BANGKOK — Unlike many of the prominent players who are participating in the LIV Golf Invitational Series, Hideto Tanihara has no signed contract to play events, no commitment beyond the upcoming Asian events in Bangkok and Jeddah.

He’s here this week at Stonehill Golf Course because three other Japanese players who ranked higher than him on the Japan Golf Tour’s Order of Merit are not.

Yuki Inamori, Ryosuke Kinoshita, Jinichiro Kozuma and Tanihara had played at Trump Bedminster in July and formed an all-Japanese team in the LIV format. They were all set to play in the LIV Boston event several weeks later—and then they were not.

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