October 6, 2022, 1:46

LIV Golf Invitational Series: Players, teams, results and all you need to know from inaugural season

LIV Golf Invitational Series: Players, teams, results and all you need to know from inaugural season

Charl Schwartzel, Branden Grace, Henrik Stenson and Dustin Johnson have won the first four LIV Golf events, while Johnson’s 4 Aces side – also containing Patrick Reed, Pat Perez and Taylor Gooch – have topped the team competition three times already this season

The inaugural LIV Golf Invitational Series has reached its halfway point, with the fifth of the eight scheduled events set to take place at Rich Harvest Farms in Chicago this week.

The Saudi-backed circuit has caused controversy within the golfing world since its launch this year, with the PGA Tour suspending indefinitely players who elected to compete in LIV Golf events.

Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter were among the first wave of players to join the series, consisting of 54-hole events limited to a 48-man field, with Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau and Champion Golfer of the Year Cameron Smith all signing since.

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The Open champion Cameron Smith says it is unfair that those who have joined LIV Golf are not receiving world ranking points and hopes that changes before his exemption into golf’s four majors expires

Teams

4 Aces GC – Dustin Johnson, Shaun Norris, Oliver Bekker, Kevin Yuan

Cleeks GC – Martin Kaymer, Pablo Larrazabal, JC Ritchie, Ian Snyman

Crushers GC – Peter Uihlein, Richard Bland, Phachara Khongwatmai, Travis Smyth

Fireballs GC – Sergio Garcia, David Puig (AM), James Piot, Jediah Morgan

HY Flyers GC – Phil Mickelson, Justin Harding, Ratchanon ‘TK’ Chantananuwat (AM), Chase Koepka

Iron Heads GC – Kevin Na, Sadom Kaewkanjana, Hideto Tanihara, Viraj Madappa

Majesticks GC – Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Sam Horsfield, Laurie Canter

Niblicks GC – Graeme McDowell, Bernd Wiesberger, Turk Pettit, Oliver Fisher

Punch GC – Wade Ormsby, Matt Jones, Ryosuke Kinoshita, Blake Windred

Smash GC – Sihwan Kim, Scott Vincent, Jinichiro Kozuma, Itthipat Buranatanyarat

Stinger GC – Louis Oosthuizen, Hennie du Plessis, Charl Schwartzel, Branden Grace

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Charl Schwartzel said he has ‘never looked’ at where prize money for events has come from, following his victory in the opening LIV Golf series event Charl Schwartzel said he has ‘never looked’ at where prize money for events has come from, following his victory in the opening LIV Golf series event

Torque GC – Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford, Adrian Otaegui, Andy Ogletree

Event Two – June 30-July 2 – Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, Portland, USA

Individual winner – Branden Grace (-13). Team winner – 4 Aces GC (-23)

Teams

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

Cleeks GC – Martin Kaymer, Scott Vincent, Ian Snyman, Turk Pettit

Crushers GC – Bryson DeChambeau, Shaun Norris, Justin Harding, Peter Uihlein

Fireballs GC – Sergio Garcia, Abraham Ancer, Carlos Ortiz, Eugenio Chacarra

HY Flyers GC – Phil Mickelson, Bernd Wiesberger, Matthew Wolff, Itthipat Buranatanyarat

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Phil Mickelson says he has worked really hard to earn a lifetime exemption and does not believe he should have to give up on the PGA Tour Phil Mickelson says he has worked really hard to earn a lifetime exemption and does not believe he should have to give up on the PGA Tour

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

Majesticks GC – Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Sam Horsfield, Laurie Canter

Niblicks GC – Graeme McDowell, Hudson Swafford, Travis Smyth, James Piot

Punch GC – Wade Ormsby, Matt Jones, Jediah Morgan, Blake Windred

Smash GC – Brooks Koepka, Adrian Otaegui, Richard Bland, Chase Koepka

Stinger GC – Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel, Branden Grace, Henni du Plessis

Torque GC – Hideto Tanihara, Ryosuke Kinoshita, Yuki Inamori, Jinichiro Kozuma

Event Three – July 29-31 – Trump National Golf Club, Bedminster, USA

Individual winner – Henrik Stenson (-11). Team winner – 4 Aces GC (-25)

Teams:

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

Cleeks GC – Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, Laurie Canter, David Puig (AM)

Crushers GC – Bryson DeChambeau, Paul Casey, Charles Howell III, Shaun Norris

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Paul Casey is welcomed into the LIV Golf series, and Crushers GC, by team captain Bryson DeChambeau. Paul Casey is welcomed into the LIV Golf series, and Crushers GC, by team captain Bryson DeChambeau.

