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How to watch tournament three this weekend in New Jersey

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The LIV Golf Invitational Series returns this week for its third event, and second in the United States, at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey.

While the Saudi-backed golf business is slowly attracting new golfers and plans to expand next year, the controversy surrounding the league has not gone away.

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Here’s everything you need to know ahead of this weekend’s tournament.

How to watch

LIV Golf still does not have a television contract in the United States, but the tournament will be streamed for free on the league’s YouTube and Facebook pages, as well as LivGolf.com.

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The tournament runs Friday through Sunday, and the shotgun start each day will begin at 1:15 a.m. ET.

Who are the team captains?

Most of the team captains are the same as in Oregon, but there are some changes this week in New Jersey.

4 Aces – Dustin Johnson

Niblicks – Hudson Swafford

Majestic – Lee Westwood

Iron Heads – Kevin Na

Stinger – Louis Oosthuizen

Cleeks – Martin Kaymer

Crushers – Bryson DeChambeau

Hy Flyers – Phil Mickelson

Fireballs – Sergio Garcia

Smash – Brooks Koepka

Couple – Hideto Tanihara

Punch – Wade Ormsby

How much does the winning team earn?

Each regular season LIV event has a $25 million purse.

Of that amount, $5 million will be split among the top three teams, with the top team receiving $3 million. The remaining $20 million will be split individually, with the first-place winner earning $4 million and the last-place winner receiving $120,000.

By comparison, the Players Championship offers a purse of $20 million, which is the highest in a single PGA Tour event outside of the Tour Championship.

Who’s new to the field this week?

There are several notable new golfers on the course this week in New Jersey.

Jason Kokrak, Paul Casey, Charles Howell and Henrik Stenson will all be making their LIV debuts at Bedminster.

Kokrak, Casey and Howell all spoke to reporters on Wednesday, and Casey defended Saudi Arabia amid accusations of sports washing and widespread human rights abuses – which was a stark departure from his opinion on the country a few years ago.

The move to LIV was costly for Stenson. He was stripped of his Ryder Cup captaincy earlier this month, leaving a top spot vacant for Team Europe ahead of the 2023 competition.

Sergio Garcia is back on the pitch. While he’s been committed to LIV for weeks now, Garcia said earlier this month that he was considering officially severing ties with the DP World Tour, where the Spaniard apparently no longer feels the love.

Bubba Watson is expected to join the league at its next event in Boston in September. An official announcement is expected this week.

Longtime golf analyst David Feherty is also expected to help cover the event this week. Feherty parted ways with NBC last week, having just finished covering the British Open.

Donald Trump and Caitlyn Jenner will play in the pro-am this week at the LIV Golf event. (Chris Trotman/LIV Golf via Getty Images)

What about Donald Trump?

This week’s event drew more attention and criticism than usual thanks to the location of the course.

The tournament is being held at former President Donald Trump’s Bedminster Golf Club, the very course that was deprived of hosting the PGA Championship this year. The course is about 50 miles from New York, which has sparked massive backlash and protests from victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Trump will perform in the pro-am on Thursday alongside Caitlyn Jenner and Charles Barkley.

Trump has advocated for PGA Tour golfers to make the jump to LIV to preempt a possible “merger,” although there is no reported discussion of such a merger.

Charles Barkley at LIV Golf?

NBA Hall of Famer and analyst Charles Barkley will actually be on the pro-am court this week in New Jersey.

Although Barkley is nowhere near as good as anyone else in the real world, Barkley’s appearance at the event comes when he could join the league as a broadcaster. He said earlier this week that it would take around $60 million a year – roughly three times what he currently earns – to get him into the league. He also said he was giving LIV a Thursday deadline to make the offer, so as not to “keep TNT in limbo”.

As for the criticism the league has faced, Barkley blames it on “selective outrage”. He also spoke with several of his main sponsors, who seemed worried.

“I said [LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman]”, Barkley said last week. “‘Look, they’re making up words, like ‘blood money’ and ‘sports washing.’ I said, ‘We all took ‘blood money. “and we all have a ‘sport washed’ thing, so I don’t like those words, to be honest with you.”

“If you’re in professional sports, you’re kind of taking money from a cause that’s not good.”

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