LIV Golf Tour Changes the landscape of the sport
The third day of the inaugural Saudi-backed LIV Golf event has arrived with a first winner to be crowned on the rebel tour. Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel took the lead down the straight, ahead of fellow countryman and Stinger teammate Hennie Du Plessis. Dustin Johnson’s charge was a bit short, but the former world No. 1 remains in contention, with the winner pocketing $4 million.
The last day of play comes as more players are expected to leave the PGA Tour. On Friday, Bryson DeChambeau was announced as the latest star to join the breakaway series and this followed confirmation from the PGA Tour that Rebel players who compete in this or any other LIV Golf event have been suspended effective immediately.
The stunning news has further strengthened both sides in the battle that threatens to change the sport as we know it and has been welcomed by players such as Rory McIlroy, who has remained committed to the PGA. It came as Ian Poulter, one of 17 golfers sanctioned by the PGA Tour, declared his intention to appeal the suspension. “It doesn’t make sense,” Poulter said. “I didn’t quit because I didn’t feel like I did anything wrong. I played all over the world for 25 years. It’s no different…it’s a power struggle and it’s just disappointing. Follow all the action from the final day of the controversial tour’s inaugural event, below:
LIV Golf: Final
And here we go, kicking off the tournament of course means that everyone is on the road at the same time.
Dustin Johnson, back at -1 and eight strokes off the pace, hits his first tee shot from within about 12 feet at the par-3 5th.
Jamie BraidwoodJune 11, 2022 2:18 p.m.
LIV Golf: Final
At least Charl Schwartzel isn’t hiding his motives, as he’s been told he could walk away with $4.75 million today.
“It’s a big possibility.” He shrugs. “That’s the beauty of it: if you play well, you can make a lot of money. But I’ve been a professional for 20 years and all I can think about is lifting the trophy. I haven’t won since 2016, that’s what motivates me today.
Jamie BraidwoodJune 11, 2022 2:13 p.m.
LIV Golf: Final
Right, the final round of that first LIV Golf event is here — and seconds into the show’s opening segment, we heard the phrase “in the blink of an eye.”
Looks like we’re set for a “crazy” day of action, although it looks like Charl Schwartzel and Team Stinger are heading for wins in the individual and team competitions.
What’s certainly insane is the $25 million prize pool that will be split between the teams.
Jamie BraidwoodJune 11, 2022 2:05 p.m.
Poulter to appeal PGA Tour ban of LIV Golf players
Ian Poulter will appeal his suspension from the PGA Tour for playing in the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series.
The breakaway circuit shook the sport to its core, with the entry of six-time major champion Phil Mickelson and former world number one Dustin Johnson.
Poulter was among 17 golfers sanctioned by the Tour shortly after play began at LIV Golf’s inaugural event outside London on Thursday.
“I will appeal, that’s for sure. It makes no sense,” the former world number five said after earning a five-for-75 card in the first round at the Centurion Club.
“Having two Tour cards and the ability to play golf anywhere in the world, what’s wrong with that?
“I didn’t quit because I didn’t feel like I did anything wrong. I played all over the world for 25 years. It’s no different…it’s a power struggle and it’s just disappointing.
Jamie BraidwoodJune 11, 2022 1:55 p.m.
Players support PGA Tour’s decision to suspend LIV Golf players
McIlroy: “All he (PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan) does is basically follow the rules. I think the majority of the members who are here this week who haven’t gone to play anywhere else really appreciate that.
“So I think he did the right thing because these guys broke the rules and did things outside of the tournament regulations, and because of that there will be consequences I guess. “
“I’m happy,” added Thomas. “I think anyone who’s shocked clearly didn’t listen to the message Jay and everyone else put out. They took that risk whether they thought it was a risk or not.
“Like I’ve said all along, I have great faith and confidence in the PGA Tour and where we’re going and continuing to grow, and these guys just won’t be a part of it.”
Jamie BraidwoodJune 11, 2022 1:45 p.m.
LIV Golf: team ranking
1. GC STINGER – Total: -15
RD. 2: Counting the scores: Schwartzel 66, du Plessis 68
2. GC CRUSHERS – Total: -8
RD. 2: Scoring: Uihlein 66, Smyth 69
3. MAJESTICKS CG – Total: -6
RD. 2: Scoring: Poulter 66, Horsfield 70
RD. 2: Scoring: Bekker 67, Johnson 70
Jamie BraidwoodJune 11, 2022 1:25 p.m.
LIV Golf: Ranking
Charles Schwartzel (65, 66)
Others selected: Dustin Johnson (-1), Sergio Garcia (+1), Ian Poulter (+1), Phil Mickelson (+4)
Jamie BraidwoodJune 11, 2022 1:15 p.m.
Delaney: Will football ever have its own Golf LIV? It’s already there
Given the number of footballers who are still obsessed with golf, many naturally messaged friends on the tour about the LIV controversy. The responses were as varied as they were predictable. Some are appalled that the august institutions of golf are being ravaged, some think it’s fair enough to take the money. A core of game officials fear something similar again for football, others sense more opportunities.
Many describe it as “the golf European Super League moment”, and that is why the threat of this project is still so relevant. Its next steps will dictate the future of the game and decide if something even worse – like LIV Soccer – is even possible in football.
piece per The Independents football editor Miguel Delaney:
Jamie BraidwoodJune 11, 2022 1:05 p.m.
What is the Prize Fund?
Each regular season event will have a prize of $25 million – every player on the field receives a cup, with $4 million guaranteed for first place and $120,000 for last place. Of the $25 million, $5 million will be split among the top three teams.
The top three players in the individual championship overall will receive a share of $30 million, with the overall champion receiving $18 million, second place receiving $8 million and third place receiving $4 million.
The End of Season Tag Team Championship features a prize of $50 million, with the winning team splitting $16 million and the team finishing last receiving $1 million. Each player receives a 25% discount.
For comparison, the winner of the PGA Championship, one of golf’s four majors, receives $3 million out of a total prize pool of $15 million.
Jamie BraidwoodJune 11, 2022 12:55 p.m.
How will the season go?
The LIV Golf London event at the Centurion Club is the first of seven ‘regular season’ events to take place in its inaugural year, with the Season Ending Team Championship closing out the year as the final event of the season.
The Tag Team Championship will see the 12 seeded teams and a four-day knockout tournament will be contested using match-wise scoring to determine the winner, with a championship match taking place on the final day.
An individual champion will also be crowned using the points accumulated over the seven “regular season” events.
- LIV Golf London, Centurion Club – June 9-11
- LIV Golf Portland, Pumpkin Ridge – June 30 – July 2
- LIV Golf Bedminster, Trump National – July 29-31
- LIV Golf Boston, Greater Boston – September 2-4
- LIV Golf Chicago, Rich Harvest Farms – September 16-18
- LIV Golf Bangkok, Stonehill – October 7-9
- LIV Golf Jeddah, Royal Greens – October 14-16
- LIV Golf Miami, Trump Doral National – October 27-30
Jamie BraidwoodJune 11, 2022 12:45 p.m.