The LIV Golf series gears up for its fifth event this week, with Open champion Cameron Smith preparing for his second appearance in the Saudi-backed series after a debut in Boston.
The Aussie joined Joaquin Niemann, Harold Varner III, Cameron Tringale, Marc Leishman and Anirban Lahiri from the PGA Tour, with the field also forming ahead of the 2023 season despite rumors of more players making the move in the coming weeks or months.
The front of the field is now more compelling than any previous event as Smith takes on Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Patrick Reed, Bryson DeChambeau and Lee Westwood.
The team event was dominated by the Four Aces and Johnson, Reed and co. are likely to remain favorites again despite the recent line-up change.
Here’s how to watch the Chicago event when LIV Golf returns:
Here’s everything you need to know about the latest golf tour.
What is LIV Golf?
Reports of a new breakaway league first surfaced in 2019 but picked up steam last year when two-time Open champion Greg Norman became the face of the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series as chief executive.
With the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund funding the series, there is a clear link to the Saudi Arabian government, whose human rights record has been criticized by groups like Amnesty International.
But what had long been considered a negotiation threat to the traditional PGA and DP World Tours and nothing more took shape as the LIV Golf Series, which also includes new competition rules and what tournament organizers say is an “exciting” format.
is it on tv
LIV Golf has yet to be picked up by a major UK broadcaster.
However, the action will be live streamed for free on the LIV Golf YouTube channel and Facebook page.
What are the rules?
LIV Golf Series events will be played over three days and 54 holes, rather than the traditional four-day, 72-hole events. There will also be no cut, so the 48 players starting the week play all three rounds.
There will also be individual and team competitions within the same event. As usual, the individual competition is won by the player who shoots the lowest number of points over 54 holes.
However, the team competition will consist of 12 teams of four players each, with team captains selecting teams through a snake draft before each event. The teams will also have their own unique names and logos.
In terms of scoring, the top two individual scores in the first two rounds count towards the team’s total score, with the top three scores being combined in the third and final rounds. The team with the lowest total points at the end of the third round is the winner.
How will the season go and where is the next event?
Chicago will be the fifth of seven “regular” events this year, with October’s team championship at Doral in Miami marking the final event of the season.
The Team Championship sees all 12 teams seeded and plays a four-day knockout tournament, where the winner is determined by match-play scoring, with a championship game on the final day.
A single champion will also be crowned with points accumulated across the seven “Regular Season” events.
When is the Chicago event?
The 54-hole tournament starts on Friday September 16th and runs through Sunday September 18th. The first round begins at 1:00 p.m. ET (6:00 p.m. BST) at Rich Harvest Farms, Sugar Grove, Illinois.
Initially, the biggest names included Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Louis Oosthuizen, Martin Kaymer, Sergio Garcia, Charl Schwarzel and Kevin Na. After its first event, however, LIV Golf added great champions Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka and Patrick Reed to its ranks before luring 2016 Open champion Henrik Stenson over in front of Bedminster – by which time the Ryder Cup was awarded to the Swede -Captain withdrawn. Cameron Smith and Joaquin Niemann headlined the final round of recruitment for this season, making their second appearance in Chicago.
Complete roster for the Chicago event
|MEX||Abraham Ancer||OUT||Jedia Morgan|
|CLOSELY||Richard Bland||United States of America||Kevin Well|
|CLOSELY||Laurie Canter||CHL||Joaquin Niemann|
|CLOSELY||Paul Casey||RSA||Shaun Norris|
|ESP||Eugenio Chacarra||RSA||Louis Osthuizen|
|United States of America||Bryson DeChambeau||OUT||Wade Ormsby|
|ESP||Sergio Garcia||MEX||Carlos Ortiz|
|United States of America||Talor Gooch||United States of America||Pat Perez|
|RSA||Branden Grace||United States of America||Turk Pettit|
|CLOSELY||Sam Horsfield||United States of America||James Pitt|
|United States of America||Charles Howell III||CLOSELY||Ian Poulter|
|United States of America||DustinJohnson||ESP||David Puig|
|OUT||Matthew Jones||United States of America||Patrick Reed|
|THE||Sadom Kaevkanjana||RSA||Charl Schwarzel|
|THE||Phachara Khongwatmai||SW||Henrik Stenson|
|United States of America||Siwan Kim||United States of America||Hudson Swafford|
|United States of America||Brooks Kopka||United States of America||Cameron Tringale|
|United States of America||Chase Koepka||United States of America||Peter Uihlein|
|United States of America||Jason Kokrak||United States of America||Harold Varner III|
|IND||Anirban Lahiri||ROOM||Scott Vincent|
|OUT||Marc Leishman||CLOSELY||Lee Westwood|
|NIR||Graem McDowell||AUT||Bernd Wiesberger|
|United States of America||Phil Mickelson||United States of America||Matthew Wolff|
What are the teams?
- 4 Aces GC – Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Pat Perez, Talor Gooch
- Hy Flyers GC – Phil Mickelson, Bernd Wiesberger, Matthew Wolff, Cameron Tringale
- Punch GC – Cameron Smith, Marc Leishman, Matt Jones, Wade Ormsby,
- Cleeks GC – Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, Laurie Canter, Richard Bland
- Iron Heads GC – Kevin Na, Sadom Kaewkanjana, Phachara Khongwatmai, Sihwan Kim
- Smash GC – Brooks Koepka, Jason Kokrak, Peter Uihlein, Chase Koepka
- Crushers GC – Bryson DeChambeau, Paul Casey, Charles Howell III, Anirban Lahiri,
- Majesticks GC – Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Henrik Stenson, Sam Horsfield
- Stinger GC – Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwarzel, Branden Grace, Shaun Norris
- Fireballs GC – Sergio Garcia, Abraham Ancer, Carlos Ortiz, Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra
- Niblicks GC – Bubba Watson (non-playing captain), Harold Varner III, Hudson Swafford, James Piot, Turk Pettit
- Torque GC – Joaquin Niemann, Scott Vincent, David Puig, Jediah Morgan
How much is the prize money?
Each regular season event has a $25 million prize fund – each player in the field gets a share, with a guaranteed $4 million for first place and $120,000 for last place. Of the $25 million, $5 million will be split between the top three teams.
The top three players in the overall singles championship will receive a share of $30 million, with the overall winner receiving $18 million, runner-up $8 million, and third-place $4 million.
The team championship at the end of the season has a purse of $50 million, with the winning team splitting $16 million and the team finishing last receiving $1 million. Each player receives a reduction of 25 percent.
In comparison, the winner of the PGA Championship, one of golf’s four majors, will receive $3 million out of a total prize fund of $15 million.
Individual prize money
team prize money
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