LIV Golf Invitational Series: EVERYTHING you need to know

What is the LIV Golf series all about? Here is everything you need to know about the controversial Saudi-backed series so far in 2022.

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Thu, 13 Oct 2022
LIV Golf Invitational Series: EVERYTHING you need to know...

The first LIV Golf Invitational Series began at Centurion Golf Club in St. Albans in June, and incredibly both Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson broke away from the PGA Tour to join Greg Norman's new Saudi-backed circuit. 

Johnson and Mickelson headlined the field made up of some of golf's biggest names including Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel and Talor Gooch.

A total of 48 players will compete in each event on the LIV Golf Series. The first LIV Golf tournament was held in Hertfordshire, England from June 9-11. 

It has since been revealed that all PGA Tour players competing in the LIV Golf Invitational Series, at any stage, will be banned by the PGA Tour.

Since the first event, Patrick Reed, Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson, Abraham Ancer, Bubba Watson and Matthew Wolff have all made the big switch to the breakaway series.

Who played in the first LIV Golf event in London? 

Oliver BekkerSouth Africa
Richard BlandEngland
Itthipat BuranatanyaratThailand
Laurie CanterEngland
TK ChantananuwatThailand
Hennie Du PlessisSouth Africa
Oliver FisherEngland
Sergio GarciaSpain
Talor GoochUSA
Branden GraceSouth Africa
Justin HardingSouth Africa
Sam HorsfieldEngland
Dustin JohnsonUSA
Matt JonesAustralia
Sadom KaewkanjanaThailand
Martin KaymerGermany 
Phachara KhongwatmaiThailand
Sihwan KimUSA
Ryosuke KinoshitaJapan
Chase Koepka USA
Jinichiro KozumaJapan
Pablo LarrazabalSpain
Viraj MadappaIndia
Graeme McDowellNorthern Ireland
Phil MickelsonUSA
Jediah MorganAustralia
Kevin NaUSA
Shaun NorrisSouth Africa
Andy OgletreeUSA
Louis OosthuizenSouth Africa
Wade OrmsbyAustralia
Adrian OtaeguiSpain
Turk PettitUSA
James PiotUSA
Ian PoulterEngland
David PuigSpain
JC RitchieSouth Africa
Charl SchwartzelSouth Africa
Travis SmythAustralia
Ian SnymanSouth Africa
Hudson SwaffordUSA
Hideto TaniharaJapan
Peter Uihlein USA
Scott VincentZimbabwe
Lee WestwoodEngland
Bernd WiesbergerAustria
Blake WindredAustralia
Kevin YuanAustralia

What were the LIV Golf Teams in London?

4 ACES GC

HY FLYERS GC

PUNCH GC

Dustin Johnson

Phil Mickelson

Wade Orsmby

Shaun Norris

Justin Harding

Matt Jones

Oliver Bekker

TK Chantananuwat (Am)

Ryosuke Kinoshita

Kevin Yuan

Chase Koepka

Blake Windred

CLEEKS GC

IRON HEADS GC

SMASH GC

Martin Kaymer

Kevin Na

Sihwan Kim

Pablo Larrazabal 

Sadom Kaewkanjana

Scott Vincent

JC Ritchie

Hideto Tanihara* 

Jinichiro Kozuma

Ian Snyman

Viraj Madappa 

Itthipat Buranatanyarat

CRUSHERS GC

MAJESTICKS GC

STINGER GC

Peter Uihlein

Ian Poulter

Louis Oosthuizen

Richard Bland*

Lee Westwood

Hennie du Plessis 

Phachara Khongwatmai

Sam Horsfield 

Charl Schwartzel

Travis Smyth

Laurie Canter 

Branden Grace 

FIREBALLS GC

NIBLICKS GC

TORQUE GC

Sergio Garcia

Graeme McDowell

Talor Gooch

David Puig (Am)

Bernd Wiesberger 

Hudson Swafford 

James Piot (Am) 

Turk Pettit

Adrian Otaegui 

Jediah Morgan 

Oliver Fisher

Andy Ogletree

Who played in the second LIV Golf event in Portland?

Brooks KoepkaUSA
Adrian OtaeguiSpain
Richard BlandEngland
Chase KoepkaUSA
Wade OrmsbyAustralia
Matt JonesAustralia
Jediah MorganAustralia
Blake WindredAustralia
Graeme McDowellNorthern Ireland
Hudson SwaffordUSA
James PiotUSA
Travis Smyth Australia
Lee WestwoodEngland
Ian PoulterEngland
Sam HorsfieldEngland
Laurie CanterEngland
Phil MickelsonUSA
Bernd WiesbergerAustria
Matthew WolffUSA
Itthipat BuranatanyaratThailand
Sergio GarciaSpain
Abraham AncerMexico
Carlos OrtizMexico
Eugenio Lopez-ChacarraSpain
Bryson DeChambeauUSA
Shaun NorrisSouth Africa
Justin HardingSouth Africa
Peter UihleinUSA
Dustin JohnsonUSA
Patrick ReedUSA
Talor GoochUSA
Pat PerezUSA
Martin KaymerGermany
Scott VincentZimbabwe
Ian SnymanSouth Africa
Turk PettitUSA
Kevin NaUSA
Phachara KhongwatmaiThailand
Sadom KaewkanjanaThailand
Sihwan KimUSA
Hideto TaniharaJapan
Yuki InamoriJapan
Ryosuke KinoshitaJapan
Jinichero KozumaJapan
Louis OosthuizenSouth Africa
Charl SchwartzelSouth Africa
Branden GraceSouth Africa
Hennie Du PlessisSouth Africa

 

What were the LIV Golf Teams in Portland?

