OPENING ROUND MATCHUPS ANNOUNCED FOR 2022 LIV GOLF TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP

Written by LIV GOLF STAFF

MIAMI – LIV Golf today revealed the matchups for Friday’s quarterfinal round of the 2022 LIV Golf Team Championship, teeing-off October 28-30 at Trump National Doral Golf Club in Miami.Team opponents were announced at a captains’ press conference to kick-off this week’s three-day, knock-out tournament taking place at the iconic Blue Monster course, site of LIV Golf’s eighth and final event of the year.

For each head-to-head team matchup, three matches will take place: two singles matches and one alternate-shot (foursomes) match. All 32 players will compete simultaneously in a shotgun start and matches will be played until a winner is determined. Each match winner receives one point, and the first team to earn two points will advance to Saturday’s semifinals.

The first round of LIV Golf’s historic season-ending event will showcase some of the biggest names in golf squaring off. Six-time major winner Phil Mickelson will take on reigning Open Champion Cameron Smith as one of the day’s featured singles matches, which will also pit top Chilean pro Joaquin Niemann versus former world No. 1 Martin Kaymer. Ryder Cup legend Ian Poulter, serving as captain this week for Majesticks GC, will face Iron Heads GC captain Kevin Na.And four-time major winner Brooks Koepka will play against Harold Varner II Iof Niblicks GC, led by non-playing captain Bubba Watson.

As the highest-ranked team playing on Friday, Koepka’s fifth-seeded Smash GC was given the first selection for its opponent. Peter Uihlein, who finished third overall in the LIV Golf Individual Standings, will face James Piot of the 12th-ranked Niblicks in their second singles match. In the groups’ alternate-shot match-up, Smash GC’s Jason Kokrak and Chase Koepka will face Turk Pettit and Hudson Swafford in the day’s only all-American foursomes match.

The sixth-seeded Majesticks GC, the most experienced squad in the field with more than 2,000 starts amongst them, elected to take on the ninth-seed Iron Heads GC. Former world No. 1 Lee Westwood will square off against American Sihwan Kim, while Thai stars Sadom Kaewkanjana and Phachara Khongwatmai will pair up against 2016 Open Champion Henrik Stenson and English pro Sam Horsfield.

Seventh-seed Torque GC welcomes back to its lineup Spaniard Adrian Otaegui, winner of the recent Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters at Valderrama, where he shot a tournament-record 19 under par. Otaegui will pair up with Zimbabwe’s top proScott Vincent to take on two veterans with Cleeks GC: former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell and England’s Richard Bland.Australia’s Jediah Morgan was selected for Torque GC’s second singles match, in which he’ll play Englishman Laurie Canter.

Big-hitting Matthew Wolff takes on Marc Leishman in the second singles match between Hy Flyers GC and Punch GC, while Bernd Wiesberger and Cameron Tringale will team up against Australians Matt Jones and Wade Ormsby in the foursomes. 

The LIV Golf Invitational Series awarded points to teams based on their finish at each tournament, with values ranging from 32 points (first place) to 0 (9th-12th). Following the seventh and final regular season event, team standings determined seeds 1-12 for the Team Championship.Top-seeded 4 Aces GC (152 points – Captain Dustin Johnson), second seed Crushers GC (96 points – Captain Bryson DeChambeau), third seedFireballs GC (93 points – Captain Sergio Garcia) and fourth seed Stinger GC (72 points – Captain Louis Oosthuizen) earned a bye and automatically advance to Saturday’s semifinals. 

Following Friday’s results, team captains for the top four seeds and captains for the four quarterfinal match winners will convene, with the higher-seeded teams selecting their opponents for Saturday’s semifinal round. On Sunday, the 16 players from the four semifinal winners will compete in a shotgun-start round of stroke play.Players will compete in twosomes, team captains will play together, and all scores will count towards a team’s cumulative score. At the end of Sunday’s round, the team with the lowest score is the LIV Golf Invitational Series Team Champion.

Tickets are available at LIVGolf.com, where grounds passes are just $49 and are all-inclusive of the fan activities on site, including daily live music. Three-day grounds passes are also available for $115 which will offer up-close access to all of the action, from each day’s shotgun start to live entertainment to Sunday’s trophy ceremony and post-round celebration. Single-day and three-day hospitality packages for the popular Club 54 and Gallery Club experiences are also available.

Team Championship Format

Friday, October 28 – Quarterfinals

  • Teams seeded 1-4 will receive a bye

  • Teams seeded 5-12 will compete in head-to-head match-play competitions

  • Highest-ranked teams select their opponents

  • All 32 players amongst those eight teams will compete simultaneously in a shotgun start

  • For each head-to-head team match-up, three matches will take place: two singles matches and one alternate-shot (foursomes) match

  • Matches will be played until a winner is determined; there will be no ties. Each match winner receives one point

  • Teams earning two points will advance to Saturday’s Semifinals

Saturday, October 29 – Semifinals

  • Teams seeded 1-4 will join the winning four teams from Friday for another day of head-to-head team match play

  • Highest-ranked teams select their opponents

  • All 32 players amongst those eight teams will compete simultaneously in a shotgun start

  • Teams compete in the same format as Friday: two singles matches and one alternate-shot (foursomes) match, with each match winner receiving one point

  • Matches will be played until a winner is determined; there will be no ties

  • The four teams earning two points will advance to the Team Championship

Sunday, October 30 – Team Championship

  • The four winning teams will compete in a shotgun-start round of stroke play

  • All 16 players will compete in twosomes, with Team Captains playing together

  • All four scores count towards the team’s score

  • At the end of Sunday’s round, the squad with the lowest team score is the LIV Golf Invitational Series Team Champion

Fan festivities for the Team Championship begin on Friday, October 28 at 9 a.m. EDT when gates open to welcome guests of all ages to the variety of unique activations on site. Parking is free, with parking lots opening at 8 a.m. all three days in advance of the tournament’s daily 12:15 p.m. shotgun start. Live music performances by headline artists will take place throughout the weekend, with acts to be announced soon.

At each LIV Golf Invitational Series tournament, free admission is granted for young people ages 15 and under. In addition, LIV Golf provides special offers for college and university students, teachers, medical professionals and first responders. Active-duty military and veteran service members are also granted complimentary grounds passes for themselves and a guest, as well as discounts for hospitality and experience packages. Special offers may be redeemed by emailing tickets@livgolf.com with proper documentation included. Visit LIVGolf.com for details.

Complete, live coverage of LIV Golf tournaments is globally available direct to consumers on LIVGolf.com and YouTube. LIV Golf event broadcasts are also aired live on a global roster of leading premium and free-to-air broadcasters providing coverage in over 180 territories around the world. The list of global networks covering the LIV Golf Invitational Series is available on LIVGolf.com. LIV Golf event broadcasts are also aired live on a global roster of leading premium and free-to-air broadcasters providing coverage in over 180 territories around the world. The list of global networks covering the LIV Golf Invitational Series is available on LIVGolf.com.

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