LIV Golf Tour Changing the landscape of the sport
The second day of the inaugural LIV Golf event, backed by Saudi Arabia, begins today amid the ongoing war of words between the PGA Tour and the controversial breakaway series. After months of speculation, the inaugural tournament began yesterday at the Centurion Club in St Albans, but received confirmation from the PGA Tour that rebellious players taking part in the event have been suspended with immediate effect.
The shocking news further enriched both sides in the battle that threatens to change the sport as we know it and was welcomed by players like Rory McIlroy, who has remained committed to the PGA. It came when Ian Poulter, one of 17 golfers sanctioned by the PGA Tour, declared his intention to appeal the suspension. “It doesn’t make sense,” Poulter said. “I did not give up my affiliation because I do not feel that I have done anything wrong. I’ve played all over the world for 25 years. It’s no different … it’s a power struggle and it’s just disappointing. “
Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia are among the other big names competing in the opening event. On the course, the score was led by former Master Champion Charl Schwartzel after an initial round of 65. Follow all the action of the inaugural act of the controversial tour, below:
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LIV Golf: What is the prize fund?
Each regular season event will have a $ 25 million prize pool: each player on the field will receive a cut, with $ 4 million guaranteed for first place and $ 120,000 for last place. Of the $ 25 million, $ 5 million will be shared between the top three teams.
The top three players in the overall individual championship will receive a $ 30 million deal, the overall champion will receive $ 18 million, the runner-up will receive $ 8 million and the third place winner will receive $ 4 million.
The end-of-season team championship has a prize pool of $ 50 million, with the winning team handing out $ 16 million and the team finishing last receiving $ 1 million. Each player receives a 25% cut.
For comparison, the winner of the PGA Championship, one of the top four golfers, receives $ 3 million from a total prize pool of $ 15 million.
Jamie Braidwood June 10, 2022 11:30 AM
LIV Golf: How will the season work?
The LIV Golf London event at the Centurion Club is the first of seven “regular season” events to take place in the opening year, with the end-of-season team championship closing the year as the final event of the season. .
The team championship will see all 12 teams head to head and a four-day play-off tournament will be played using the match play score to determine the winner, with a championship match taking place on the final day.
An individual champion will also be crowned with the points accumulated during the seven tests of the “regular season”.
- LIV Golf London, Centurion Club – June 9-11
- LIV Portland Golf, Pumpkin Ridge – June 30 – July 2
- LIV Bedminster Golf, Trump National – July 29-31
- LIV Golf Boston, Greater Boston – September 2-4
- LIV Golf Chicago, Rich Harvest Farms: September 16-18
- LIV Golf Bangkok, Stonehill – October 7-9
- LIV Golf Jeddah, Royal Greens – October 14-16
- LIV Golf Miami, Trump National Doral – October 27-30
Jamie Braidwood June 10, 2022 11:20 AM
LIV Golf: When does it start and go on TV?
The second round starts with a shotgun at 2.15pm on Thursday 10 June.
LIV Golf has not yet been picked up by a major UK broadcaster.
However, the action will be streamed live on YouTube’s LIV Golf Facebook page.
Jamie Braidwood June 10, 2022 11:10 AM
What is LIV Golf?
Reports of a new breakaway league first appeared in 2019, but picked up the pace last year as two-time Open champion Greg Norman became the executive director of the LIV Golf Series , supported by Saudi Arabia.
With the series being funded by the Saudi Public Investment Fund, there is a clear link with the Saudi government, its human rights record has been criticized by groups such as Amnesty International.
But what has long been considered a bargaining chip for traditional PGA and DP World Tours and nothing else took shape like the LIV Golf Series, which also includes new competition rules and what tournament organizers say is a new “exciting” format.
What are the rules?
The LIV Golf Series events will be played over three days and 54 holes, instead of the traditional four-day events with 72 holes. There will be no cuts either, so the 48 players starting the week will play all three rounds.
There will also be individual and team competitions within the same event. The individual competition will be won by the player with the lowest score in 54 holes, as usual.
The team competition, however, will consist of 12 teams of four players, and the team captains will select the teams using a “snake draft” before the opening ceremony at the Centurion Club. Teams will also have their own unique names and logos.
In terms of scoring, the top two individual scores will count toward the team’s overall total during the first two rounds, and the top three scores are combined in the third and final round. The team with the lowest overall score at the end of the third round will be the winner.
Jamie Braidwood June 10, 2022 11:05 AM
Scott Vincent, Phachara Khongwatmai
Justin Harding, Branden Grace
Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Sam Horsfield, Laurie Canter
Others selected: Sergio Garcia (+1), Graeme McDowell (+4), Lee Westwood (+5), Ian Poulter (+5)
Jamie Braidwood June 10, 2022 11:00 AM
Ian Poulter pledges to fight PGA Tour suspension
It came when Ian Poulter, one of 17 golfers sanctioned by the PGA Tour, declared his intention to appeal the suspension.
“It doesn’t make sense,” Poulter said. “I did not give up my affiliation because I do not feel that I have done anything wrong. I’ve played all over the world for 25 years. It’s no different … it’s a power struggle and it’s just disappointing. “
Lawrence Ostlere10 June 2022 10:57
The PGA Tour bans LIV Golf rebels
What a day yesterday. First came the news that the PGA Tour had banned LIV Golf rebels:
The PGA Tour has contacted all members of the PGA Tour to inform them that all participants in the LIV Golf Series with Saudi support, both in the opening competition on Thursday and in the future, will be suspended immediately. .
The suspensions also apply to players from other PGA circuits, such as Champions, Canada, Latin America and Korn Ferry Tours.
Lawrence Ostlere10 June 2022 10:53
Welcome to the second day’s live coverage from Centurion Club, while LIV Golf continues.
Lawrence Ostlere June 10, 2022 10:41 AM