4 ACES GC

HY FLYERS GC

PUNCH GC

Dustin Johnson

Phil Mickelson

Wade Orsmby

Patrick Reed

Bernd Wiesberger

Matt Jones

Talor Gooch

Matthew Wolff

Jediah Morgan

Pat Perez

Itthipat Buranatanyarat

Blake Windred

CLEEKS GC

IRON HEADS GC

SMASH GC

Martin Kaymer

Kevin Na

Brooks Koepka

Scott Vincent

Sadom Kaewkanjana

Adrian Otaegui

Ian Snyman

Phachara Khongwatmai

Richard Bland

Turk Pettit

Sihwan Kim

Chase Koepka

CRUSHERS GC

MAJESTICKS GC

STINGER GC

Bryson DeChambeau

Ian Poulter

Louis Oosthuizen

Shaun Norris

Lee Westwood

Hennie du Plessis 

Justin Harding

Sam Horsfield 

Charl Schwartzel

Peter Uihlein

Laurie Canter 

Branden Grace 

FIREBALLS GC

NIBLICKS GC

TORQUE GC

Sergio Garcia

Graeme McDowell

Hideto Taniahra

Abraham Ancer

Hudson Swafford

Ryosuke Kinoshita

Carlos Ortiz

James Piot

Yuki Inamori

Eugenio Lopez-Chacrra

Travis Smyth

Jinichiro Kozuma

Who played in the third LIV Golf event at Bedminster?

Brooks Koepka USA
Jason Kokrak Spain
Richard BlandEngland
Chase Koepka USA
Wade OrmsbyAustralia
Matt Jones Australia
Jediah Morgan Australia
Travis Smyth Australia
Graeme McDowell Northern Ireland
Martin Kaymer USA
Laurie Canter USA
David Puig Australia
Lee Westwood England
Ian Poulter England
Henrik Stenson England
Sam Horsfield England
Phil Mickelson USA
Bernd Wiesberger Austria
Matthew Wolff USA
Justin Harding Thailand
Sergio Garcia Spain
Abraham Ancer Mexico
Carlos Ortiz Mexico
Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra Spain
Bryson DeChambeau USA
Shaun Norris South Africa
Paul Casey South Africa
Charles Howell III USA
Dustin Johnson USA
Patrick Reed USA
Talor Gooch USA
Pat Perez USA
Turk Pettit Germany
Hudson Swafford Zimbabwe
James Piot South Africa
Peter Uihlein USA
Kevin Na USA
Phachara Khongwatmai Thailand
Sadom Kaewkanjana Thailand
Scott Vincent USA
Hideto Tanihara  Japan
Yuki Inamori Japan
Ryosuke Kinoshita Japan
Jinichero Kozuma Japan
Louis Oosthuizen South Africa
Charl Schwartzel South Africa
Branden Grace South Africa
Hennie Du Plessis South Africa

 

What were the LIV Golf Teams in Bedminster?

4 ACES GC

HY FLYERS GC

PUNCH GC

Dustin Johnson

Phil Mickelson

Wade Orsmby

Patrick Reed

Bernd Wiesberger

Matt Jones

Talor Gooch

Matthew Wolff

Jediah Morgan

Pat Perez

Justin Harding

Travis Smyth

CLEEKS GC

IRON HEADS GC

SMASH GC

Martin Kaymer

Kevin Na

Brooks Koepka

Graeme McDowell

Sadom Kaewkanjana

Jason Kokrak

Laurie Canter

Phachara Khongwatmai

Richard Bland

David Puig

Scott Vincent

Chase Koepka

CRUSHERS GC

MAJESTICKS GC

STINGER GC

Bryson DeChambeau

Ian Poulter

Louis Oosthuizen

Shaun Norris

Lee Westwood

Hennie du Plessis 

Paul Casey

Sam Horsfield 

Charl Schwartzel

Charles Howell III

Henrik Stenson

Branden Grace 

FIREBALLS GC

NIBLICKS GC

TORQUE GC

Sergio Garcia

Hudson Swafford

Hideto Taniahra

Abraham Ancer

Peter Uihlein

Ryosuke Kinoshita

Carlos Ortiz

James Piot

Yuki Inamori

Eugenio Lopez-Chacrra

Turk Pettit

Jinichiro Kozuma

Who played in the fourth LIV Golf event in Boston?

Phil MickelsonUSA
Bernd Wiesberger Austria
Matthew WolffUSA
Cameron TringaleUSA
Cameron SmithAustralia
Marc LeishmanAustralia
Matt JonesAustralia
Wade OrmsbyAustralia
Brooks KoepkaUSA
Jason KokrakUSA
Peter UihleinUSA
Chase KoepkaUSA
Martin KaymerGermany
Graeme McDowellNorthern Ireland
Laurie CanterEngland
Richard BlandEngland
Dustin JohnsonUSA
Talor GoochUSA
Pat PerezUSA
Patrick ReedUSA
Lee WestwoodEngland
Ian PoulterEngland
Sam HorsfieldEngland
Shergo Al KurdiJordan
Bryson DeChambeauUSA
Charles Howell IIIUSA
Paul CaseyEngland
Anirban LahiriIndia
Louis OosthuizenSouth Africa
Charl Schwartzel South Africa
Branden GraceSouth Africa
Shaun NorrisSouth Africa
Kevin NaUSA
Sadom KaewkanjanaThailand
Sihwan KimUSA
Phachara KhongwatmaiThailand
Sergio GarciaSpain
Abraham AncerMexico
Carlos OrtizMexico
Eugenio ChacarraSpain
Harold Varner IIIUSA
Hudson SwaffordUSA
Turk PettitUSA
James PiotUSA
Joaquin NiemannChile
Adrian OtaeguiSpain
Jediah MorganAustralia
Scott VincentZimbabwe

Cameron Smith joins LIV Golf

Cameron Smith, the winner of the 150th Open Championship at St Andrews, became the highest-profile PGA Tour defection ahead of the LIV Golf Invitational in Boston. 

Smith was one of six new signings. He is anticipated to be the team captain of an all-Australian team. 

The other players added to the LIV Golf field in Boston are: 

  • Marc Leishman
  • Anirban Lahiri
  • Cameron Tringale
  • Harold Varner III
  • Joaquin Niemann

What were the LIV Golf Teams in Boston?

