ST ALBANS, UK: Phil Mickelson headlines a area of 48 golfers at this week’s LIV Golf Invitational London.
Different big-name gamers who will tee off on the Centurion Membership on Thursday embody Dustin Johnson, Martin Kaymer and Sergio Garcia.
There are eight occasions within the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational Sequence.
Seven are regular-season occasions — in North America, Europe, Center East, and Asia — the place gamers will compete as people and in groups for factors and prize cash.
These competitions will probably be performed over 54 holes in a standard strokeplay format, as a substitute of the same old 72, and there will probably be a “shotgun” begin for all teams of gamers, who will tee off from completely different holes on the identical time.
On the finish of the seven tournaments, a person champion will probably be topped primarily based on factors accrued all through the season.
The eighth and last event will probably be a season-ending Staff Championship matchplay occasion in Miami performed over 4 days.
Since every occasion will probably be made up of a distinct area, groups will probably be determined through a draft every time.
The golfers within the LIV collection will probably be enjoying for the most important prize pots in historical past — placing even the rewards on provide on the 4 majors within the shade.
Every common season occasion could have a prize purse of $25 million, with the winner taking dwelling $4 million.
Following the primary seven occasions, a person champion will probably be topped, providing a complete purse of $30 million for the highest three people of the season.
The season-ending staff championship could have a prize fund of $50 million.
The signing of six-time main winner Mickelson is a significant coup for LIV Golf chiefs.
Mickelson has not performed since February.
Different marquee names embody main winners Johnson, Kaymer, Garcia, Charl Schwartzel, Louis Oosthuizen and Graeme McDowell.
European Ryder Cup stars Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood are additionally within the area at St. Albans, on the outskirts of London.
Former world No. 1 Greg Norman is the chief government of LIV Golf Investments. He has spoken of his imaginative and prescient for a “free and open market” in golf.
These opting to play have carried out so regardless of warnings of disciplinary motion from the PGA Tour.
Two-time main winner Johnson introduced on Tuesday he had resigned his membership of the PGA Tour, following the instance of compatriot Kevin Na.
The transfer means they’ve successfully taken themselves out of the image in the case of potential punishment.
The DP World Tour, previously referred to as the European Tour, has stated it’s “evaluating every request on a case-by-case foundation.”
World rating factors will not be at the moment on provide at LIV occasions, despite the fact that officers have held talks on the difficulty.
One other space of uncertainty is the 4 main championships, that are individually ruled.
They’ve given completely different solutions on LIV defectors however america Golf Affiliation stated on Tuesday that the gamers may play in subsequent week’s US Open in Massachusetts.
The scenario over the Ryder Cup seems clearer and Johnson has successfully made himself ineligible to play within the staff competitors once more by quitting the PGA Tour.
McDowell, whose Ryder Cup eligibility is tied to membership of the DP World Tour, stated he had thought “lengthy and laborious” in regards to the problem, including he hoped his involvement within the LIV collection wouldn’t forestall him from collaborating in future contests.