2023 LIV Golf DC Primer: TV, Format, Field, Teams, Odds

Brooks Koepka Wins 2023 PGA Championship
Brooks Koepka trolls the media after winning the 2023 PGA Championship at Oak Hill CC on May 21, 2023 in Rochester, NY. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox via Getty Images)

Following a week that saw LIV Golf’s Brooks Koepka claim his fifth major and third PGA, the upstart tour returns to action with the inaugural LIV Golf DC tournament.

Contested at Trump National DC, located on the northwestern outskirts of the U.S. capital, the track has quickly established itself as one of the most challenging and prestigious in the country.

Teeing it up alongside five-time major winner Koepka will be a bevy of superstars including Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson, Bryson Dechambeau, Patrick Reed, and Cameron Smith, among others.

Below are some details to get you primed for an exciting week of golf in northern Virginia.

2023 LIV Golf DC

Pro Golf Weekly previews LIV Golf’s stop in Virginia in this week’s 2023 LIV Golf DC Primer.

The Skinny

Pat Perez LIV Golf Adelaide
Pat Perez celebrates after making a birdie on the 12th hole as beers cans are thrown onto the green and Charl Schwartzel caddie shields himself during day three of Liv Golf Adelaide at The Grange GC on Apr 23, 2023 in Adelaide, Aus. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake via Getty Images)

Tournament: LIV Golf DC
Dates: May 26-28, 2023
Where: Potomac Falls, VA
CourseTrump National DC
Schedule Week: 7 of 14
Distance: Par 72 / 7479
Format: 54-holes: 12 Teams, 48 Players
Purse: $25,000,000
Winning Share: $4,000,000
Winning Team Share: $3,000,000
TV Broadcast: The CW Network
Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)

How to Follow: LIV Golf DC

2022 LIV Golf Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson of 4 Aces GC putts on the 7th green during day 3 of LIV Golf Invitational – London at The Centurion Club on June 11, 2022 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Chris Trotman for LIV Golf via Getty Images)

The CW Network airs the LIV Golf League in one-hundred-percent of the U.S. markets.

TELEVISION: Sat-Sun: 1-6 p.m. (The CW), LIV Golf Plus

STREAMING: Fri-Sun: 1-6 p.m. (The CW App, LIVGolfPlus.com, Youtube)

LINKS: Web | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Youtube

The LIV Golf Format

4 Aces Win LIV Golf Adelaide
Patrick Reed ,Dustin Johnson and Pat Perez of the 4 Aces celebrate the team title after Day 3 of Liv Golf Adelaide at The Grange GC on Apr 23, 2023 in Adelaide, Aus. (Photo by Mark Brake via Getty Images)

The LIV Golf League 2023 features 12 teams comprised of four players competing over a 14-event schedule, with players and teams competing simultaneously for both points and prize money.

Tournaments consist of 54-hole stroke play, no cuts and shotgun starts, ensuring a faster and more exciting pace of play.

Captains: Each team has a captain while members of the four-player teams, including the captain, participate in the three-day tournament.

Individual Winner: The player with the lowest 54-hole stroke play total is the winner. At the season’s end, the player with the most ranking points will be named the season’s Individual Champion.

Team Competition: After each round, the best three scores count to produce a team score. The lowest overall team score after 54 holes is the team winner. The final event of the season is the team championship.