Hy Flyers GCPunch GCSmash GC
Phil MickelsonCameron SmithBrooks Koepka
Bernd WiesbergerMarc LeishmanJason Kokrak
Matthew WolffMatt JonesPeter Uihlein
Cameron TringaleWade OrmsbyChase Koepka
Cleeks GC4 Aces GCMajesticks GC
Martin KaymerDustin JohnsonLee Westwood
Graeme McDowellTalor GoochIan Poulter
Laurie CanterPat PerezSam Horsfield
Richard BlandPatrick ReedShergo Al Kurdi
Crushers GCStinger GCIron Heads GC
Bryson DeChambeauLouis OosthuizenKevin Na
Charles Howell IIICharl SchwartzelSadom Kaewkanjana
Paul CaseyBranden GraceSihwan Kim
Anirban LahiriShaun NorrisPhachara Khongwatmai
Fireballs GCNiblicks GCTorque GC
Sergio GarciaHarold Varner IIIJoaquin Niemann
Abraham AncerHudson SwaffordScott Vincent
Carlos OrtizTurk PettitAdrian Otaegui
Eugenio ChacarraJames PiotJediah Morgan

Who played in the fifth LIV Golf event in Chicago?

Abraham AncerMexico
Richard BlandEngland 
Laurie CanterEngland
Paul CaseyEngland
Eugenio Lopez-ChacarraSpain
Bryson DeChambeauUSA
Sergio GarciaSpain
Talor GoochUSA
Branden Grace South Africa
Sam HorsfieldEngland
Charles Howell IIIUSA
Dustin JohnsonUSA
Matt JonesAustralia
Sadom KaewkanjanaThailand
Martin KaymerGermany
Phachara KhongwatmaiThailand
Sihwan KimUSA
Brooks KoepkaUSA
Chase KoepkaUSA
Jason KokrakUSA
Anirban LahiriIndia
Marc LeishmanAustralia
Graeme McDowellNorthern Ireland
Phil MickelsonUSA
Jediah MorganAustralia
Kevin NaUSA
Joaquin NiemannChile
Shaun NorrisSouth Africa
Louis OosthuizenSouth Africa
Wade OrmsbyAustralia
Carlos OrtizMexico
Pat PerezUSA
Turk PettitUSA
James PiotUSA
Ian PoulterEngland
David PuigSpain
Patrick ReedUSA
Charl SchwartzelSouth Africa
Cameron SmithAustralia
Henrik StensonSweden
Hudson SwaffordUSA
Cameron TringaleUSA
Peter UihleinUSA
Harold Varner IIIUSA
Scott VincentZimbabwe
Lee WestwoodEngland
Bernd WiesbergerAustria
Matthew WolffUSA

What were the LIV Golf Teams in Chicago?

4 AcesHy FlyersPunch GCCleeks GC
Dustin JohnsonPhil MickelsonCameron SmithMartin Kaymer
Patrick ReedBernd WiesbergerMarc LeishmanGraeme McDowell
Talor GoochMatthew WolffMatt JonesLaurie Canter
Pat PerezCameron TringaleWade OrmsbyRichard Bland
Iron HeadsSmash GCCrushersMajesticks
Kevin NaBrooks KoepkaBryson DeChambeauLee Westwood
Sadom KaewkanjanaJason KokrakPaul CaseyIan Poulter
Phachara KhongwatmaiPeter UihleinCharles Howell IIIHenrik Stenson
Sihwan KimChase KoepkaAnirban LahiriSam Horsfield
Stinger GCFireballs GCNiblicks GCTorque GC
Louis OosthuizenSergio GarciaHarold Varner IIIJoaquin Niemann
Charl SchwartzelAbraham AncerHudson SwaffordScott Vincent
Branden GraceCarlos OrtizJames PiotDavid Puig
Shaun NorrisEugenio Lopez-ChacarraTurk PettitJediah Morgan

Who played in the sixth LIV Golf event in Bangkok?

Abraham AncerMexico
Richard BlandEngland 
Laurie CanterEngland
Paul CaseyEngland
Eugenio Lopez-ChacarraSpain
Bryson DeChambeauUSA
Sergio GarciaSpain
Talor GoochUSA
Branden Grace South Africa
Sam HorsfieldEngland
Charles Howell IIIUSA
Dustin JohnsonUSA
Matt JonesAustralia
Sadom KaewkanjanaThailand
Martin KaymerGermany
Phachara KhongwatmaiThailand
Sihwan KimUSA
Brooks KoepkaUSA
Chase KoepkaUSA
Jason KokrakUSA
Anirban LahiriIndia
Marc LeishmanAustralia
Graeme McDowellNorthern Ireland
Phil MickelsonUSA
Jediah MorganAustralia
Kevin NaUSA
Joaquin NiemannChile
Shaun NorrisSouth Africa
Louis OosthuizenSouth Africa
Wade OrmsbyAustralia
Carlos OrtizMexico
Pat PerezUSA
Turk PettitUSA
James PiotUSA
Ian PoulterEngland
Hideto TaniharaSpain
Patrick ReedUSA
Charl SchwartzelSouth Africa
Cameron SmithAustralia
Henrik StensonSweden
Hudson SwaffordUSA
Cameron TringaleUSA
Peter UihleinUSA
Harold Varner IIIUSA
Scott VincentZimbabwe
Lee WestwoodEngland
Bernd WiesbergerAustria
Matthew WolffUSA

What were the LIV Golf teams in Bangkok?

