Over 70 golf professionals, including Phil Mickelson and 15 of the top 100 ranked players in the world, have submitted an exemption request to their tours to play in the first LIV Golf Investments tournament, scheduled to take place at the Centurion Club, outside of London from June 9th to 11th.
While a significant number of the top 100 in the world remain committed to their tours, it seems that the money on offer in the LIV Golf events has tempted a significant number to at least try to earn an invitation for the first event.
Huge Prize Money On Offer
LIV has called the events scheduled for this season a “beta test” for their plans for a
AL MUROOJ, SAUDI ARABIA – FEBRUARY 01: Phil Mickelson of The USA during a practice round prior to the PIF Saudi International at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club on February 01, 2022 in Al Murooj, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Oisin Keniry/Getty Images)
much more expanded tour set to start in two years’ time.
In addition, LIV Golf has also confirmed that final $50m event of the inaugural season will be played at the Trump National Doral in Miami from October 27th-30th.
The 8-tournament season will feature seven regular season tournaments, each with a prize pool of $25 million to be won. $20 million of that cash will be paid out to individual golfers and $5 million will also go to the top three teams.
At the end of the seven regular season events, the top three individual golfers in the LIV rankings will share a $30 million bonus between them.
The final event at Trump National in Miami will be a team event played under Match Play rules, with 12 teams of four competing, for a $16 million top prize to split between team members.
The full list of LIV Golf Series Events is as follows:
June 9-11 – London, Centurion Club
July 1-3 – Portland, Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club
July 29-31 – New Jersey, Trump National Golf Club
September 2-4 – Boston, The International
September 16-18 – Chicago, Rich Harvest Farms
October 7-9 – Bangkok, Stonehill
October 14-16 – Jeddah, Royal Greens Golf & Country Club
October 28-30 – Miami, Trump National Doral
48 golfers compete in each event both individually and in teams of four and a Shotgun Start system will be used to ensure all players are out on the course playing at the same time, under the same conditions.
Mickelson Confirms His Request
So far, golfers that have submitted a request to play on the first LIV tournament in London have remained anonymous, but Phil Mickelson became the first to confirm that he was one of those players when his agent announced the move on social media.
His agent, Steve Loy, however qualified the move stating that “Phil currently has no concrete plans on when and where he will play.” and that “Any actions taken are in no way a reflection of a final decision made, but rather to keep all options open.”
Mickelson has also registered to play in next months USPGA Championship and also the US Open in June.
The once popular player has been a divisive figure after comments he made about using the Saudi-backed LIV Golf tournament as leverage against the US Tour backfired, forcing him into an apology after heavy criticism.
Mickelson has not played on the tour since the Farmers Insurance Open in late January and missed The Masters earlier this month.
He is the defending USPGA Champion after winning last year at Kiawah’s Island Ocean Course, in doing so becoming the oldest player to win a Major at 50 years of age.
Other Players Rumoured To Be Taking Part
While the identities of the golfers seeking to play in the LIV event in London are not yet known, there is speculation that a number of European Tour and Ryder Cup stars may also be tempted to try the event.
Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia are just three names that have been strongly linked with the new LIV tour over the last few months.
Of course, much will depend on what the PGA Tour and DP World Tour (formerly the European Tour) say regarding the exemptions and whether they will come with any sanctions on players competing in the LIV events.
If they do, then those 70+ players are going to have to make a decision to either fully commit to the LIV Tour and in doing so eschew their chances of Ryder Cup and Major golf in future. Or stay with their current tour and perhaps give up many millions of dollars.
FEATURED IMAGE – AL MUROOJ, SAUDI ARABIA – FEBRUARY 01: Greg Norman, CEO of Liv Golf Investments talks to the media during a practice round prior to the PIF Saudi International at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club on February 01, 2022 in Al Murooj, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Luke Walker/WME IMG/WME IMG via Getty Images)