LIV Golf schedule: When is next event of controversial tour?

LIV Golf schedule: When is next event of controversial tour?

The inaugural season of LIV Golf comes to a conclusion at Donald Trump’s own Trump National Doral near Miami, Florida this week.

The format is switched with the Team Championship decided, but the prize money remains eye-watering at $50 million, with the winning quartet poised to hit the jackpot, although each team will pocket a huge amount regardless of their finish.

With Dustin Johnson triumphing in the individual standings, the two-time major winner switches focus to his team and the No 1 seeds 4 Aces.

After seven events in the Saudi-backed rebel tour, the daunting test of the Blue Monster awaits 12 teams across three days of team golf that will loosely resemble the Ryder Cup format.

Here’s everything you need to know about the final LIV Golf event in Miami:

LIV Golf Team Championship Results

Friday - quarter-finals

Team matchup

Player matches

Results

5. Smash GC vs. 12. Niblicks GC

Brooks Koepka vs. Harold Varner III Varner III wins 4&3

Peter Uihleinvs. James Piot Uihlein wins 5&3

Jason Kokrak & Chase Koepkavs. Turk Pettit & Hudson Swafford Kokrak & Koepka win 2&1

Smash GC wins 2-1

6. Majesticks GC vs. 9. Iron Heads GC

Ian Poulter vs. Kevin Na Poulter wins 4&2

Lee Westwood vs. Sihwan Kim Westwood wins 4&3

Sam Horsfield & Henrik Stensonvs. Sadom Kaekwanjana & Phacara Khongwatmai Horsfield & Stenson win 4&2

Majesticks GC wins 3-0

7. Torque FC vs. 10. Cleeks GC

Joaquin Niemannvs. Shergo Al Kurdi Niemann wins 5&3

Jediah Morganvs. Laurie Canter Canter wins 1 up

Scott Vincent & Adrian Otaegui vs. Graeme McDowell & Richard Bland McDowell and Bland win 2 up

Cleeks GC wins 2-1

8. Hy Flyers GC vs. 11. Punch GC

Phil Mickelsonvs. Cameron Smith Smith wins 1 up

Matthew Wolffvs. Marc Leishman Leishman wins 4&2

Bernd Wiesberger & Cameron Triangle vs. Matt Jones & Wade Ormsby Wiesberger & Tringale win 3&2

Punch GC wins 2-1

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.

What is the format for the LIV Golf Team Championship in Miami?

The top 36 players from the previous seven events and the Individual Standings qualify for the Team Championship, while league commitments and captains’ selections complete the field.

Friday, 28 October - Quarter Finals

The top four seeded teams will receive a bye. Teams seeded five-12 will battle it out in a head-to-head, Ryder Cup style match-play format.

The highest-ranked teams have selected their opponents. Unlike the Ryder Cup, no player will sit out, so all 32 players in the eight teams will compete in a shotgun start. A point is award for each head-to-head team match and there are three matches: two singles matches and one foursomes match. A team with two points will advance to Saturday’s matches and the matches will play out until a winner is confirmed, meaning to draws or half points.

Saturday, 29 October - Semi Finals

The top four seeded teams will now play the teams that emerged from Friday’s quarter-finals, with the same format and head-to-head team match play deciding who makes the Team Championship.

The highest-ranked teams select their opponents once again and all 32 players in the eight teams will be playing in a shotgun start. Just like Friday, we will see: two singles matches and one foursomes match and a point per match awarded to confirm a winning team with two points overall or more. The four teams winning teams advance to the Team Championship.

Sunday, 30 October - Team Championship

This is where it changes once more, with the four winning teams competing in a shotgun-start round of stroke play.

All 16 players will compete with the field divided up into two-balls. The team captains will play together. All four scores count towards the team’s score and lowest collective stroke-play score will crown the inaugural LIV Golf team champions.

When is the Miami event?

The tournament will begin on Friday 28 October and run through to Sunday 30 October. The first day, which includes the quarter-final matches, starts at 12pm ET (5pm BST) at Trump National Doral in Florida. The same start time will occur on Saturday in the semi-finals, but look for the last day of competition to start earlier UK time when the clocks go back, meaning a 4pm start if tuning in from the UK.

Who is playing?

The biggest names have emerged as captains with 12 teams of four players for the team championship.

The captains and three designated team members are outlined below, with teams 1-4 handed a bye into Saturday’s semi-finals.

Captains include Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Sergio Garcia, Louis Oosthuizen, Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter, Joaquin Niemann, Phil Mickelson, Kevin Na, Martin Kaymer Cameron Smith and non-playing captain Bubba Watson.

What are the teams and who is in the field?

1

4 Aces

Dustin Johnson

Patrick Reed, Talor Gooch, Pat Perez

2

Crushers

Bryson DeChambeau

Paul Casey, Charles Howell III, Anirban Lahiri

3

Fireballs

Sergio Garcia

Abraham Ancer, Carlos Ortiz, Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra

4

Stinger

Louis Oosthuizen

Charl Schwartzel, Branden Grace, Hennie du Plessis

5

Smash

Brooks Koepka

Jason Kokrak, Peter Uihlein, Chase Koepka

6

Majesticks

Ian Poulter

Lee Westwood, Henrik Stenson, Sam Horsfield

7

Torque

Joaquin Niemann

Scott Vincent, Adrian Otaegui, Jediah Morgan

8

Hy Flyers

Phil Mickelson

Bernd Wiesberger, Matthew Wolff, Cameron Tringale

9

Iron Heads

Kevin Na

Sadom Kaewkanjana, Phacara Khongwatmai, Sihwan Kim

10

Cleeks

Martin Kaymer

Graeme McDowell, Laurie Canter, Richard Bland

11

Punch

Cameron Smith

Marc Leishman, Matt Jones, Wade Ormsby

12

Niblicks

Bubba Watson (non-playing)

Harold Varner III, Hudson Swafford, James Piot, Turk Petit

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.

How much is the prize money?

The eighth and final event of LIV Golf in the 2022 Invitational Series will see players battle it out at the iconic Blue Monster course for an eye-watering $50 million purse. That’s double the prize money for each of the first seven events.

The winning team pockets $16 million, meaning a $4 million payout to each member, while all 12 teams receive prize money.

Regular season standings

1

Dustin Johnson

121

2

Branden Grace

79

3

Patrick Reed

76

4

Cameron Smith

56

5

Charl Schwartzel

55

6

Carlos Ortiz

50

7

Matthew Wolff

50

8

Peter Uihlein

49

9

Louis Oosthuizen

49

10

Talor Gooch

49

11

Sergio Garcia

44

12

Joaquin Niemann

42

13

Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra

41

14

Henrik Stenson

40

15

Paul Casey

40

Regular season team standings entering Team Championship Miami

RANK

TEAM

POINTS

1

4 Aces

140

2

Crushers

80

3

Stinger

72

4

Fireballs

69

5

Majesticks

59

6

Torque

34

7

Iron Heads

32

8

Smash

30

9

Hy Flyers

29

10

Cleeks

20

11

Punch

16

12

Niblicks

13