LIV Golf DC Field Notes

Brooks Koepka Wins 2023 PGA Championship
Brooks Koepka poses with the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the PGA Championship at Oak Hill CC on May 21, 2023 in Rochester, NY. (Photo by Darren Carroll for PGA of America via Getty Images)
  • Brooks Koepka will make his first start after winning the 2023 PGA Championship. It was the Smash GC captain’s fifth major victory in his career and third PGA Championship title.
  • 4Aces GC Captain Dustin Johnson defeated Ripper GC Captain Cameron Smith and Stinger GC’s Branden Grace with a birdie on the first playoff hole to win the individual title in Tulsa.
  • Johnson, last year’s Individual Champion, became the third golfer to win multiple LIV Golf events, joining Brooks Koepka and Talor Gooch with two each.
  • Grace and the all-South African Stinger GC, captained by Louis Oosthuizen, claimed the team title by one shot over the 4Aces. It was Stinger’s first win of the season and second overall after winning the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational Series event in London in 2022.
  • Along with Koepka, the other 15 LIV Golf League members who played in last week’s PGA Championship will be in the 48-man field. That includes Crushers GC Captain Bryson DeChambeau, who finished T4, and Ripper GC Captain Cameron Smith, who finished T9.
Brooks Koepka Claude Harmon III
Coach Claude Harmon III (L) looks on as Brooks Koepka (C) and Dustin Johnson (R) practice ahead of the 2023 PGA Championship at Oak Hill CC on May 16, 2023 in Rochester, NY. (Photo by Michael Reaves via Getty Images)
Field: The Players

(Alphabetic order by last name)
1. Ancer, Abraham
2. Bland, Richard
3. Burmester, Dean
4. Casey, Paul*
5. Chacarra, Eugenio
6. DeChambeau, Bryson
7. Garcia, Sergio
8. Gooch, Talor
9. Grace, Branden
10. Horsfield, Sam
11. Howell III, Charles
12. Johnson, Dustin
13. Jones, Matt
14. Kaymer, Martin
15. Kim, Sihwan
16. Koepka, Brooks
17. Koepka, Chase
18. Kokrak, Jason
19. Lahiri, Anirban
20. Lee, Danny
21. Leishman, Marc
22. McDowell, Graeme
23. Mickelson, Phil
24. Morgan, Jediah
25. Munoz, Sebastian
26. Na, Kevin
27. Niemann, Joaquin
28. Oosthuizen, Louis
29. Ortiz, Carlos
30. Pereira, Mito
31. Perez, Pat
32. Pieters, Thomas
33. Piot, James
34. Poulter, Ian
35. Puig, David
36. Reed, Patrick
37. Schwartzel, Charl
38. Smith, Cameron
39. Steele, Brendan
40. Stenson, Henrik
41. Tringale, Cameron
42. Uihlein, Peter
43. Varner III, Harold
44. Vincent, Scott
45. Watson, Bubba
46. Westwood, Lee
47. Wiesberger, Bernd
48. Wolff, Matthew
* Casey Out. Replaced by Andy Ogletree.

Top-5 Betting Favorites

1. Brooks Koepka 7-1
2. Dustin Johnson 10-1
2. Cameron Smith 10-1
4. Patrick Reed 12-1
5. Bryson DeChambeau 13-1

Full Field & Odds

LIV Golf DC Teams

Charles Howell III Wins LIV Golf Mayakoba 2023
Anirban Lahiri, Paul Casey, Bryson DeChambeau and Charles Howell III and caddies of Crushers GC celebrate with the trophy on the podium after winning the team award during day three of the LIV Golf Invitational – Mayakoba at El Camaleon GC on Feb 26, 2023 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas via Getty Images)

Below are the 12 teams (with captains italicized) who will compete at Trump National DC.

  • 4 ACES GCDustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Peter Uihlein, Pat Perez
  • RIPPER GCCameron Smith, Marc Leishman, Matt Jones, Jediah Morgan
  • CLEEKS GCMartin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, Bernd Wiesberger, Richard Bland
  • SMASH GCBrooks Koepka, Jason Kokrak, Matthew Wolff, Chase Koepka
  • CRUSHERS GCBryson DeChambeau, *Paul Casey, Charles Howell III, Anirban Lahiri
  • MAJESTICKS GCLee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Henrik Stenson, Sam Horsfield
  • STINGER GCLouis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel, Branden Grace, Dean Burmester
  • FIREBALLS GCSergio Garcia, Abraham Ancer, Carlos Ortiz, Eugenio Chacarra
  • RANGEGOATS GCBubba Watson, Talor Gooch, Harold Varner III, Thomas Pieters
  • TORQUE GCJoaquin Niemann, Mito Pereira, Sebastian Munoz, David Puig
  • HY FLYERS GCPhil Mickelson, James Piot, Brendan Steele, Cameron Tringale
  • IRON HEADS GCKevin Na, Scott Vincent, Danny Lee, Sihwan Kim

* Casey Out. Replaced by Andy Ogletree.

