LIV Golf: Everything You Need To Know Ahead Of The First U.S. Event

The second LIV Golf event is set to get underway in one week’s time, here is everything you need to know about the Portland-based event. 

The controversial LIV Golf series is set to take its product to the United States for the first time after the inaugural event took place in the United Kingdom on June 9th-11th.

LIV’s second event is set to take place at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club just west of Portland, Oregon, on June 30th.

Event number two of the scheduled eight-event series this year will once again feature three no-cut rounds of action, shotgun tee-times, and twelve different teams.

Participants will be competing for a 25 million dollar purse with a hefty 4 million being dished out to the winner in Portland.

LIV Golf welcomes new members

The big news this week was that four-time major winner Brooks Koepka had decided to cut ties with the PGA in favor of LIV Golf.

Koepka and Abraham Ancer were the two names announced by LIV this week, they will join 2020 U.S. Open winner Bryson DeChambeau, 2018 Masters winner Patrick Reed, and four-time career winner Pat Perez, who will all be making their LIV Golf debut.

The new additions mean that four of the current top 25 in the OWGR will be teeing it up in Oregon.

The majority of the 48-player field was announced by LIV on Wednesday.

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There are still three unassigned spots in LIV Golf’s second event, leading to plenty of speculation as to who else might be announced this week and into the weekend.

Inaugural LIV Golf participants who aren’t in the Portland field

Nine players who participated in the LIV Golf London event are not in the field for Portland.

  • Oliver Bekker
  • Oliver Fisher
  • Andy Ogletree
  • David Puig
  • Viraj Madappa
  • Ratchanon Chantananuwat
  • JC Ritchie
  • Pablo Larrazabal
  • Kevin Yuan

Who are the LIV Golf Portland captains?

Bryson DeChambeau has been announced as the captain of team ‘Crushers’, while Brooks Koepka will captain team ‘Smash GC’ in Portland.

Patrick Reed was not listed as one of the 12 team captains when the list was announced on Wednesday.

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The 12 captains will fill out the rest of their four-man teams during a snake draft which is due to take place on Tuesday, June 28th.

Keeping track of the teams and captains should be easier this time around after the LIV site added a leaderboard, something which was absent during the London event.

Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club

Pumpkin Ridge and its two courses, ‘Witch Hollow’, and ‘Ghost Creek’, opened in 1992 under the stewardship of architect Bob Cupp.

Ghost Creek hosted the 1993 NIKE Tour Championship won by David Duval, and just three years later Witch Hollow had the honor of hosting the 1996 U.S. Amateur Championship which saw Tiger Woods claim a third consecutive U.S. Amateur title.

LIV plans to utilize holes from both courses for the event.

LIV has plans to play four more events in the USA this year, including the series finale in late October which is set to take place at the Blue Monster at Trump National Doral in Miami. The series will also make stops in Thailand and the Middle East this year.

Next up for LIV will be a visit to Trump National Bedminster in New Jersey for the Tour’s third event in late July.