LIV Golf live stream: How to watch latest event in Chicago

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LIV Golf live stream: How to watch latest event in Chicago

The LIV Golf series is preparing for its fifth event this week with Open champion Cameron Smith preparing to make his second appearance on the Saudi-backed series after a debut in Boston.

The Aussie switched from the PGA Tour alongside Joaquin Niemann, Harold Varner III, Cameron Tringale, Marc Leishman and Anirban Lahiri, with the field shaping out ahead of the 2023 season too, despite rumours of more players primed to make the switch in the coming weeks or months.

The top of the field is now more compelling than in any of the previous events, as Smith battles it out with Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Patrick Reed, Bryson DeChambeau and Lee Westwood.

The team event has been dominated by Four Aces and Johnson, Reed and co. will likely remain favourites again despite the latest reshuffle.

Here is how to watch the Chicago event as LIV Golf returns:

Here’s everything you need to know about golf’s newest tour.

What is LIV Golf?

Reports of a new breakaway league first emerged in 2019 but gathered pace last year as two-time Open champion Greg Norman became the face of the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series as its chief executive.

With Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund financing the series, there is a clear link to the Saudi Arabia government, whose record on human rights has been criticised by groups such as Amnesty International.

But what for a long time was considered to be a bargaining threat to the traditional PGA and DP World Tours and nothing more, took shape as the LIV Golf Series, which also features new competition rules and what tournament organisers say is an “exciting” new format.

Is it on TV?

LIV Golf has yet to be picked up by a major broadcaster in the UK.

However, the action is live streamed for free on the LIV Golf YouTube channel and Facebook page.

What are the rules?

LIV Golf Series events will be played over three days and 54 holes, rather than the traditional four-day events with 72 holes. There won’t be a cut, either, so the 48 players who start the week will play all three rounds.

There will also be individual and team competitions within the same event. The individual competition will be won by the player who shoots the lowest score over 54 holes, as normal.

The team competition, however, will be made up of 12 teams of four players, with team captains selecting the teams using a ‘snake draft’ ahead of each event. Teams will also have their own unique names and logos.

In terms of scoring, the best two individual scores will count towards the team’s overall total across the opening two rounds, with the best three scores combining on the third and final round. The team with the lowest overall score at the end of the third round will be the winner.

How will the season work and where is the next event?

Chicago will be the fifth of seven ‘regular’ events this year with the team championship forming the final event of the season at Doral in Miami in October.

The team championship will see all 12 teams seeded and a four-day knockout tournament will be played using match play scoring to determine the winner, with a championship match taking place on the final day.

An individual champion will also be crowned using points accumulated over the seven ‘regular season’ events.

When is the Chicago event?

The 54-hole tournament will begin on Friday 16 September and run through to Sunday 18 September. The first round starts at 1pm ET (6pm BST) at Rich Harvest Farms, Sugar Grove, Illinois.

Who is playing?

The biggest names initially included Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Louis Oosthuizen, Martin Kaymer, Sergio Garcia, Charl Schwartzel and Kevin Na. However, after its first event, LIV Golf added major champions Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka and Patrick Reed to its ranks, before tempting 2016 Open champion Henrik Stenson across ahead of Bedminster - at which point the Swede was stripped of the Ryder Cup captaincy. Cameron Smith and Joaquin Niemann were the headline names from the final round of recruitment for this season and make their second appearances in Chicago.

