LIV Golf Tour Shifting The Landscape Of The Sport
Day three of the inaugural Saudi-backed LIV Golf event is here with a first winner set to be crowned on the rebel tour. Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel has seized the lead entering the home straight, ahead of compatriot and Stinger teammate Hennie Du Plessis. Dustin Johnson’s charge fell a little short, but the former World No 1 remains in contention, with the winner pocketing $4m.
The final day of play as more players are expected to jump ship from the PGA Tour. On Friday, Bryson DeChambeau was announced the latest star to join the breakaway series and it followed the confirmation from the PGA Tour that rebel players who participate in this or any future LIV Golf event have been suspended with immediate effect.
The stunning news further entrenched both sides in the battle that threatens to change the sport as we know it and was welcomed by players such as Rory McIlroy, who has remained committed to the PGA. It came as Ian Poulter, one of the 17 golfers sanctioned by the PGA Tour, stated his intention to appeal the suspension. “It makes no sense,” Poulter said. “I didn’t resign my membership because I don’t feel I have done anything wrong. I have played all over the world for 25 years. This is no different… it’s a power struggle and it’s just disappointing.” Follow all the action from the final day of the inaugural event of the controversial tour, below:
LIV Golf: Team leaderboard
1. STINGER GC – Total: -15
RD 2: Counting Scores: Schwartzel 66, du Plessis 68
2. GC CRUSHERS – Total: -8
RD 2: Counting Scores: Uihlein 66, Smyth 69
3. MAJESTICKS GC – Total: -6
RD 2: Counting Scores: Poulter 66, Horsfield 70
RD 2: Counting Scores: Bekker 67, Johnson 70
Jamie Braidwood11 June 2022 13:25
LIV Golf: Leaderboard
Charl Schwartzel (65, 66)
Selected others: Dustin Johnson (-1), Sergio Garcia (+1), Ian Poulter (+1), Phil Mickelson (+4)
Jamie Braidwood11 June 2022 13:15
Delaney: Will football ever have its own LIV Golf? It’s already here
Given the number of football people who are still obsessed with golf, many have naturally been messaging friends on the tour about the LIV controversy. The responses have been as varied as they have been predictable. Some are aghast at golf’s august institutions being ravaged, some think it’s fair enough to take the money. A core of the game’s officials fear something similar again for football, others are sensing more opportunity.
Many are describing it as “golf’s European Super League moment”, and it is why the threat of that project is still so pertinent. Its next steps will dictate the future of the game, and decide whether anything even worse – such as LIV Soccer – is yet possible in football.
piece by The Independent’s chief football writer Miguel Delaney:
Jamie Braidwood11 June 2022 13:05
What is the prize fund?
Each regular season event will have a prize fund of $25m – every player in the field receives a cut, with a guaranteed $4m for first and $120,000 for last place. Of the $25m, $5m will be split between the top three teams.
The top three players in the overall individual championship will receive a split of $30m, with the overall champion taking $18m, the runner-up receiving $8m and third place getting $4m.
The season-ending team championship has a prize fund of $50m, with the winning team splitting $16m and the team who finishes last receiving $1m. Each player receives a 25 percent cut.
For comparison, the winner of the PGA Championship, one of golf’s four majors, receives $3m out of a total prize fund of $15m.
Jamie Braidwood11 June 2022 12:55
How will the season work?
The LIV Golf London event at Centurion Club is the first of seven ‘regular season’ events to take place in its inaugural year, with the season-ending team championship closing the year as the final event of the season.
The team championship will see all 12 teams seeded and a four-day knockout tournament will be played using match play scoring to determine the winner, with a championship match taking place on the final day.
An individual champion will also be crowned using points accumulated over the seven ‘regular season’ events.
- LIV Golf London, Centurion Club – June 9-11
- LIV Golf Portland, Pumpkin Ridge – June 30 – July 2
- LIV Golf Bedminster, 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 Braidwood11 June 2022 12:45
When does it start and is it on TV?
The third and final round kicks off with a shotgun start at 2:15pm on Saturday 11 June.
LIV Golf has yet to be picked up by a major broadcaster in the UK.
However, the action will be live streamed for free on the LIV Golf YouTube channel and Facebook page.
Jamie Braidwood11 June 2022 12:35
What are the rules?
LIV Golf Series events will be played over three days and 54 holes, rather than the traditional four-day events with 72 holes. There won’t be a cut, either, so the 48 players who start 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 who shoots the lowest score over 54 holes, as normal.
The team competition, however, will be made up of 12 teams of four players, with team captains up selecting the teams using a ‘snake draft’ ahead of the opening event at Centurion Club. Teams will also have their own unique names and logos.
In terms of scoring, the best two individual scores will count towards the team’s overall total across the opening two rounds, with the best three scores combining on the third and final round. The team with the lowest overall score at the end of the third round will be the winner.
Jamie Braidwood11 June 2022 12:25
What is LIV Golf?
Reports of a new breakaway league first emerged in 2019 but gathered pace last year as two-time Open champion Greg Norman became the face of the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series as its chief executive.
With Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund financing the series, there is a clear link to the Saudi Arabia government, whose record on human rights has been criticized by groups such as Amnesty International.
But what for a long time was considered to be a bargaining threat to the traditional PGA and DP World Tours and nothing more took shape as the LIV Golf Series, which also features new competition rules and what tournament organizers say is an “exciting” new format .
Jamie Braidwood11 June 2022 12:15
LIV Golf: Bryson DeChambeau becomes latest player to join tour
The former US Open champion and eight-time winner on the PGA Tour joins the likes of Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson in switching to the Saudi-backed breakaway series.
The PGA Tour confirmed on Thursday that all players currently playing at the opening event in St Albans this week and any who play in future events are indefinitely suspended.
“Bryson DeChambeau is an exciting addition to LIV Golf’s supercharged style of play. He is passionate about the sport, innovative in his approach and committed to pushing the boundaries in pursuit of excellence,” said LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman upon the announcement.
Jamie Braidwood11 June 2022 12:05