Golfers will compete for $50 million, the richest purse in the sport’s history, in the season-ending LIV Golf Team Championship, scheduled to be played Oct. 27-30 at Trump National Doral Miami.
Twelve four-man teams will compete for a $16 million first place prize. Teams are seeded from 1 to 12. The top four seeded players will receive a bye to the Quarterfinals. The other eight compete in qualifying rounds.
How is sowing determined? Through a closest-to-the-pin shootout by the team captains, taking place immediately after the players are called up.
That was the format for how the team championship will work in LIV Golf’s rules and regulations, released Monday by a US district court in California as part of its federal antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour.
“The Team Series Championship will be contested over four days as a head-to-head knockout playoff match play, with the winning team being crowned the ‘Team Series Champion,'” states Section 5.4 of the Rules and Regulations. “Each team will be ranked and seeded one (1) through twelve (12) for competition in the Team Series Championship based on a shootout conducted immediately after the Player Draft prior to the Team Series Championship, with each Team Captain Has one (1) shot to hit a target in a Nearest the Pin style shootout.
According to the section “[T]The team whose shot ends closest to the target will be determined as the first (1st) seeded team, and each remaining team will be seeded based on the proximity to the target of the other team captain’s shot.
A spokesman for LIV Golf told ESPN on Tuesday that details of the teams’ championship were still being worked out and would be released in the future.
“It’s not surprising that they would pick something so cheesy and unoriginal to try and expand the game,” a veteran PGA Tour player told ESPN on Tuesday. “It’s bloody lame what it is. It’s lame like an S—. It’s XFL. It’s the AND1 mixtape tour.
In the qualifying rounds, according to the document, the fifth-placed team has first choice in selecting their opponent, followed by the second-placed team with their choice, and then third and fourth. Inferior teams are eliminated after each round.
The team games consist of two singles matchplay competitions and one pairs matchplay competition. Each match is worth one point. Ties are broken by a sudden death playoff, with the captains picking two players to go head-to-head.
The four players on the second-place team split $10 million, third gets $8 million, and fourth takes home $4 million. Teams ranked fifth through eight will each win $2 million, and teams ranked ninth through twelfth will each win $1 million.
“It’s not competitive,” said the PGA Tour player. “The real competitive golfers, the guys who play the PGA Tour and compete at majors, just don’t care about that nonsense.”
LIV Golf CEO and Commissioner Greg Norman will grant players up to 12 exceptions to compete in the team championship. The next 24 entrants will be determined by the top players in the individual rankings who have played in at least four regular season tournaments, and the remaining 12 spots will go to the top ranked players in the Official Golf World Rankings on October 17th, provided you have at Attended at least three LIV golf events.
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