Full player list for Chicago event

MEX

Abraham Ancer

AUS

Jediah Morgan

ENG

Richard Bland

USA

Kevin Na

ENG

Laurie Canter

CHL

Joaquin Niemann

ENG

Paul Casey

RSA

Shaun Norris

ESP

Eugenio Chacarra

RSA

Louis Oosthuizen

USA

Bryson DeChambeau

AUS

Wade Ormsby

ESP

Sergio Garcia

MEX

Carlos Ortiz

USA

Talor Gooch

USA

Pat Perez

RSA

Branden Grace

USA

Turk Pettit

ENG

Sam Horsfield

USA

James Piot

USA

Charles Howell III

ENG

Ian Poulter

USA

Dustin Johnson

ESP

David Puig

AUS

Matt Jones

USA

Patrick Reed

THA

Sadom Kaewkanjana

RSA

Charl Schwartzel

GER

Martin Kaymer

AUS

Cameron Smith

THA

Phachara Khongwatmai

SWE

Henrik Stenson

USA

Sihwan Kim

USA

Hudson Swafford

USA

Brooks Koepka

USA

Cameron Tringale

USA

Chase Koepka

USA

Peter Uihlein

USA

Jason Kokrak

USA

Harold Varner III

IND

Anirban Lahiri

ZIM

Scott Vincent

AUS

Marc Leishman

ENG

Lee Westwood

NIR

Graeme McDowell

AUT

Bernd Wiesberger

USA

Phil Mickelson

USA

Matthew Wolff

What are the teams?

  • 4 Aces GC - Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Pat Perez, Talor Gooch

  • Hy Flyers GC - Phil Mickelson, Bernd Wiesberger, Matthew Wolff, Cameron Tringale

  • Punch GC - Cameron Smith, Marc Leishman, Matt Jones, Wade Ormsby,

  • Cleeks GC - Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, Laurie Canter, Richard Bland

  • Iron Heads GC - Kevin Na, Sadom Kaewkanjana, Phachara Khongwatmai, Sihwan Kim

  • Smash GC - Brooks Koepka, Jason Kokrak, Peter Uihlein, Chase Koepka

  • Crushers GC - Bryson DeChambeau, Paul Casey, Charles Howell III, Anirban Lahiri,

  • Majesticks GC - Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Henrik Stenson, Sam Horsfield

  • Stinger GC - Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel, Branden Grace, Shaun Norris

  • Fireballs GC - Sergio Garcia, Abraham Ancer, Carlos Ortiz, Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra

  • Niblicks GC - Bubba Watson (non-playing captain), Harold Varner III, Hudson Swafford, James Piot, Turk Pettit

  • Torque GC - Joaquin Niemann, Scott Vincent, David Puig, Jediah Morgan

How much is the prize money?

Each regular season event will have a prize fund of $25m - every player in the field receives a cut, with a guaranteed $4m for first and $120,000 for last place. Of the $25m, $5m will be split between the top three teams.

The top three players in the overall individual championship will receive a split of $30m, with the overall champion taking $18m, the runner-up receiving $8m and third place getting $4m.

The season-ending team championship has a prize fund of $50m, with the winning team splitting $16m and the team who finishes last receiving $1m. Each player receives a 25 per cent cut.

By comparison, the winner of the PGA Championship, one of golf’s four majors, receives $3m out of a total prize fund of $15m.

Individual prize money

  1. $4,000,000

  2. $2,125,000

  3. $1,500,000

  4. $1,050,000

  5. $975,000

  6. $800,000

  7. $675,000

  8. $625,000

  9. $580,000

  10. $560,000

  11. $540,000

  12. $450,000

  13. $360,000

  14. $270,000

  15. $250,000

  16. $240,000

  17. $232,000

  18. $226,000

  19. $220,000

  20. $200,000

  21. $180,000

  22. $172,000

  23. $170,000

  24. $168,000

  25. $166,000

  26. $164,000

  27. $162,000

  28. $160,000

  29. $158,000

  30. $156,000

  31. $154,000

  32. $152,000

  33. $150,000

  34. $148,000

  35. $146,000

  36. $144,000

  37. $142,000

  38. $140,000

  39. $138,000

  40. $136,000

  41. $134,000

  42. $132,000

  43. $130,000

  44. $128,000

  45. $126,000

  46. $124,000

  47. $122,000

  48. $120,000

Team prize money

  1. $3,000,00

  2. $1,500,000

  3. $500,000