LIV Golf – How It Works

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The LIV Golf series has been making waves for a long time with Phil Mickelson one of the first to commit to the new Tour.

Phil Mickelson

The new LIV Golf has certainly captured a lot of headlines since starting in early June, with some of the world’s top players taking their place in the new set up.

Golf fans have had a lot of questions about the International Series, asking where the tournaments will take place, who will feature and how it’s different to other Tours.

We’ve compiled all the details you need on LIV Golf.

How Does It Work

The LIV Golf Invitational Series takes place over eight tournaments, hosted at courses in England, America, Thailand and Saudi Arabia.

Each tournament will be played under a shorter three-round format, with the winner after 54 holes collecting a $4million first prize while the total purse per tournament is $25million.

Second place receives $2.125million, while the player that finishes a tournament in last place still picks up a cheque for $120,000.

There are just 48 players in the field and there are shotgun starts in each event, which means that every group tees off at the same time but start their rounds on different holes.

As well as the regular tournament, the golfers are also split into 12 four-man teams with the winning team collecting $750,000 each on top of their individual prize money.

LIV Golf Events

The inaugural tournament was held at Centurion Club in London, before four events in a row based in the USA – with Portland (July 2), Bedminster (July 31), Boston (Sept 4) and Chicago (Sept 18) playing host in that order.

Tournament six takes place in Bangkok from October 9, before the players head to Jeddah for the penultimate event of the first LIV Golf Invitational Series on October 16.

The final tournament of the 2022 series takes place at Doral in Miami on October 30 – with the purse increased to $30million for the individual tournament and $50million for the team event.

Big Name LIV Players

Six-time Major winner Phil Mickelson was one of the standout names to commit to the new Tour, but those towards the top of the world rankings have now stolen some of the limelight with their moves to LIV Golf.

Dustin Johnson was the first top-20 player to defect to LIV Golf, with the 2020 Masters winner then joined by the likes of Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka and Patrick Reed.

There are five other Major winners in the LIV ranks – Louis Oosthuizen, Martin Kaymer, Sergio Garcia, Graeme McDowell and Charl Schwartzel, who won the first event in 2022.

World number 22 Abraham Ancer was another big name to move from the PGA Tour in June, while Ryder Cup stars Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter are amongst the other standout names to join.

Who Else Might Join LIV Golf?

Almost every week there is another golfer linked with defecting to LIV Golf, with several other players expected to join the Invitational Series before the end of the summer.

Norwegian star Viktor Hovland is one name that has been mentioned on a number of occasions, while Collin Morikawa felt the need to publicly deny rumours about a possible switch.

Speculation has also surrounded US duo Xander Schauffele and Tony Finau, while Australian pair Adam Scott and Mark Leishman are potential targets for CEO Greg Norman.

Warren has been employed as a sport journalist for over two decades and as well as years of written experience, has also worked in other areas of the media including radio and television. Football has always been his number one passion, but has also commentated and written on a number of other sports including golf, cricket, tennis and rugby.
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