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The Vegas Sweat
By LoopGolf Club
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LIV Golf heads to Las Vegas Country Club this weekend for their second event of the season. And it’s no surprise LIV heads to Vegas the same weekend of the Super Bowl AND the Waste Management Phoenix Open (WMPO) to go toe-to-toe with one of the PGA TOUR’s most beloved events. And if you need evidence of that, look no further than LIV’s “party hole”, hole #8 at Las Vegas CC, a direct replica of the PGA TOUR’s “party hole”, #16 at TPC Scottsdale. Who party’s harder?? LIV fans or PGA TOUR fans?? I’m sure we’ll see a few folks blackout on each hole before the weekends over.
In one of the most perplexing moves by the PGA TOUR in a year filled with them, The WMPO was demoted this year to to a non-signature event. Why the PGA TOUR would take their most attended and anticipated event of the year and demote is beyond us. If the TOUR wants to survive this onslaught from LIV they will need to hop on the #FIREJAYMONAHAN train.
To make matters worse for the TOUR, ya boy Viktor Hovland (#4 in the world and reigning Fedex Cup champ) and Xander Schauffele (#5 in the world) WD’d from the WMPO this past Monday with rumors swirling that these two might be headed to LIV…. 😬.
How to Watch:
If you’ve never watched a LIV event, here’s the deal: The league consists of 14 events all over the world with two titles at stake at the end of the season: the individual championship and the team championship. The league features a total of 48 players: 12 teams of four players each. These events are no cut events and all players tee off at the same time (shotgun start).
The individual events will see regular stroke play scoring to decide the champion each week but also the top 24 finishers will earn points on the leaderboard. The player with the most points at the end of the season wins the title.
The team championship is decided at the final event of the season, in a knockout format that combines match play and stroke play, creating head-to-heads all over the course.
The 14 events during the regular season determine the seeding for the team championship.
Just like the individual players, each team builds a cumulative score over the three days of each event. During the first two days of each event, only the top three players’ scores count towards their team’s round. Then on day 3, all four players’ scores count.
The top eight teams earn points in the team standings.
Each tournament features a $20M prize purse for the individual event and $5M purse for the team event.
The winning team at the end of the season from the team championship takes home $16 million, or $4 million per player.
Individual season finish bonuses will be given to the top three players, first takes home an extra $18 million, the runner-up banks $8 million and third takes home $4 million from the $30 million bonus pool.
Where to Watch:
The CW Network airs LIV Golf in all its markets as part of a multi-year exclusive broadcast agreement. All 14 events air exclusively from 1pm-6pm ET Sat/Sun on The CW Network’s linear and digital platforms, with Friday rounds carried on The CW App.
Fans all over the world can watch live and on-demand coverage of LIV Golf free of charge via LIV Golf Plus app which is surprisingly really good.
Although our focus in this week’s Sweat has been more with LIV, we can’t for-go the first round wager opportunities with the most electric PGA Tour Event of the season.
Scottie Scheffler is looking to 3-peat this weekend at the WMO. The conditions at TPC Scottsdale should be soft for the known insane ball-striker, Scheffler. He should look to get off to a hot start in the first round in his quest for a 3-peat; we’re going under 68 strokes for the round 1 card.
If there’s any guy on the PGA Tour I want to take for Fairways Hit bet, it’s Brian Harman. DataGolf tells us that Brian Harman over the last 2 tournaments is 8.5% more accurate driving the ball than the rest of the PGA Tour. 8.5 fairways seems a little low for this straight hitter in soft conditions. OVER⬆️
Let’s ride with the Scottsdale resident Max Homa. He should be comfortable in his home town and the city of Scottsdale. The rain has been coming down HEAVY in the area so the greens should be sticky; we’re going over on 4.5 birdies for Homa.
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