After months of hypothesis, the inaugural Saudi-backed LIV Golfing match takes position this weekend to open the breakaway collection that threatens to switch the sport as we understand it.
Phil Mickelson turned into the newest participant to formally verify his access on the first event at Centurion Membership in St Albans this week, with the six-time main champion set to finish his four-month ruin from the game following his explosive feedback in regards to the PGA Excursion and the breakaway spearheaded via Greg Norman.
Mickelson drew grievance and apologised after admitting to a journalist that he used to be conscious about Saudi Arabia’s “terrible report on human rights” however used to be ready to make use of LIV Golfing as leverage to achieve energy and affect with the PGA Excursion.
The PGA Excursion have replied via threatening gamers with fines and felony motion, however that has no longer dispose of stars similar to former International Number 1 Dustin Johnson from becoming a member of the 48-player access record.
LIV Golfing additionally will deliver new festival regulations in addition to larger prize finances for the sphere. Right here’s the entirety you want to understand.
What's LIV Golfing?
Experiences of a brand new breakaway league first emerged in 2019 however accrued tempo closing yr as two-time Open champion Greg Norman turned into the face of the Saudi-backed LIV Golfing Collection as its leader govt.
With Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding Fund financing the collection, there's a transparent hyperlink to the Saudi Arabia executive, whose report on human rights has been criticised via teams similar to Amnesty World.
However what for a very long time used to be regarded as to be a bargaining danger to the standard PGA and DP International Excursions and not anything extra took form because the LIV Golfing Collection, which additionally options new festival regulations and what event organisers say is an “thrilling” new structure.
What are the foundations?
LIV Golfing Collection occasions will probably be performed over 3 days and 54 holes, fairly than the standard four-day occasions with 72 holes. There gained’t be a minimize, both, so the 48 gamers who get started the week will play all 3 rounds.
There may also be person and workforce competitions inside the similar match. The person festival will probably be gained via the participant who shoots the bottom rating over 54 holes, as standard.
The workforce festival, then again, will probably be made up of 12 groups of 4 gamers, with workforce captains settling on the groups the use of a ‘snake draft’ forward of the hole match at Centurion Membership. Groups will even have their very own distinctive names and emblems.
On the subject of scoring, the most efficient two person rankings will depend against the workforce’s general general around the opening two rounds, with the most efficient 3 rankings combining at the 3rd and ultimate spherical. The workforce with the bottom general rating on the finish of the 3rd spherical would be the winner.
When does it get started and is it on TV?
The primary spherical kicks off with a shotgun get started at 2.15pm on Thursday 9 June.
LIV Golfing has but to be picked up via a big broadcaster in the United Kingdom.
Alternatively, the motion will probably be reside streamed totally free at the LIV Golfing YouTube channel and Fb web page.
How will the season paintings?
The LIV Golfing London match at Centurion Membership is the primary of 7 ‘common season’ occasions to happen in its inaugural yr, with the season-ending workforce championship final the yr as the overall match of the season.
The workforce championship will see all 12 groups seeded and a four-day knockout event will probably be performed the use of fit play scoring to decide the winner, with a championship fit going down at the ultimate day.
A person champion may also be topped the use of issues collected over the seven ‘common season’ occasions.
- LIV Golfing London, Centurion Membership – June September 11
- LIV Golfing Portland, Pumpkin Ridge – June 30 – July 2
- LIV Golfing Bedminster, Trump Nationwide – July 29-31
- LIV Golfing Boston, Better Boston – September 2-4
- LIV Golfing Chicago, Wealthy Harvest Farms – September 16-18
- LIV Golfing Bangkok, Stonehill – October 7-9
- LIV Golfing Jeddah, Royal Vegetables – October 14-16
- LIV Golfing Miami, Trump Nationwide Doral – October 27-30
What's the prize fund?
Every common season match may have a prize fund of $25m – each participant within the box receives a minimize, with a assured $4m for first and $120,000 for closing position. Of the $25m, $5m will probably be break up between the highest 3 groups.
The highest 3 gamers within the general person championship will obtain a break up of $30m, with the whole champion taking $18m, the runner-up receiving $8m and 3rd position getting $4m.
The season-ending workforce championship has a prize fund of $50m, with the profitable workforce splitting $16m and the workforce who finishes closing receiving $1m. Every participant receives a 25 in keeping with cent minimize.
For comparability, the winner of the PGA Championship, one in every of golfing’s 4 majors, receives $3m out of a complete prize fund of $15m.
Who's taking part in?
The most important names come with Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Louis Oosthuizen, Martin Kaymer, Sergio Garcia, Charl Schwartzel and Kevin Na.
Complete participant record
The entire record is as follows along their present international score:
Dustin Johnson (13)
Louis Oosthuizen (20)
Kevin Na (33)
Talor Gooch (35)
Sergio Garcia (54)
Pablo Larrazabal (65)
Richard Bland (66)
Matt Jones (68)
Shaun Norris (69)
Phil Mickelson (71)
Sam Horsfield (72)
Lee Westwood (74)
Ryo Kinoshita (87)
Ian Poulter (89)
Bernd Wiesberger (t-90)
Hudson Swafford (t-90)
Oliver Bekker (93)
Jinichiro Kozuma (103)
Scott Vincent (109)
Justin Harding (111)
Laurie Canter (114)
Branden Grace (118)
Charl Schwartzel (120)
Sadom Kaewkanjana (125)
Hennie Du Plessis (128)
Phachara Khongwatmai (133)
Sihwan Kim (138)
JC Ritchie (154)
Adrian Otaegui (162)
Hideto Tanihara (173)
Martin Kaymer (210)
Jediah Morgan (235)
Blake Windred (250)
TK Chantananuwat (272)
Wade Ormsby (276)
Peter Uihlein (319)
Graeme McDowell (376)
Turk Petit (706)
Oliver Fisher (979)
Andy Ogletree (1,324)
Chase Koepka (1,543)
David Puig (1,706)
James Piot (1,731)