lexi Thompson and Lydia Ko might not be leaving anytime soon, which is good given the two. PGA Tour 2K23 and EA Sports PGA Tour added women’s golf in this latest episode. Still, HB Studios and EA must have a plan if a professional featured in their game leaves the PGA Tour for a rival.

The plan for PGA 2K23 if a golfer joins LIV Golf

Earlier this month, a PGA Tour 2K23 The spokesperson told GameSpot that there are no plans to remove the pros from the list. “Given the changing landscape of professional golf and the game’s development timelines, there will be players who were once active on the PGA Tour who will remain in the game,” they said. The promise of stability in PGA Tour 2K23 is a bright spot for the franchise, which will be competing against some of the most anticipated sports games of the year.

However, HB Studios and EA must decide what to do with DLC golfers who may leave the PGA Tour. 2K Sports has indicated that there will be expansions for PGA Tour 2K23, and while HB Studios has yet to share details on what those expansions look like, it’s possible they’ll be waiting as long as possible to respond to LIV Golf signers. The Spring 2023 release date for EA Sports PGA Tour means they won’t have to commit to a list yet, but PGA Tour 2K23 will have decisions to make sooner if a talent leaves the organization.

PGA Tour 2K23 is scheduled for October 14 on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.

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