September 25, 2022

The LIV Golf sequence is getting ready for its fourth occasion this week with the LIV Golf Invitational Boston.

Smith Open champion Cameron Smith has switched from the PGA Tour alongside Joaquin Niemann, Harold Varner III, Cameron Tringale, Marc Leishman and Anirban Lahiri, with all six gamers set to make their debuts this week.

The 29-year-old Australian’s transfer had been anticipated since he refused to distance himself from stories of becoming a member of up after successful the a hundred and fiftieth Open Championship at St Andrews final month.

It has been urged that Smith, the world quantity two who additionally received The Gamers Championship in March, may obtain 100million US {dollars} (£82.8million) for making the change.

He joins the likes of Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson, in addition to European Ryder Cup gamers Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Paul Casey and Sergio Garcia in signing up.

Right here’s the whole lot you could find out about golf’s latest tour.

What’s LIV Golf?

Experiences of a brand new breakaway league first emerged in 2019 however gathered tempo final 12 months as two-time Open champion Greg Norman grew to become the face of the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Collection as its chief govt.

With Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding Fund financing the sequence, there’s a clear hyperlink to the Saudi Arabia authorities, whose file on human rights has been criticised by teams akin to Amnesty Worldwide.

However what for a very long time was thought of to be a bargaining menace to the standard PGA and DP World Excursions and nothing extra, took form because the LIV Golf Collection, which additionally options new competitors guidelines and what match organisers say is an “thrilling” new format.

How a lot is the prize cash?

Every common season occasion could have a prize fund of $25m – each participant within the subject receives a minimize, with a assured $4m for first and $120,000 for final place. Of the $25m, $5m will likely be cut up between the highest three groups.

The highest three gamers within the total particular person championship will obtain a cut up of $30m, with the general champion taking $18m, the runner-up receiving $8m and third place getting $4m.

The season-ending group championship has a prize fund of $50m, with the successful group splitting $16m and the group who finishes final receiving $1m. Every participant receives a 25 per cent minimize.

By comparability, the winner of the PGA Championship, one in every of golf’s 4 majors, receives $3m out of a complete prize fund of $15m.

What are the principles?

LIV Golf Collection occasions will likely be performed over three days and 54 holes, reasonably than the standard four-day occasions with 72 holes. There received’t be a minimize, both, so the 48 gamers who begin the week will play all three rounds.

There may even be particular person and group competitions throughout the identical occasion. The person competitors will likely be received by the participant who shoots the bottom rating over 54 holes, as regular.

The group competitors, nonetheless, will likely be made up of 12 groups of 4 gamers, with group captains choosing the groups utilizing a ‘snake draft’ forward of every occasion. Groups may even have their very own distinctive names and logos.

When it comes to scoring, the perfect two particular person scores will depend in direction of the group’s total complete throughout the opening two rounds, with the perfect three scores combining on the third and ultimate spherical. The group with the bottom total rating on the finish of the third spherical would be the winner.

How will the season work and the place is the following occasion?

Boston would be the fourth of seven ‘common’ occasions this 12 months with the group championship forming the ultimate occasion of the season at Doral in Miami in October.

The group championship will see all 12 groups seeded and a four-day knockout match will likely be performed utilizing match play scoring to find out the winner, with a championship match happening on the ultimate day.

A person champion may even be topped utilizing factors amassed over the seven ‘common season’ occasions.

When is the Boston occasion?

The 54-hole match will start on Friday 2 September at Worldwide Golf Membership in Boston with the successful participant and group selected Sunday 4 September. Massachusetts is 5 hours behind the UK, so play will begin round 7pm BST every day.

Who’s enjoying?

The most important names initially included Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Louis Oosthuizen, Martin Kaymer, Sergio Garcia, Charl Schwartzel and Kevin Na. Nevertheless, after its first occasion, LIV Golf added main champions Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka and Patrick Reed to its ranks, earlier than tempting 2016 Open champion Henrik Stenson throughout forward of Bedminster – at which level the Swede was stripped of the Ryder Cup captaincy.

Full participant checklist for Boston occasion

Who’s within the subject?

  • Abraham Ancer
  • Adrian Otaegui
  • Anirban Lahiri
  • Bernd Wiesberger
  • Branden Grace
  • Brooks Koepka
  • Bryson DeChambeau
  • Cameron Smith
  • Cameron Tringale
  • Carlos Ortiz
  • Charl Schwartzel
  • Charles Howell III
  • Chase Koepka
  • Dustin Johnson
  • Eugenio Chacarra
  • Graeme McDowell
  • Harold Varner III
  • Henrik Stenson
  • Hudson Swafford
  • Ian Poulter
  • James Piot 
  • Jason Kokrak
  • Jediah Morgan
  • Joaquin Niemann
  • Kevin Na
  • Laurie Canter
  • Lee Westwood
  • Louis Oosthuizen
  • Marc Leishman
  • Martin Kaymer
  • Matt Jones
  • Matthew Wolff
  • Pat Perez
  • Patrick Reed
  • Paul Casey
  • Peter Uihlein
  • Phachara Khongwatmai
  • Phil Mickelson
  • Richard Bland
  • Sadom Kaewkanjana
  • Sam Horsfield
  • Scott Vincent
  • Sergio Garcia
  • Shaun Norris
  • Sihwan Kim
  • Talor Gooch
  • Turk Pettit
  • Wade Ormsby

Is it on TV?

LIV Golf has but to be picked up by a serious broadcaster within the UK.

Nevertheless, the motion is dwell streamed without spending a dime on the LIV Golf YouTube channel and Fb web page.

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