Teams: Top-5 Betting Favorites

1. 4 Aces (DJ) 4-1
2. Crushers (DeChambeau) 6-1
2. Smash (Koepka) 6-1
4. Torque (Niemann) 7-1
4. Fireballs (Sergio) 7-1

LIV Golf DC Course

Trump National Golf Club Washington DC will host the LIV Golf DC stop, May 26-28, 2023. (LIV Golf)

The links-style Championship Course, the venue for LIV Golf DC, was built specifically for world-class tournament golf.

Utilizing holes on two existing courses created by famed architects Tom Fazio and Arthur Hills, the layout was rerouted and remodeled by Fazio’s nephew Tommy Fazio to better utilize frontage along the Potomac River.

The Loudoun County layout in Northern Virginia is the only course in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia with vast Potomac River frontage.

  • Upon its debut in 2016, it was ranked by Golf Digest as one of the top three New Golf Courses.
  • The Championship Course was the site for the Senior PGA Championship in 2017.
  • The par-3 210-yard 15th is the course’s signature hole and has a new tee box.
  • The par-4 310-yard ninth will be a potentially drivable hole.
Fast Facts

Par: 36-36-72
Yards: 7,479
Par 3s: 4 (4, 10, 15, 17)
Par 5s: 4 (3, 7, 13, 18)

LIV Golf Payouts: Points & Money

2022 LIV Golf-Bedminster Matthew Wolff Phil Mickelson
Team Captain Phil Mickelson (R) of Hy Flyers GC congratulates Matt Wolff (L) on the 3rd green after his round during day three of the LIV Golf Invitational – Bedminster at Trump National on July 31, 2022 in Bedminster, NJ. (Photo by Chris Trotman for LIV Golf via Getty Images)

The tournament winner will receive a $4,000,000 payday along with 40 first-place points.

Note: a one-hole playoff will be conducted if there is a tie for first place after 54 holes. Hole 18 will be repeated until a winner is determined.

1 (40) $4,000,000
2 (30) $2,125,000
3 (24) $1,500,000
4 (18) $1,050,000
5 (16) $975,000
6 (14) $800,000
7 (13) $675,000
8 (12) $625,000
9 (11) $580,000
10 (10) $560,000
11 (8) $540,000
12 (7) $450,000
13 (6) $360,000
14 (5) $270,000
15 (4) $250,000
16 (3) $240,000
17 (3) $232,000
18 (2) $226,000
19 (2) $220,000
20 (2) $200,000
21 (1) $180,000
22 (1) $172,000
23 (1) $170,000
24 (1) $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

Next Stop: LIV Golf Valderrama

LIV Golf Valderrama
Valderrama is considered “Augusta of Europe.” (Photo courtesy of LIV Golf)

Following the U.S. Open, the season’s third major, LIV Golf will play for the first time in continental Europe as the breakaway league arrives at Real Club Valderrama, a spectacular stage for three days of elite tour golf.

For two LIV Golf stars, it will bring back memories of a famous occasion. This was the venue for the 1997 Ryder Cup, at which a European team featuring first-timer Lee Westwood narrowly defeated a USA line-up that included Phil Mickelson.

The course is also a favorite of Sergio Garcia, who won the Andalucia Masters there in 2011 and, following a five-year hiatus for the tournament, clinched the 2017 and 2018 titles to record a stunning three-peat.

And the Spaniard is likely to be the biggest draw of the event – with European fans desperate for him to claim a fourth crown at the famous course

Sources: LIV Golf Media, Getty Images


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