LIV Golfs season ending team championship will see the golfers competing for $50 million, which is the largest prize in the sports history. The tournament will be held at Trump National Doral Miami, Oct. 27-30.
Twelve four-man teams will compete to win a $16million first-place prize. The teams will be seeded from 1 to 12. The quarterfinals will be played by the top four seeds. The remaining eight seeds will compete in qualifying rounds.
How will seeding be decided? A shootout between the team captains for closest-to-the pin, which will be held immediately after players have been drafted.
This was the format that LIV Golfs rules and regulation for the team championship were written in. The regulations were released Monday by a U.S. District Court located in California as part of a federal antitrust lawsuit against PGA Tour.
Section 5.4 of the rules and regulations states that the Team Series Championship will be played over four consecutive days as a match play head-to-head knockout playoff. The winning Team will be crowned the Team Series Champion. Each team will be ranked and seeded from one (1) to twelve (12) for competition at the Team Series Championship. This is based on a shootout that was held immediately after the Player Draft. 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 Team Captains shot gets closest to the target is the first (1st) Seed. Each Team will be seeded based upon the proximity to each others shot.
ESPN spoke with LIV Golf on Tuesday, saying that details regarding the team championship were still being finalized. They would be released in future.
Its not surprising they would pick something so tacky to try and expand on the game, a longtime PGA Tour player stated to ESPN on Tuesday. Its f—ing lame, it is what it is. Its just —. lame. Its XFL. Its the AND1 Mixtape Tour. Its not competitive golf. Its a circus.
According to the document in the qualifying rounds, the fifth-seeded group will have the first option in picking its opponent. The second-seeded group will follow with its pick, followed by the third and fourth. After each round, losing teams will be eliminated.
The team matches will include two match-play contests, one pair match-play contest and one individual match-play contest. Each match is worth one point. Ties will be broken in a sudden death playoff. The captains will choose two players to compete.
The fourth place team will take home $4 million. Third gets $8 million, and the fourth gets $10 million. Teams finishing fifth through eighth place will each win $2 million, while teams that finish ninth through 12th place each get $1 million.
The PGA Tour player stated that it was not competitive. The true competitive golfers, those who play on the PGA Tour, compete in majors, thats why they dont care about this nonsense.
LIV Golf CEO and Commissioner Greg NormanThe team championship will allow players to compete up to 12 times. The 24 remaining participants will be determined by the top players in the individual rankings, provided they have played in at least four regular season tournaments. The 12 remaining places will be awarded to the highest-ranked players in Oct. 17s Official World Golf Ranking.