4 AcesHy FlyersPunch GCCleeks GC
Dustin JohnsonPhil MickelsonCameron SmithMartin Kaymer
Patrick ReedBernd WiesbergerMarc LeishmanGraeme McDowell
Talor GoochMatthew WolffMatt JonesLaurie Canter
Pat PerezCameron TringaleWade OrmsbyRichard Bland
Iron HeadsSmash GCCrushersMajesticks
Kevin NaBrooks KoepkaBryson DeChambeauLee Westwood
Sadom KaewkanjanaJason KokrakPaul CaseyIan Poulter
Phachara KhongwatmaiPeter UihleinCharles Howell IIIHenrik Stenson
Sihwan KimChase KoepkaAnirban LahiriSam Horsfield
Stinger GCFireballs GCNiblicks GCTorque GC
Louis OosthuizenSergio GarciaHarold Varner IIIJoaquin Niemann
Charl SchwartzelAbraham AncerHudson SwaffordScott Vincent
Branden GraceCarlos OrtizJames PiotHideto Tanihara
Shaun NorrisEugenio Lopez-ChacarraTurk PettitJediah Morgan

Who played in the seventh LIV Golf event in Jeddah?

Abraham AncerMexico
Richard BlandEngland 
Laurie CanterEngland
Paul CaseyEngland
Eugenio Lopez-ChacarraSpain
Bryson DeChambeauUSA
Sergio GarciaSpain
Talor GoochUSA
Branden Grace South Africa
Sam HorsfieldEngland
Charles Howell IIIUSA
Dustin JohnsonUSA
Matt JonesAustralia
Sadom KaewkanjanaThailand
Martin KaymerGermany
Phachara KhongwatmaiThailand
Sihwan KimUSA
Brooks KoepkaUSA
Chase KoepkaUSA
Jason KokrakUSA
Anirban LahiriIndia
Marc LeishmanAustralia
Graeme McDowellNorthern Ireland
Phil MickelsonUSA
Jediah MorganAustralia
Kevin NaUSA
Joaquin NiemannChile
Shaun NorrisSouth Africa
Louis OosthuizenSouth Africa
Wade OrmsbyAustralia
Carlos OrtizMexico
Pat PerezUSA
Turk PettitUSA
James PiotUSA
Ian PoulterEngland
Hideto TaniharaSpain
Patrick ReedUSA
Charl SchwartzelSouth Africa
Cameron SmithAustralia
Henrik StensonSweden
Hudson SwaffordUSA
Cameron TringaleUSA
Peter UihleinUSA
Harold Varner IIIUSA
Scott VincentZimbabwe
Lee WestwoodEngland
Bernd WiesbergerAustria
Matthew WolffUSA

What were the LIV Golf teams in Jeddah?

4 AcesHy FlyersPunch GCCleeks GC
Dustin JohnsonPhil MickelsonCameron SmithMartin Kaymer
Patrick ReedBernd WiesbergerMarc LeishmanGraeme McDowell
Talor GoochMatthew WolffMatt JonesLaurie Canter
Pat PerezCameron TringaleWade OrmsbyRichard Bland
Iron HeadsSmash GCCrushersMajesticks
Kevin NaBrooks KoepkaBryson DeChambeauLee Westwood
Sadom KaewkanjanaJason KokrakPaul CaseyIan Poulter
Phachara KhongwatmaiPeter UihleinCharles Howell IIIHenrik Stenson
Sihwan KimChase KoepkaAnirban LahiriSam Horsfield
Stinger GCFireballs GCNiblicks GCTorque GC
Louis OosthuizenSergio GarciaHarold Varner IIIJoaquin Niemann
Charl SchwartzelAbraham AncerHudson SwaffordScott Vincent
Branden GraceCarlos OrtizJames PiotHideto Tanihara
Shaun NorrisEugenio Lopez-ChacarraTurk PettitJediah Morgan

2022 LIV Golf Invitational Series schedule:

June 9 - 11 - Centurion Golf Club, near London (GB)

June 30 - July 2 - Pumpkin Ridge, Portland (USA)

July 29 - 31 - Trump National Golf Club, Bedminster, New Jersey (USA)

September 2 - 4 - The International, Boston (USA)

September 16 - 18 - Rich Harvest Farms, Chicago (USA)

October 7 - 9 - Stonehill, Bangkok (THAI)

October 14 - 16 - Royal Greens & Country Club, Jeddah (SAU)

October 27 - 30 - Trump National Golf Club Doral, Miami (USA)

How does the LIV Golf Invitational Series work? 

There will be a seven-event regular season where players compete in 12 teams for both points and prize money. After seven events, an individual champion will be decided based on points throughout the season.

The eighth and final event will be the season-ending Team Championship matchplay event. This Team Championship will be a seeded four-day, four-round matchplay knock-out.

The LIV Golf Invitational Series will feature 12 teams of four players each and as each event will be made up of a different field, each team will be decided by a weekly draft.

Each team will have a LIV-appointed captain who will select their three open team positions via a snake draft format.

Over the first two rounds of each event, the best two stroke play scores count and the best three scores will count in rounds three and four. The lowest overall team score after 54 holes wins.

How can you watch the tournament on TV? 

If you cannot stomach the £68 daily admission ticket to watch the action up close and personal, you can watch the 54-hole tournament unfold on YouTube

LIV Golf will also be screening the action live on their official website. 

How much money is up for grabs in the LIV Golf Invitational Series?

As for the weekly individual events, the player who simply has the lowest score after 54 holes wins that event, the same as any stroke play tournament.

Each team will have unique logos, colours and names.

In total, $255 million will be up for grabs across the eight LIV Golf tournaments this season.

At every regular-season event, the prize purse will be $25 million. The winner of each event will win $4 million.

Even if you finish last in the 48-man field, you will still receive $120,000.

A total of $30 million will be put aside for the top three individual players after the first seven events. This is only available to players who play a minimum of four events.

The Team Championship will have a total prize fund of $50 million where all 12 teams get a cut. $16 million goes to first place and $1 million goes to 12th place.

Each event will be 54 holes, featuring 48 players. To ensure a faster pace of play, there will be shotgun starts and there will be no cuts at any of the events.

Here's how much they all earned at LIV Golf Invitational London...

