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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Let’s start with the alternate reality. Because it would be more believable. This is where James Piot is a fifth-year senior Michigan State graduate, a young man who leaves to carve marks on the walls of the first professional golf courses – places in the Monday qualifiers, the pursuit of his card Korn Ferry Tour, maybe some mini-tour debut. You wouldn’t have heard of James Piot. He would be another name in the long line of wanderers chasing PGA Tour dreams.
But that’s not how it happened.
Instead, Piot, all 23, is one of the more unexpected characters in the extraordinary theater that is LIV Golf’s savage attempt to bulldoze the golf course’s industrial complex and overthrow (or destabilize ) both the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour (aka the European Tour). Those running the LIV Golf Invitational Series have identified Piot as a strategic entrant in its upcoming eight-event season. He is the reigning American Amateur Champion and carries some recognition. Piot has been speculated to receive north of seven figures for going on the tour, with figures ranging from $2 million to $6 million. Piot, himself, says that “none of them have been exact”. For this story, The Athletic could not determine the exact figure, but can report, via a source, that Piot is indeed locked in to play all seven LIV events leading up to the Tour’s end-of-season Tag Team Championship at the Trump. National Doral, which he hopes to qualify for.
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