The PGA Tour has not experienced much competition in its existence. However, thanks to the Phil Mickelson drama and lots of money to back it, LIV Golf quickly skyrocketed and pushed itself to the forefront of the golf news. This week is the very first LIV Golf Tournament, taking place in London from June 9-11.
So, what is LIV Golf? Below, we will go over the LIV Golf format, field and teams for the London event this week.
What is LIV Golf? Tour Schedule, Prizes and More
Led by former golf star Greg Norman, LIV Golf International Series is a new golf league that is looking to compete with the PGA. LIV has received criticism due to the Saudi financial backing of the start-up league. The name is LIV because it is the Roman numeral for 54, which is the number of holes in each tournament.
For its first year, LIV Golf will feature seven regular-season tournaments and one team championship.
LIV Golf Prize Money, Purse, Payout
In total, $255 million will be awarded across the eight tournaments. Each regular-season tournament will have a $25 million purse, with $20 million in individual payouts and $5 million to the top three teams. After the seven regular-season tournaments, the top three scoring golfers will share an additional $30 million ($18 million, $8 million and $4 million each). The final $50 million will be awarded at the Team Championship.
It’s important to note that no golf will leave empty-handed, which is a big selling point. For the regular-season tournaments, $4 million is awarded to the winner and the last-place golfer still earns $120,000.
The LIV payouts are larger than that of the PGA.
LIV Golf Format
The LIV Golf events are all three-round, 54-hole contests. There are 48 players and no cuts. They also feature shotgun starts, meaning every golfer begins at the same time, but at a different hole.
Each tournament will be a three-round, 54-hole contest with 48 players and no cuts. The events feature shotgun starts (every player starts at the same time, but at a different hole) and a team element. Of course, there is also a team event, which has fans intrigued.
The individual scoring is judged by stroke play, like any other golf event you have seen. For the team events, there are 12 four-person groups that are determined by a draft during the week of each event. The best two stroke play scores over the first two rounds will count for each team, then the best three will count in the final round. The team with the lowest overall score after 54 holes will be named the team winner.
The Team Championship will be a four-day, four-round, match-play knock-out event in Miami from October 27-30.
LIV Golf Teams and Draft Results for London
The team names below all have golf connotations and end with "GC" for Golf Club. Captains (bolded) drafted their teams and had 54 seconds to make each pick. Along with 54 holes per tournament, the 54 seconds stick to the overall 54 theme. LIV, of course, is 54 in Roman numerals.
Here are the LIV Golf teams and draft results for London.
4 ACES GC
HY FLYERS GC
TK Chantananuwat (a)
IRON HEADS GC
Hennie du Plessis
David Puig (a)
James Piot (a)
Following the LIV Golf teams draft, Kevin Na and Peter Uihlein made a trade, exchanging Hideto Tanihara and Richard Bland.