1: $4,000,000 - Charl Schwartzel
2: $2,125,000 - Hennie Du Plessis
T3: $1,500,000 - Branden Grace, Peter Uihlein
5: $975,000 - Sam Horsfield
T6: $800,000 - Oliver Bekker, Adrian Otaegui
8: $625,000 - Dustin Johnson
9: $580,000 - Talor Gooch
T10: $560,000 - Graeme McDowell, Justin Harding, Louis Oosthuizen
T13: $360,000 - Pablo Larrazabal, Ryosuke Kinoshita
T15: $250,000 - Martin Kaymer, Jinichiro Kozuma
T17: $232,000 - Richard Bland, JC Ritchie, Laurie Canter
T20: $200,000 - Ian Poulter, Scott Vincent
T22: $172,000 - Shaun Norris, Wade Orsmby, Sergio Garcia
T25: $166,000 - James Piot, Matt Jones, Ian Snyman, Phachara Khongwatmai
29: $158,000 - Lee Westwood
T30: $156,000 - Hudson Swafford, Viraj Madappa, Jediah Morgan
T33: $150,000 - Kevin Yuan, Phil Mickelson, Travis Smyth, Kevin Na, Chase Koepka
T38: $140,000 - Oliver Fisher, Blake Windred, David Puig, Hideto Tanihara, Ratchanon Chantananuwat
T43: $130,000 - Bernd Wiesberger, Sihwan Kim
45: $126,000 - Turk Pettit
46: $124,000 - Sadom Kaewkanjana
47: $122,000 - Itthipat Buranatanyarat
48: $120,000 - Andy Ogletree

Team prize is split in four ways:

1: $3,000,000 - Stinger GC, -20 (Schwartzel, Du Plessis, Grace, Oosthuizen)
2: $1,500,000 - Crushers GC, -6 (Uihlien, Bland, Smyth, Khongwatmai)
3: $500,000 - Majesticks GC, -5 (Horsfield, Poulter, Westwood, Canter)

Here's how much they all earned at LIV Golf Invitational Portland...

1: Branden Grace - $4,000,000

2: Carlos Ortiz - $2,125,000

T-3: Patrick Reed - $1,275,000

T-3: Dustin Johnson - $1,275,000

5: Louis Oosthuizen - $975,000

6: Jinichiro Kozuma - $800,000

7: Talor Gooch - $675,000

T-8: Matthew Wolff - $602,500

T-8: Justin Harding - $602,500

10: Bryson DeChambeau - $560,000

T-11: Abraham Ancer - $374,000

T-11: Yuki Inamori - $374,000

T-11: Kevin Na - $374,000

T-11: Sam Horsfield - $374,000

T-11: Sihwan Kim - $374,000

T-16: Lee Westwood - $223,600

T-16: Hideto Tanihara - $223,600

T-16: Matt Jones - $223,600

T-16: Martin Kaymer - $223,600

T-16: Brooks Koepka - $223,600

21: Adrian Otaegui - $180,000

22: James Piot - $172,000

T-23: Chase Koepka - $168,000

T-23: Ryosuke Kinoshita - $168,000

T-23: Scott Vincent - $168,000

26: Sergio Garcia - $164,000

T-27: Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra - $161,000

T-27: Richard Bland - $161,000

T-29: Phachara Khongwatmai - $153,000

T-29: Ian Snyman - $153,000

T-29: Hudson Swafford - $153,000

T-29: Travis Smyth - $153,000

T-29: Hennie Du Plessis - $153,000

T-29: Pat Perez - $153,000

T-35: Graeme McDowell - $145,000

T-35: Wade Ormsby - $145,000

T-37: Bernd Wiesberger - $140,000

T-37: Laurie Canter - $140,000

T-37: Charl Schwartzel - $140,000

T-40: Sadom Kaewkanjana - $133,000

T-40: Ian Poulter - $133,000

T-40: Phil Mickelson - $133,000

T-40: Peter Uihlein - $133,000

T-44: Itthipat Buranatanyanrat - $127,000

T-44: Blake Windred - $127,000

46: Turk Pettit - $124,000

47: Shaun Norris - $122,000

48: Jediah Morgan - $120,000

Team prize is split in four ways:

1: 4 Aces (Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Talor Gooch, Pat Perez), -23, $3,000,000

2: Stinger GC (Branden Grace, Hennie Du Plessis, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel), -16, $1,500,000

3: Fireballs GC (Carlos Ortiz, Abraham Ancer, Sergio Garcia, Eugenio Lopez-Charcarra), -12, $500,000

Here's how much they all earned at LIV Golf Invitational Bedminster

1: Henrik Stenson, -11, $4,000,000

T-2: Matthew Wolff, -9, $1,812,500

T-2: Dustin Johnson, -9, $1,812,500

4: Carlos Ortiz, -8, $1,050,000

5: Patrick Reed, -7, $975,000

T-6: Paul Casey, -4, $648,000

T-6: Sergio Garcia, -4, $648,000

T-6: Turk Pettit, -4, $648,000

T-6: Lee Westwood, -4, $648,000

T-6: Talor Gooch, -4, $648,000

T-11: Brooks Koepka, -3, $495,000

T-11: Martin Kaymer, -3, $495,000

T-13: Branden Grace, -2, $293,333

T-13: Ian Poulter, -2, $293,333

T-13: Phachara Khongwatmai, -2, $293,333

T-16: Chase Koepka, -1, $236,000

T-16: Sam Horsfield, -1, $236,000

18: Charl Schwartzel, E, $226,000

T-19: Matt Jones, +1, $200,000

T-19: Louis Oosthuizen, +1, $200,000

T-19: Justin Harding, +1, $200,000

22: Travis Smyth, +2, $172,000

T-23: Shaun Norris, +3, $168,000

T-23: Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra, +3, $168,000

T-23: Peter Uihlein, +3, $168,000

T-26: Laurie Canter, +4, $160,000

T-26: James Piot, +4, $160,000

T-26: Jinichiro Kozuma, +4, $160,000

T-26: Jason Kokrak, +4, $160,000

T-26: Charles Howell III, +4, $160,000

T-31: Hudson Swafford, +5, $151,000

T-31: Bryson DeChambeau, +5, $151,000

T-31: Pat Perez, +5, $151,000

T-31: Bernd Wiesberger, +5, $151,000

35: Phil Mickelson, +6, $146,000

T-36: Sadom Kaewkanjana, +7, $141,000

T-36: Graeme McDowell, +7, $141,000

T-36: Ryosuke Kinoshita, +7, $141,000

T-36: Kevin Na, +7, $141,000

T-40: Abraham Ancer, +8, $135,000

T-40: Richard Bland, +8, $135,000

T-42: David Puig, +9, Amateur

T-42: Scott Vincent, +9, $132,000

T-44: Hennie DuPlessis, +10, $127,000

T-44: Yuki Inamori, +10, $127,000

46: Wade Orsmby, +11, $124,000

47: Hideto Tanihara, +12, $122,000

48: Jediah Morgan, +16, $120,000

Team prize is split in four ways:

1: 4 Aces (Johnson, Perez, Reed, Gooch), -25, $3,000,000

2: Majesticks (Westwood, Horsfield, Poulter, Stenson), -17, $1,500,000

3: Fireballs (Garcia, Ancer, Ortiz, Lopez), -12, $500,000 

Here's how much they all earned at LIV Golf Invitational Boston

1 : Dustin Johnson, -15, $4,000,000

P-2: Joaquin Niemann, -15, $1,812,500

P-2: Anirban Lahiri, -15, $1,812,500

T-4: Cameron Smith, -14, $1,012,750

T-4: Lee Westwood, -14, $1,012,750

6: Talor Gooch, -13, $800,000

7: Jason Kokrak, -12, $675,000

8: Abraham Ancer, -11, $625,000

T-9: Louis Oosthuizen, -10 $560,000

T-9: Kevin Na, -10 $560,000

T-9: Sergio Garcia, -10 $560,000

12: Branden Grace, -9, $450,000

T-13: Matthew Wolff, -8, $315,000

T-13: Sadom Kaewkanjana, -8, $315,000

T-15: Pat Perez, -7, $240,667

T-15: Bernd Wiesberger, -7, $240,667

T-15: Charles Howell III, -7, $240,667

T-18: Ian Poulter, -6, $215,333

T-18: Richard Bland, -6, $215,333

T-18: Bryson DeChambeau, -6, $215,333

T-21: Martin Kaymer, -5, $171,200

T-21: Laurie Canter, -5, $171,200

T-21: Paul Casey, -5, $171,200

T-21: Scott Vincent, -5, $171,200

T-21: Cameron Tringale, -5, $171,200

T-26: Matt Jones, -4, $161,000

T-26: Carlos Ortiz, -4, $161,000

T-26: Brooks Koepka, -4, $161,000

T-26: Jediah Morgan, -4, $161,000

T-30: Harold Varner III, -3, $152,000

T-30: Phachara Khongwatmai, -3, $152,000

T-30: Chase Koepka, -3, $152,000

T-30: Marc Leishman, -3, $152,000

T-30: Patrick Reed, -3, $152,000

T-35: Charl Schwartzel, -2, $144,000

T-35: Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra, -2, $144,000

T-35: Shergo Al Kurdi, -2, $144,000

38: Sam Horsfield, -1, $140,000

39: Graeme McDowell, E, $138,000

T-40: Phil Mickelson, +2, $134,000

T-40: Hudson Swafford, +2, $134,000

T-40: Shaun Norris, +2, $134,000

43: Wade Ormsby, +4, $130,000

T-44: Peter Uihlein, +5, $127,000

T-44: Adrian Otaegui, +5, $127,000

46: Turk Pettit, +6, $124,000

47: James Piot, +13, $122,000

48: Sihwan Kim, +16, $120,000

Team prize is split in four ways:

1: 4 Aces (Talor Gooch, Dustin Johnson, Pat Perez, Patrick Reed) $3,000,000

2: Crushers (Bryson DeChambeau, Paul Casey, Charles Howell III, Anirban Lahiri), $1,500,000

3: Majesticks (Sam Horsfield, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Shergo Al Kurdi), $500,000

Here's how much they all earned at LIV Golf Invitational Chicago...

1: Cameron Smith, -13, $4,000,000

T-2: Peter Uihlein, -10, $1,812,500

T-2: Dustin Johnson, -10, $1,812,500

T-4: Sergio Garcia, -8, $1,012,500

T-4: Joaquin Niemann, -8, $1,012,500

T-6: Louis Oosthuizen, -7, $737,500

T-6: Charl Schwartzel, -7, $737,500

T-8: Phil Mickelson, -6, $576,250

T-8: Bryson DeChambeau, -6, $576,250

T-8: Chase Koepka, -6, $576,250

T-8: Laurie Canter, -6, $576,250

T-12: Lee Westwood, -5, $332,500

T-12: Scott Vincent, -5, $332,500

T-12: Patrick Reed, -5, $332,500

T-12: Cameron Tringale, -5, $332,500

T-16: Matt Jones, -4, $240,000

T-16: Matthew Wolff, -4, $240,000

T-18: Charles Howell III, -3, $215,333

T-18: Richard Bland, -3, $215,333

T-18: Brendan Grace, -3, $215,333

T-21: Brooks Koepka, -2, $167,000

T-21: Paul Casey, -2, $167,000

T-21: Abraham Ancer, -2, $167,000

T-21: Harold Varner III, -2, $167,000

T-21: Henrik Stenson, -2, $167,000

T-21: Anirban Lahiri, -2, $167,000

T-21: Jason Kokrak, -2, $167,000

T-21: Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra, -2, $167,000

T-29: Ian Poulter, -1, $157,000

T-29: James Piot, -1, $157,000

T-31: Phachara Khongwatmai, E, $154,000

T-31: Pat Perez, E, $154,000

T-31: Carlos Ortiz, E, $154,000

34: Kevin Na, +1, $148,000

T-35: Talor Gooch, +2, $145,000

T-35: Bernd Wiesberger, +2, $145,000

T-37: Sadom Kaekwanjana, +4, $137,000

T-37: Martin Kaymer, +4, $137,000

T-37: Graeme McDowell, +4, $137,000

T-37: Wade Ormsby, +4, $137,000

T-37: David Puig, +4, $137,000

T-37: Jediah Morgan, +4, $137,000

43: Sam Horsfield, +5$130,000

T-44: Marc Leishman, +6, $124,000

T-44: Hudson Swafford, +6, $124,000

T-44: Shaun Norris, +6, $124,000

T-44: Sihwan Kim, +6, $124,000

T-44: Turk Pettit, +6, $124,000

Team prize is split in four ways:

