Arizona State Senior Golfer David Puig Turns Pro, Joins LIV Golf Tour

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

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

Puig is now the second college golfer to waive his eligibility to join LIV Golf. Eugenio Chacarra left Oklahoma State before his senior year to join the upstart tour.

Now it is Puig who, like Chacarra, has given the impression over time that he will enter the professional ranks after the 2023 NCAA championships. In a twist of fate, Puig will start his professional career 62 miles away. where his college teammates will play this weekend at Olympia Fields in the Fighting Illini Invitational.

Puig is currently ranked ninth in the World Amateur Golf Rankings and 100th in Golfweek’s Individual Collegiate Rankings. He was a two-time All-American and finished T-11th at the NCAA Individual Championships last year.

Puig waited to declare himself a professional until he competed in the US Amateur in August and the World Amateur Tag Team Championships earlier this month. But a jump to LIV Golf was a topic 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 win $267,000 in prize money but did not accept it to retain his amateur status, which he left on Monday.