LIV Golf announce new twist to their $50m season-ending event in Miami

LIV Golf have announced distance measuring devices will be allowed for their season-ending $50m team championship in Miami at Trump National Doral.

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Wed, 26 Oct 2022
LIV Golf announce new twist to their $50m season-ending event in Miami

The inaugural season of the LIV Golf Invitational Series comes to a close this week in Miami with the $50m Team Championship at Trump National Doral. 

Earlier in the year LIV Golf announced their players had the option of wearing shorts in their events. 

Of course, we knew Phil Mickelson - who sparked controversy once again with his prediction of what he thinks will happen to the PGA Tour - was always going to get his famously large calves out. 

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Now LIV Golf have announced another change for their season finale. 

Rangefinders will be allowed over the three-day event. Apparently, it's part of an attempt to speed up the golf even more. 

LIV Golf confirmed the news via their official social media channels on Tuesday. There is one caveat, though, and that is elevation change calculation [slope reading] will not be allowed. 

You might remember that in 2021 for the first time in major championship history, distance measuring devices were allowed at the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island. 

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That was also the scene where the aforementioned Mickelson defied the odds to become the oldest male winner of a major at the age of 50 years old, 11 months and seven days. 

Earlier in the week, there was the announcement of three big team changes. 

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It followed LIV Golf chief executive Greg Norman's comments that the controversial breakaway tour has "revived the sport in record time". 

Elsewhere, new World No.1 Rory McIlroy has also spoken of his latest thoughts on the LIV series in an interview with The Guardian's Ewan Murray. 

Despite saying that he believes Norman is hiding behind LIV Golf "being a force for good", the Ulsterman claims that the situation with the warring tours has "gotten out of hand". 

"If the two entities keep doubling down in both directions, it is only going to become irreparable," he said. "We are going to have a fractured sport for a long time. That is no good for anyone." 

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