Rory McIlroy has told Charl Schwartzel his win at last week’s Saudi opener in Hertfordshire ‘means nothing’ despite the South African raising almost £4million.
McIlroy also triumphed on the weekend, with a successful defense of the Canadian Open. His 21st PGA Tour title – which he was quick to point out earned him a lead over LIV Golf general manager Greg Norman in the all-time standings – saw him collect less than half of Schwartzel’s bounty, but the Northern Irishman thinks the difference in the two wins is unquantifiable.
“Last week in Canada… LIV will never have that,” McIlroy said. “Last week [in Canada] meant something. What they were doing there meant nothing.
Which players have signed up?
Two of the biggest names in world golf, Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed, are the latest players to add their names to the Saudi rebel circuit. The two controversial Americans have agreed multi-million dollar deals to join the £200million LIV Golf Series.
DeChambeau and Reed did not play in the opening event, but Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Sergio Garcia were the stars of the inaugural field, with other notable participants including England’s Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Richard Bland, l German Martin Kaymer and South African Louis Oosthuizen. and Branden Grace and Rickie Fowler.
Where are the eight LIV Golf events?
The breakaway circuit started at the Centurion Club in Hertfordshire and now travels across the United States for three stops.
He then has two events in Bangkok and Saudi Arabia, before the tour ends at the Trump Doral in Miami at the end of October.
What is the format?
The 48-man field will play in 12 four-man squads, which was determined in a June 7 draft.
The first seven events of the regular season will consist of three 54-hole events, with no cut starts or shotguns, while the final event will be a four-day match play knockout.
LIV then plans 10 events in 2023 followed by “a full season” of 14 tournaments in 2024 and 2025.
Centurion, like the other seven events in 2022, are classified by general manager Greg Norman as “baiting tournaments”, aimed at attracting the big names who have so far resisted circuit openings.
What is the prize money?
LIV Golf says the total prize pool for its eight events will “reach an unprecedented $255m” (£204m).
The first seven regular season events will have a prize pool of $25m (£20m), with the individual winner receiving $4m (£3.2m), with the final runner-up taking home $120,000 ( £96,000) and a team event giving away $5. m (£4 million).
In the eighth season-ending event, the teams will compete for a share of $50m (£40m) in prize money.
How to watch
Coverage is being streamed on the organization’s website as well as YouTube and Facebook, with Arlo White anchoring a three-person broadcast booth.
Why is this controversial?
The Saudi-backed tour is on a collision course with the two main tours – the DP World Tour and the PGA Tour – which have refused to allow players to participate in rebel events, with a legal battle between the Tours and LIV Golf. .
LIV chief executive Norman has also come under fire for leading the dissident circuit, with its Saudi investors accused of “washing the sport” of the country’s poor human rights record.
However, Norman said LIV Golf was “independent” and that the Saudis were “not my bosses”. The Australian told Sky Sports: “We [LIV Golf] are independent. I do not respond to Saudi Arabia. I can tell you categorically that is not the case. I’m not responding to MBS.”
What are the latest news ?
Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer and the other Saudi rebels escaped immediate bans from the DP World Tour – formerly the European Tour – for next week’s BMW International, but were told it would likely only be a brief reprieve for having played on the Saudi rebel. circuit.
PGA Tour chief executive Jay Monahan acted decisively by issuing indefinite suspensions to the 17 players on his tour who played in the £20million LIV Golf Series opener last week, but his European counterpart Keith Pelley initially kept silent.