Saturday, June 25, 2022

LIV Golf LIVE: Day 1 teams and preparations for the start of the controversial tour

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After months of speculation, the inaugural Saudi Arabian-backed LIV Golf event begins today to open the breakaway series that threatens to transform the sport as we know it.

Phil Mickelson, former world no Commentary on the PGA Tour and the Breakaway led by Greg Norman.

The PGA Tour has responded by threatening players with fines and legal action, but that hasn’t stopped some stars from joining the 48-player entry list – no doubt helped by allegedly high entry fees – for an event with new competition rules and which tournament organizers say is an “exciting” new format.

The Centurion Club event will be played over three days and 54 holes instead of the traditional four-day, 72-hole tournaments. There will be no cut, so the 48 players starting the week will play all three rounds, while there will be a team competition alongside the traditional individual competition.

This is the first of seven events on the LIV Golf Tour, each with a $25 million purse – each player in the field receiving a cut, with a guaranteed $4 million for the winner and $120,000 for the last place. Of the $25 million, $5 million will be split between the top three teams.

Follow all the action and reactions from the controversial tour’s opening event below:

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