TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona State senior golfer David PuigThrough an Instagram post Monday, he announced his decision to skip senior season and become a pro through an Instagram post.
He didnt mention which professional tour he would join or when he would start his pro career. However, he is listed on LIV Golfs website and, according Puigs LIV Golf bio Puig, he will make a pro debut at LIV Golf Invitational Chicago which will be played at Rich Harvest Farms from Sept. 16-18.
Puig is the second college golfer who has renounced their eligibility to join LIV Golf. Eugenio ChacarraTo join the upstart tour, he left Oklahoma State University before his senior year.
Puig is now the pro, having, like Chacarra gave the impression that he would be entering the professional ranks following the 2023 NCAA Championships. Puig will begin his professional career 62 mi away from the Fighting Illini Invitational venue at Olympia Fields.
Puig is currently ranked 9th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. He also ranks 100th in Golfweek’s college individual rankings. He is a two-time All-American golfer and placed T-11th at the NCAA individual championships last season.
Puig didnt declare as a professional until after he competed at the U.S. Amateur in August and the World Amateur Team Championships this month. After playing in two LIV golf tournaments as an amateur, he felt the need to jump to LIV Golf.
He placed 40th in London, and 42nd in New Jersey. He earned $267,000 in prize cash. But he refused to accept it to maintain his amateur status, which was vacated Monday.