Starting Friday, a select group of controversial golfers will play for the richest purse in the long history of golf: $50 million. The winning team will receive a $16 million first-place prize at Trump National Doral in Miami and take home the LIV Golf’s Team Championship trophy.
Team Championship Format
Friday, October 28 – Quarter Finals
LIV Golf teams ranked 5 – 12 this season will play in head-to-head match-play
The top four seeded teams will get byes.
The higher seeded squads get to pick their match-play opponents.
There will be three total matches as part of each team match. Two singles matches and one 4v4 match.
Each match will be played until a victor is determined. The match winner gets one point.
Any team that earns two points will advance to Saturday.
Saturday, October 29 – Semi Finals
The top four seeded squads who had byes will be joined by the winners of Friday’s matches for another day of team match play in the same format as the day prior.
Teams ranked highest choose their opponent.
Advancing to the final round of the Team Championship will be the four winning teams (who earn two points in their matches).
Sunday, October 30 – Team Championship
The final round will be two-ball stroke play with a shotgun-start consisting of the four final teams.
Each golfer will compete in two-balls with the team captains golfing with eachother.
Each of the four scores counts for the team’s total score.
At the end of the final round of the tournament, the team with the lowest overall score will be declared the winner.
The Blue Monster course at Trump National Doral Golf Club is one of the most famous courses in America. Rennovated in 2014 bt Gil Hanse, the famed course extends over 7,600 yards. It’s a challenging track featuring a series of strategically placed bunkers, long fairway runs, undulating greens, Bermuda rough that will swallow up the ball, and water everywhere. All of these elements combine for a golf experience that demands both distance and precision. The famous 18th Hole is traditionally considered one of the hardest holes on any golf course.
Friday, October 28
Hi 83°, Low 73°: Sunny, 6% chance of rain, 9 MPH winds
Saturday, October 29
Hi 84°, Low 73°: Sunny, 9% chance of rain, 10 MPH winds
Sunday, October 30
Hi 84°, Low 72°: Mostly sunny, 19% chance of rain, 9 MPH winds
LIV Golf Team Championship – Analysis
Smash GC (+800)
The foursome of Chase and Brooks Koepka, Peter Uihlein and Jason Kokrak are coming off a team win in Saudi Arabia, along with Brooks winning the event outright.
Uihlein has also been terrific, finishing 2nd twice in his last three events. At +800, they’re odds are more favorable than the top three options on the board. They don’t get the first match byes because they aren’t in the four best teams, but their team is firing on all cylinders right now.
His captain Brooks Koepka has been a dominant force when he was healthy, and now that he seems back to his best, it looks like he may be able to add another title to his collection.
This squad of South African golfers have won two events this season. They enter the event as the No. 4 seed, so they’re guaranteed to get a first round bye. Louis Oosthuisen posted four top-ten finishes, while Hennie du Plessis had a second place finish in London to teammate Schwarzels (Grace was third in that week).
The veteran group of Henrik Stenson, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Sam Horsfield enter this week as the No. 6 seed. They had three top-three placements in seven tournaments. They haven’t been quite as sharp lately; they’ve finished no higher than seventh in the last few tournaments. Nevertheless, even if they have longer odds than the top six teams, there is some value in having this veteran team on your card. Stenson, Westwood and Poulter have competed in 23 Ryder Cup matches between them; so they are very experienced in the match-play format.
LIV Golf Team Championship – The Teams & Odds
4 Aces GC +175 – Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Talor Gooch, Pat Perez
Crushers GC +350 – Bryson DeChambeau, Paul Casey, Charles Howell III, Anirban Lahiri,
Fireballs GC +400 – Sergio Garcia, Abraham Ancer, Carlos Ortiz, Eugenio Chacarra
Smash GC +800 – Brooks Koepka, Jason Kokrak, Peter Uihlein, Chase Koepka
Stinger GC +900 – Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel, Branden Grace, Hennie Du Plessis
Punch GC +1400 – Cameron Smith, Marc Leishman, Matt Jones, Wade Ormsby
Hy Flyers GC +2000 – Phil Mickelson, Bernd Wiesberger, Matthew Wolff, Cameron Tringale
Majesticks GC +2000 – Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Henrik Stenson, Sam Horsfield
Torque GC +2800 – Joaquin Niemann, Scott Vincent, Adrian Otaegui, Jediah Morgan
Cleeks GC +3500 – Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, Laurie Canter, Richard Bland
Iron Heads GC +3500 – Kevin Na, Sadom Kaewkanjana, Phachara Khongwatmai, Sihwan Kim
Niblicks GC +3500 – Bubba Watson (non-playing captain), Harold Varner III, Hudson Swafford, James Piot, Turk Pettit
LIV Golf – Prize Money
1st – $16m
2nd – $8m
3rd – $6m
4th – $4m
5th – $3m
6th – $3m
7th – $3m
8th – $3m
9th – $1m
10th – $1m
11th – $1m
12th – $1m
LIV Golf Team Championship – The Field
Charles Howell III
Harold Varner III
Hennie Du Plessis