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Former LIV golfer Turk Pettit is battling to secure a PGA Tour card, despite competing in all eight events during the Saudi-backed league’s inaugural season.

As it stands, LIV players are still banned from competing in PGA Tour events, and the outcome of the recent framework peace deal with the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia (PIF) bankrolling the circuit is yet to be determined.

It was perhaps surprising then, that the 24-year-old American Pettit was among the names bidding to secure to his card via the PGA Tour’s Qualifying School.

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Pettit, the 2021 NCAA individual champion, is no longer part of the LIV roster and has been playing his golf on the Asian Tour this season.

But he now appears to have been cleared to fight for his first full PGA Tour card through one of the five spots on offer at Q School.

And Pettit has already made it through the first stage, finishing on -10 at a qualifying tournament in Montgomery, Texas to finish eighth, with the top 19 players advancing to the next stage.

After securing his spot by three strokes, Pettit will now progress through to one of the five second stage events taking place in November.

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If he makes it through that, he will tee it up in the final event at TPC Sawgrass from December 14 to 17.

Before competing full time on the Asian Tour and bidding to earn his PGA Tour playing rights, Pettit was part of Bubba Watson’s Niblicks GC side, which has since been rebranded as the Range Goats.

His highest finish across the eight events was a tie for sixth at LIV Golf Bedminster. There were four finishes in the bottom 10 of the 48 player fields and his other best result was T27 in Thailand.

Pettit was inevitably replaced ahead of the 2023 campaign, but not before banking $1,691,000 in LIV Golf prize money for the 2022 season.

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Ben Parsons joined bunkered as a Content Producer in 2023 and is the man to come to for all of the latest news, across both the professional and amateur games. Formerly of The Mirror and Press Association, he is a member at Halifax Golf Club and is a long-suffering fan of both Manchester United and the Wales rugby team.

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