Fireballs GC – Sergio Garcia, Abraham Ancer, Carlos Ortiz, Eugenio Chacarra

HY Flyers GC – Phil Mickelson, Bernd Wiesberger, Matthew Wolff, Justin Harding

Iron Heads GC – Kevin Na, Sadom Kaewkanjana, Phachara Khongwatmai, Scott Vincent

Majesticks GC – Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Henrik Stenson, Sam Horsfield

Niblicks GC – Graeme McDowell, Hudson Swafford, James Piot, Turk Pettit

Punch GC – Wade Ormsby, Matt Jones, Travis Smyth, Jediah Morgan

Smash GC – Brooks Koepka, Jason Kokrak, Richard Bland, Chase Koepka

Stinger GC – Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel, Branden Grace, Henni du Plessis

Torque GC – Hideto Tanihara, Ryosuke Kinoshita, Yuki Inamori, Jinichiro Kozuma

Event Four – September 2-4 – The Oaks Golf Course at The International, Boston, USA

Individual winner – Dustin Johnson (-15, play-off). Team winner – 4 Aces GC (-32)

Teams:

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

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Dustin Johnson beat Joaquin Niemann and Anirban Lahiri in a play-off in Boston to emerge victorious in the LIV Golf Invitational Series Dustin Johnson beat Joaquin Niemann and Anirban Lahiri in a play-off in Boston to emerge victorious in the LIV Golf Invitational Series

Cleeks GC – Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, Laurie Canter, Richard Bland

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

Fireballs GC – Sergio Garcia, Abraham Ancer, Carlos Ortiz, Eugenio Chacarra

HY Flyers GC – Phil Mickelson, Bernd Wiesberger, Matthew Wolff, Cameron Tringale

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

Majesticks GC – Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Sam Horsfield, Shergo Al Kurdi

Niblicks GC – Harold Varner III, Hudson Swafford, James Piot, Turk Pettit

Punch GC – Cameron Smith, Marc Leishman, Wade Ormsby, Matt Jones

Smash GC – Brooks Koepka, Jason Kokrak, Peter Uihlein, Chase Koepka

Stinger GC – Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel, Branden Grace, Shaun Norris

Torque GC – Joaquin Niemann, Scott Vincent, Adrian Otaegui, Jediah Morgan

Event Five – September 16-18 – Rich Harvest Farms Golf, Chicago, USA

Teams:

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

Cleeks GC – Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, Laurie Canter, Richard Bland

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

Fireballs GC – Sergio Garcia, Abraham Ancer, Carlos Ortiz, Eugenio Chacarra

HY Flyers GC – Phil Mickelson, Bernd Wiesberger, Matthew Wolff, Cameron Tringale

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

Majesticks GC – Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Henrik Stenson, Sam Horsfield

Niblicks GC – Harold Varner III, Hudson Swafford, James Piot, Turk Pettit

Punch GC – Cameron Smith, Marc Leishman, Wade Ormsby, Matt Jones

Smash GC – Brooks Koepka, Jason Kokrak, Peter Uihlein, Chase Koepka

Torque GC – Joaquin Niemann, Scott Vincent, David Puig, Jediah Morgan

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PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan says that they can’t compete with the Saudi backed LIV Invitational Series financially in a statement given before the Travelers Championship PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan says that they can’t compete with the Saudi backed LIV Invitational Series financially in a statement given before the Travelers Championship

What are the future plans?

Stonehill Golf Club in Bangkok will be the venue from October 7-9 and Royal Greens Golf Club – the site of the Saudi International in recent years – hosts the following week, with the season-ending Team Championship at Trump National Doral Miami from October 27-30.

The format changes in the Team Championship, which is a seeded four-day, four-round, match play knockout tournament. The top four seeds automatically receive a bye through the first round, with the remaining eight teams playing against each other to see who reaches the quarter-finals.

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