1: 4 Aces (Dustin Johnson, Talor Gooch, Pat Perez, Patrick Reed), $3,000,000

2: Smash (Brooks Koepka, Chase Koepka, Peter Uihlein, Jason Kokrak), $1,500,000

T-3: Hy Flyers (Phil Mickelson, Bernd Wiesberger, Matthew Wolff, Cameron Tringale), $250,000

T-3: Punch (Cameron Smith, Matt Jones, Wade Ormsby, Marc Leishman), $250,000

Here's how much they all earned at LIV Golf Invitational Bangkok...

1: Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra $4,000,000

2: Patrick Reed $2,125,000

T-3: Paul Casey $1,175,000

T-3: Richard Bland $1,175,000

T-3: Sihwan Kim $1,175,000

T-6: James Piot $737,500

T-6: Harold Varner III $737,500

T-8: Charles Howell III $602,500

T-8: Brooks Koepka $602,500

T-10: Abraham Ancer $477,500

T-10: Laurie Canter $477,500

T-10: Ian Poulter $477,500

T-10: Marc Leishman $477,500

14: Bryson DeChambeau $270,000

T-15: Matt Jones $233,600

T-15: Dustin Johnson $233,600

T-15: Phil Mickelson $233,600

T-15: Carlos Ortiz $233,600

T-15: Lee Westwood $233,600

T-20: Joaquin Niemann $174,285

T-20: Sergio Garcia $174,285

T-20: Sadom Kaewkaniana $174,285

T-20: Peter Uihlein $174,285

T-20: Talor Gooch $174,285

T-20: Jediah Morgan $174,285

T-20: Kevin Na $174,285

T-27: Charl Schwartzel $157,000

T-27: Phachara Khongwatmai $157,000

T-27: Shaun Norris $157,000

T-27: Jason Kokrak $157,000

T-27: Turk Pettit $157,000

T-27: Wade Ormsby $157,000

T-33: Chase Koepka $144,000

T-33: Sam Horsfield $144,000

T-33: Bernd Wiesberger $144,000

T-33: Henrik Stenson $144,000

T-33: Martin Kaymer $144,000

T-33: Hudson Swafford $144,000

T-33: Cameron Tringale $144,000

40: Pat Perez $136,000

T-41: Anirban Lahiri $131,000

T-41: Cameron Smith $131,000

T-41: Graeme McDowell $131,000

T-41: Matthew Wolff $131,000

T-45: Louis Oosthuizen $125,000

T-45: Scott Vincent $125,000

47: Hideto Tanihara $122,000

48: Branden Grace, WD, $120,000

Team prize is split in four ways:

1: Fireballs (Sergio Garcia, Abraham Ancer, Carlos Ortiz, Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra), $3,000,000, -45

2: Crushers (Bryson DeChambeau, Paul Casey, Charles Howell III, Anirban Lahiri) $1,500,000, -38

3: Cleeks (Richard Bland, Laurie Canter, Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell), $500,000, -37

Here's how much they all earned at LIV Golf Invitational Jeddah...

Win: Brooks Koepka, -12, $4,000,000

Playoff: Peter Uihlein, -12, $2,125,000

T-3: Joaquin Niemann, -11, $1,275,000

T-3: Sergio Garcia -11, $1,275,000

T-5: Matthew Wolff, -10, $816,666.67

T-5: Dustin Johnson, -10,$816,666.67

T-5: Paul Casey, -10, $816,666.67

T-8: Bernd Wiesberger, -9, $602,500

T-8: Charl Schwartzel, -9, $602,500

T-10: Anirban Lahiri, -8, $550,000

T-10: Abraham Ancer, -8, $550,000

T-12: Talor Gooch, -7, $289,714.28

T-12: Jediah Morgan, -7, $289,714.28

T-12: Chase Koepka, -7, $289,714.28

T-12: Lee Westwood, -7, $289,714.28

T-12: Graeme McDowell, -7, $289,714.28

T-12: Patrick Reed, -7, $289,714.28

T-12: Carlos Ortiz, -7, $289,714.28

T-19: Charles Howell III, -6, $210,000

T-19: Sihwan Kim, -6, $210,000

T-21: Bryson DeChambeau, -5, $172,500

T-21: Cameron Smith, -5, $172,500

T-21: Jason Kokrak, -5, $172,500

T-21: James Piot, -5, $172,500

T-25: Phachara Khongwatmai, -4, $164,000

T-25: Richard Bland, -4, $164,000

T-25: Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra, -4, $164,000

T-28: Branden Grace, -3, $156,000

T-28: Sam Horsfield, -3, $156,000

T-28: Laurie Canter, -3, $156,000

T-28: Louis Oosthuizen, -3, $156,000

T-28: Ian Poulter, -3, $156,000

T-33: Harold Varner III, -2, $149,000

T-33: Hideto Tanihara, -2, $149,000

T-35: Marc Leishman, -1, $144,000

T-35: Wade Ormsby , -1, $144,000

T-35: Phil Mickelson, -1, $144,000

T-38: Henrik Stenson, +1, $138,000

T-38: Sadom Kaewkanjana, +1, $138,000

T-38: Turk Pettit, +1, $138,000

T-41: Hudson Swafford, +2, $131,000

T-41: Cameron Tringale, +2, $131,000

T-41: Scott Vincent , +2, $131,000

T-41: Shaun Norris, +2, $131,000

45: Matt Jones, +3, $126,000

46: Pat Perez, +6, $124,000

Withdrawn: Martin Kaymer

Withdrawn: Kevin Na

Team payout info:

Win: Smash (Brooks Koepka, Chase Koepka Peter Uihlein, Jason Kokrak), $3,000,000

2: Fireballs (Sergio Garcia, Abraham Ancer, Carlos Ortiz, Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra), $1,500,000

T-3: Crushers (Bryson DeChambeau, Paul Casey, Anirban Lahiri, Charles Howell III), $250,000

T-3: 4 Aces (Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Talor Gooch, Pat Perez), $250,000

What does LIV stand for in LIV Golf?

