Golfers will compete for $50 million, the richest purse within the sport’s historical past, in LIV Golf’s season-ending team championship, which is scheduled to be performed at Trump National Doral Miami from Oct. 27-30.
Twelve four-man groups will compete for a $16 million first-place prize. The groups can be seeded one by 12. The high 4 seeds will obtain a bye to the quarterfinals. The different eight will compete in qualifying rounds.
How will the seeding be decided? By a closest-to-the-pin shootout by the team captains, which can happen instantly after gamers are drafted.
That was the format for a way the team championship will work in LIV Golf’s guidelines and rules, which had been launched by a US District Court in California on Monday as a part of its federal antitrust lawsuit towards the PGA Tour.
“The Team Series Championship can be performed over 4 days as a match-play head-to-head knock-out playoff, with the successful Team topped because the ‘Team Series Champion,'” part 5.4 of the principles and rules states. “Each team can be ranked and seeded one (1) by twelve (12) for competitors within the Team Series Championship primarily based on a shootout undertaken instantly following the Player Draft previous the Team Series Championship, with every Team Captain having one (1) shot to hit towards a goal in a ‘nearest the pin’-style shootout.”
According to the part, “[T]he Team whose Team Captain’s shot finishes closest to the goal can be designated as the primary (1st) seed and every remaining Team can be seeded primarily based on the proximity to the goal of one another Team Captain’s shot.”
A LIV Golf spokesperson advised ESPN on Tuesday that particulars of the team championship had been nonetheless being finalized and could be launched sooner or later.
“It’s very shocking that they’d decide one thing so cheesy and unoriginal to attempt and broaden the sport,” a longtime PGA Tour participant advised ESPN on Tuesday. “It’s f—ing lame is what it’s. It’s lame as s—. It’s XFL. It’s AND1 Mixtape Tour. It’s not aggressive golf. It’s a circus.”
In the qualifying rounds, in accordance with the doc, the fifth-seeded team could have the primary alternative in choosing its opponent, with the second-seeded team following with its decide and then the third and fourth. Losing groups can be eradicated after every spherical.
The team matches will include two particular person match-play contests and one pairs match-play contest. Each match is value one level. Ties can be damaged by a sudden-death playoff, with the captains choosing two gamers to compete.
The 4 gamers on the second-place team will break up $10 million, third will get $8 million and fourth takes residence $4 million. Teams that end fifth by eighth will win $2 million every, and groups which might be ninth by twelfth will win $1 million every.
“It’s not aggressive,” the PGA Tour participant stated. “The actual aggressive golfers, the blokes who play on the PGA Tour and compete in majors, that is why they’re simply not on this nonsense.”
LIV Golf CEO and commissioner Greg Norman will grant as many as 12 exemptions to gamers to compete within the team championship. The subsequent 24 individuals can be decided by the main gamers within the particular person rankings who competed in no less than 4 regular-season tournaments, and the remaining 12 locations will go to the best ranked gamers within the Official World Golf Ranking on Oct. 17, supplied they’ve participated in no less than three LIV Golf occasions.