LIV Golf Invitational Series: How It Works

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A general view of the 18th hole during a practice round ahea of the LIV Golf Invitational at The Centurion Club on June 8, 2022 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Chris Trotman / LIV Golf via Getty Images)

One of the unique aspects of LIV Golf is that it will include a team play format… for big money.

LIV Golf Invitational Series: How It Works
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LIV Golf Invitational trophies are seen ahead of the LIV Golf Invitational at The Centurion Club on June 8, 2022 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Chris Trotman / LIV Golf via Getty Images)
  • Format: The LIV Golf Invitational Series features both individual and team competitions, all occurring simultaneously – similar to F1 racing.
  • 2022 Season: The inaugural campaign will be comprised of seven $25 million regular-season events, followed by a $50 million team championship in October, where teams will compete against each other in match play to determine who wins the LIV Golf team trophy and millions in cash.
  • Individual Format: On the individual side, it will be the traditional 54-hole stroke-play event with no cut and no tee times (and no unlucky wave draws) – each round will go off using shotgun starts.
  • Team Format: Regarding the team side, each tournament will include 48 players and 12 teams, consisting of four players on each team, with a captain designated for each team. Because there will be different players in each LIV Golf event (hello Patrick Reed and Bryson DeChambeau), teams will change at each event.
  • Team Extras: The captains at each event will select the other three team members in a snake draft and will select the lineup each week. Finally, each team will have a logo, a team name and team colors.
  • Team Scoring: For the opening two rounds, teams will only use the top two scores (out of four), with three scores being used on the third and final round.
  • Regular Season Money: The overall purse for each regular-season event is a mind blowing $25 million, with $20 million being allotted to individuals and an additional $5 million among the top 3 teams. The individual winner will bank $4 million. The winning team will split $3 million or $750,000. Ex: If a player were to win the tournament and be part of the winning team, he’d walk away with $4.75 million for 54 holes of play.
  • Season Finale: The team championship at the end of the season will be a four-day, four-round match-play bracket with a purse of $50 million. It will be contested at Trump National Doral in Miami.
LIV Golf Teams
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Louis Oosthuizen watches as Dustin Johnson tees off on the 16th hole ahead of the LIV Golf Invitational at The Centurion Club on June 08, 2022 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst / LIV Golf via Getty Images)

Below are the 12 teams for the inaugural LIV Golf event in London:

  1. Dustin Johnson – (4 Aces) Shaun Norris, Oliver Bekker, Kevin Yuan
  2. Graeme McDowell – (Niblicks) Bernd Wiesberger, Turk Petit, Oliver Fisher
  3. Ian Poulter – (Majesticks) Lee Westwood, Sam Horsfield, Laurie Canter
  4. Kevin Na – (Iron Heads) Sadom Kaewkanjana, Hideto Tanihara, Viraj Madappa
  5. Louis Oosthuizen – (Stinger) Henni Du Plessis, Charl Schwartzel, Branden Grace
  6. Martin Kaymer – (Cleeks) Pablo Larrazabal, JC Ritchie, Ian Snyman
  7. Peter Uihlein – (Crushers) Richard Bland, Phachara Khongwatmai, Travis Smyth
  8. Phil Mickelson – (Hy Flyers) Justin Harding, Ratchanon Chantananuwat, Chase Koepka
  9. Sergio Garcia – (Fire Balls) David Puig, James Piot, Jediah Morgan
  10. Sihwan Kim – (Smash) Scott Vincent, Jinichiro Kozuma, Itthipat Buranatanyarat
  11. Talor Gooch – (Torque) Hudson Swafford, Adrian Otaegui, Andy Ogletree
  12. Wade Ormsby – (Punch) Matt Jones, Ryosuke Kinoshita, Blake Windred

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