The name LIV is a reference to the Roman numeral for 54, the score if every hole on a par-72 course were birdied and the number of holes to be played at LIV events

Why is there so much controversy surrounding the LIV Golf Invitational Series? 

There is great controversy surrounding the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational Series as it is funded by Saudi Arabian money. 

Without getting too much into the politics of things, Saudi Arabia has multiple human rights violations - and that is quite simply the main reason why there are so many critics of this new golf league funded by Saudi millions. 

The greatest example of their shocking human rights record was back in October 2018 when Jamal Khashoggi, a US-based journalist and critic of Saudi Arabia's government, walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and was murdered. 

Significant human rights issues in the country include unlawful killing, executions for nonviolent offences, forced disappearances, torture and cases of cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment of prisoners and detainees by government agents. The list goes on. 

With that in mind, the LIV Golf Invitational Series is run by LIV Golf Investments, which is backed by Public Investment Fund (PIF). This is essentially the financial arm of the Saudi Arabian government. 

Greg Norman, a two-time Open Championship winner and former World No.1, was last year named chief executive of LIV Golf Investments. 

Norman previously tried to start a breakaway World Golf Tour back in 1994 and failed - so there is history here, too. 

Further controversy has ensued in recent weeks after Norman explained in an interview with Sky Sports Golf that he "does not answer" to Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman. 

That surprised many people, especially given the LIV Golf series is funded by the Saudi government. 

Norman also declared that the Kingdom should "own up" to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi and "talk about it".

The concept of the LIV Golf Invitational Series from the very start has been to draw the top golfers in the world away from the PGA Tour. There lies more controversy as the PGA Tour tries to keep hold of its global stars. 

Do players want to continue to build their legacy on the world's greatest Tour, the PGA Tour, or do they want to take a huge pay packet to ensure they all have a very nice retirement? 

To attract the best golfers in the world, LIV Golf Investments have reportedly offered either eight or nine-figure sums of money to players just to join. 

It is believed Dustin Johnson was offered in the region of $125-150 million to take part in the LIV Golf Invitational Series, and that is before you even take into account the money on the table for playing in each of the tournaments. 

Many of the best PGA Tour players such as Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy have refused to entertain such offers, but as we have now seen, even players like former World No.1 Johnson have eventually caved in, and you have to wonder how many more players of his stature will follow over the coming months. 

To counter this from the side of the PGA Tour and DP World Tour, both Tours confirmed they would be denying their players releases to compete in the LIV Golf Invitational Series. 

Therefore every player teeing it up in the first LIV Golf Invitational Series event at Centurion is expected to receive a hefty ban from either the PGA Tour or DP World Tour depending on which Tour they hold a card. 

Such bans and suspensions have not yet been confirmed but we should learn more about them soon. Players are therefore putting their PGA Tour and DP World Tour careers at risk by committing to LIV Golf. 

There is also a grey cloud over what could happen where the Ryder Cup is concerned. It is understood players competing in the LIV Golf tournaments could ultimately sacrifice their chances of ever competing at a future Ryder Cup, but again, this is not confirmed.

As it stands, players competing in the LIV Golf tournaments will still be eligible to compete in the four majors - The Masters, US PGA, US Open and The Open. But again, that could all change very soon too. 

Why has there been so much controversy surrounding Phil Mickelson with the LIV Golf Invitational Series?

 

Phil Mickelson took an indefinite break from the game this season following comments he made to biographer Alan Shipnuck that were made public. Mickelson thought his comments to Shipnuck were "off the record" but Shipnuck strongly denies this. 

Shipnuck, who spoke at length to Mickelson back in November 2021 ahead of writing his new book titled 'Phil: The Rip-Roaring (and Unauthorized!) Biography of Golf's Most Colorful Superstar', released controversial comments from Mickelson in February 2022.

Mickelson told Shipnuck how he wanted to take part in the new LIV Golf Invitational Series because he wanted to use Saudi Arabia's interest in signing top stars for its circuit to leverage the PGA Tour into giving the players more money.

That is all despite the country's history of human rights issues. 

Mickelson did not hold back in his thoughts. 

"They’re scary mother--kers to get involved with," he told Shipnuck.

"We know they killed [Washington Post reporter and U.S. resident Jamal] Khashoggi and have a horrible record on human rights. They execute people over there for being gay. Knowing all of this, why would I even consider it? Because this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reshape how the PGA Tour operates.

"They’ve been able to get by with manipulative, coercive, strong-arm tactics because we, the players, had no recourse. As nice a guy as [PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan] comes across as, unless you have leverage, he won’t do what’s right.

"And the Saudi money has finally given us that leverage. I’m not sure I even want [the SGL] to succeed, but just the idea of it is allowing us to get things done with the [PGA] Tour."

Mickelson apologised for his comments when they were made public and he explained how he wants time away from the game to work on himself and improve as a person. 

Fast forward to today, and Mickelson has now confirmed his participation in the LIV Golf event at Centurion Club.

It will mark his first competitive start in four months since taking a break from the game.

Mickelson has reportedly been given $200 million to sign up to LIV Golf. 

Lefty lost the majority of his sponsorship deals as a result of his comments about Saudi Arabia and the PGA Tour. 

Callaway, his long-time equipment supplier, chose to freeze their partnership.