It has eight confirmed events, a mouth-watering prize pot, and a new name. Now all it needs is players. Here's what we know so far
The LIV Golf Invitational schedule will involved seven individual events and one team event.
What is the LIV Golf Invitational?
Colloquially known as the Saudi Golf League, the LIV Golf Invitational will feature a total prize pot of $250 million.
Each event will be three rounds, played over 54 holes, with no cuts, and shotgun starts. There will also be a team component, with the 48-man field split into 12 squads of four players each. The teams have been determined by a draft, with the best two stroke play scores counting for each team for the first two rounds, and the best three counting on the third and final round.
The inaugural event was held at Centurion in June and was won by Charl Schwartzel. Four events have been confirmed in the US between July and September at Pumpkin Ridge, Portland, Trump National, New Jersey, The International, near Boston, and Rich Harvest Farms, Chicago.
There will also be events at Stonehill, in Thailand, and Royal Greens in Saudi Arabia. The venue for the eighth event, the Team Championship, was later confirmed as Trump Doral, a PGA Tour venue between 1962 and 2016.
The seven announced events will each carry a prize pot of $25 million – $20 million for the individual prizes and $5 million for the team events – while the eighth event will offer $30 million to the top three players in the season-long standings.
There will be a further $50 million in the team prize fund, with the winners taking home $16 million. The runners-up will bank $10 million, and third place $8 million.
In a statement, LIV Golf CEO Norman said: “Our events are truly additive to the world of golf.
“We have done our best to create a schedule that allows players to play elsewhere, while still participating in our events.
“I believe players will increasingly make progress in achieving their right to play where they want. We will help in any way possible and will provide golfers with opportunities to achieve their full potential.”
Moving into 2023, it has been reported that LIV Golf will be revamping their schedule. This includes the expansion of the series to 14 events under a league format, with set team captains and all 48 players signed for the entire season.
What is the LIV Golf Invitational schedule?
June 9-11: Centurion, England
July 1-3: Pumpkin Ridge, USA
July 29-31: Trump National (Bedminster), USA
September 2-4: The International, USA
September 16-18: Rich Harvest Farms, USA
October 7-9: Stonehill, Thailand
October 14-16: Royal Greens, Saudi Arabia
October 27-30: Trump National (Doral), USA
Who will play in the LIV Golf Invitational?
The likes of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Collin Morikawa, Justin Thomas, and Jordan Spieth have said they’re not getting involved, while Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson will be teeing it up as the figureheads of the breakaway league.
Despite previously declaring his allegiance to the PGA Tour, Johnson turned on his decision and was the the biggest name featured in the first field announcement. A week later, the two-time major winner stunned the golfing world by announcing he will be resigning his membership from the PGA Tour to play in LIV Golf.
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Less surprising are the inclusions of Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter – despite the PGA and DP World Tours saying they’ll ban their members if they take part – while Graeme McDowell was reportedly on the fence until the last minute.
Soon after, Phil Mickelson confirmed he will be ending his hiatus in order to take part.
This was followed by the surprise announcements that Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka would be joining Mickelson and co for the second LIV event in Portland. Like Johnson, both players previously committed themselves to the PGA Tour back in February, but reversed their decisions by joining LIV four months later.
How much are tickets to the LIV Golf Invitational?
Prices for access have been released on the LIV Golf Invitational website.
A grounds pass for each day will set you back £67.88, or you can pick one up for all three days for £179.69 – a saving of £23.95, for those of you wondering.
There are also a variety of VIP levels of access, including something called the Gallery Club, which starts at just shy of £250 a day, and other options running into the thousands.
Can we watch the LIV Golf Invitational on TV?
The opening event at Centurion will be streamed live on LIV Golf’s website, YouTube, and Facebook. Arlo White will lead the commentary team.
Musical entertainment will also be provided at each event. Acts include the likes of Craig David, James Morrison, James Bay, Jessie J, and John Newman.
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