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How to watch the LIV Golf event in Portland

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The LIV Golf Invitational series has arrived in the United States.

LIV Golf’s second event will take place this week at Pumpkin Ridge, outside of Portland, and will be the first event within the United States.

Although the controversy surrounding the Saudi-backed startup has not died down, it has recruited several of the sport’s biggest names in the weeks since the inaugural tournament in London.

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Here’s everything you need to know for the LIV Golf event in Oregon.

How to watch the LIV event

The tournament will not be televised anywhere, but will be streamed for free on LIV Golf’s YouTube and Facebook pages, and on LIVGolf.com.

The shotgun kickoff will begin at 4:15 p.m. ET.

Who are the team captains?

Most of the 12 teams will have the same captains who managed the teams at the London event. Some, however, have new captains.

4 Aces – Dustin Johnson

Niblicks – Graeme McDowell

Majesty – Lee Westwood

Ironheads – Kevin Na

Stinger – Louis Oosthuizen

Cleeks-Martin Kaymer

Shredders – Bryson DeChambeau

Flyers Hy – Phil Mickelson

Balls of Fire – Sergio Garcia

Smash – Brooks Koepka

Torque – Hideto Tanihara

Punch – Wade Ormsby

How much does the winning team earn?

Each regular season LIV Golf event has a purse of $25 million.

Of that, $5 million will be split among the top three teams, with the top team receiving $3 million. The remaining $20 million will be split individually, with the first place winner earning $4 million and last place receiving $120,000.

By comparison, The Players Championship offers a purse of $20 million, which is the most in any single event on the PGA Tour outside of the Tour Championship.

Who is new this week?

There are several big names joining the event this week in Oregon.

Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed, Brooks Koepka and Abraham Ancer will be competing. That group adds significant credibility to the new league considering its position in the Official World Golf Ranking. The league now has eight players inside the top 40 on the OWGR, thanks to the four new additions.

Matthew Wolff, Eugenio Chacarra and Carlos Ortiz also joined the series on Monday.

Dustin Johnson remains the highest-ranked player in the world at No. 17, although Koepka is close behind at No. 19. DeChambeau enters at No. 31 and Reed at No. 39.

However, those rankings are sure to get worse as the weeks go by, as LIV events are not eligible for any points in the rankings.

The LIV Golf sign prior to the Portland tournament

LIV Golf has arrived in the United States. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the tournament at Pumpkin Ridge in Oregon. (Steve Dykes/LIV Golf via Getty Images)

What happened in London?

The London event went off without much trouble. While very few golfers were willing to address the sporting-washing accusations head-on, and the event averaged fewer than 100,000 spectators each round, Charl Schwartzel took home the first title of the season.

What about the PGA Tour?

The PGA Tour is holding the John Deere Classic this week at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois. Most of the big names on Tour are sitting out this week ahead of the Scottish Open and British Open in the coming weeks.

As for the course in Oregon, the PGA Tour will indefinitely suspend new players once they play Thursday.

Oregon officials are not happy

While the league is moving forward, local officials are not happy about it.

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden called out the league and directly cited an earlier hit-and-run case in the state in 2016 as he did so. A Saudi Arabian student was facing a first-degree murder charge after Fallon Smart’s death, but disappeared after a tracking device was taken from him, something the US government believes the Saudi government was doing. behind.

“It is wrong to remain silent as Saudi Arabia tries to cleanse bloody hands in the fight for justice for Oregonians: Fallon Smart was killed very close to our home in southeast Portland, and the person charged with the crime, a hit-and-run death, he was, based on all the evidence, taken out of the country by the Saudis before he stood trial,” Wyden said.

North Plains, Oregon Mayor Teri Lenahan was one of 10 local mayors who also wrote a letter officially opposing the tournament. Pumpkin Ridge is located just west of Portland in the North Plains, which has a population of less than 4,000 people.

“We oppose this event because it is being sponsored by a repressive government whose human rights abuses are documented. We refuse to support these abuses by complicitly allowing the Saudi-backed organization to play in our backyard,” the letter said.

“We believe we have a moral obligation to take a stand and speak out against this event to protect the people we serve. While our local jurisdictions may not be able to prevent this event, we come together to express our concerns about the potential unwelcome risks, visitors, and harm this event could have on our communities.”

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