How to bet on the LIV Golf Series

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What is the LIV Golf Series?

The LIV Golf Tour is a start-up golf tour attempting to compete with the PGA TOUR. Before it took off, it was commonly referred to as the Saudi Golf League, as it is financially backed by Saudi Arabia. CEO Greg Norman is the man behind LIV Golf, and has said it is designed to change the sport with smaller fields, fewer events, and large payouts.  

It hosted eight tournaments in its first season, and plans to host 14 events in 2023. The events in its first season took place in cities including London (at the Centurion Club), Bangkok (Stonehill), Jeddah (Royal Greens) and Miami (Trump National Doral). 

What has lured some of the big-name PGA pros over to the Tour is that golfers don’t have to commit to a full season, nor perform well in order to get paid. Instead, they are paid out on a per-event basis. The purses for 2022’s eight events totaled $225 million, and the most notable golfers from the PGA were handed nine-figure paychecks in order to defect from the PGA.  

In return, the PGA TOUR has stated that players must choose between the two tours, with any golfer defecting to the LIV Golf Tour unable to return.

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How does LIV Golf Series work?

LIV is "54" in roman numerals, reflecting the fact that the events on the LIV Golf Tour are only three days long and consist of 54 holes (in contrast, the PGA TOUR events are four days long and consist of 72 holes). LIV Golf also plays with a new format: on top of individual stroke play, the different payout system, and three-day format, LIV Golf also features team play. 

In LIV Golf, there are 12 captains who draft three other teammates each week. The two best stroke-play scores from the first two rounds count toward the team totals. In the final round, the best three scores are counted to see who wins the event. Teams have their own name, colours, and logos, and the draft is presented with a snake-style format.  

The start times are also much different for LIV Golf in comparison to the PGA TOUR. For the PGA, golfers start either on the same hole (No. 1) or on two different holes (No. 9) with staggered tee times. LIV Golf uses shotgun tee times, which means all golfers start at the same time but on different tees.  

This means keeping up to date is vital if you are placing a live bet on a player or team. The shotgun reduces the amount of time per round, but with a smaller field, it works well.

How can I bet on LIV Golf?

Betting on LIV Golf is much like the PGA TOUR. You can bet on outright winners, top 10 finishers, head-to-head matchups, and what team will win the team event. You can also wager on an each-way bet.  

Beyond these bets, there is still some variety for LIV Golf markets. You can also bet on the top American and the top European, and who will finish higher in the standings. 

Some sportsbooks initially had issues acquiring licenses to post odds in time for the first LIV Golf event, but that has since been resolved. You can learn more about the odds and markets available for golf tournaments with BET.CA. 

Who plays on the LIV Golf Series?

There are many differences between the PGA TOUR and LIV Golf, but the golfers competing in the latter will be familiar to fans of the sport. Some of the biggest names include Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau, Cameron Smith, and Patrick Reed.  

The field is also changed for each individual tournament, with the biggest impact on cuts. For the PGA TOUR, each event usually has more than 100 golfers in the field. With LIV, there are just 48 golfers without cuts, and all golfers competing in a tournament participate in all three rounds. 

As the field is so small, the payouts are large. While golfers in the PGA TOUR aren’t guaranteed to make any money per event, the same can’t be said for the Saudi-backed league.

The inaugural LIV event in London had a $2-million purse, of which $20 million was divided among the 48 golfers for the individual stroke play of the tournament, and the remaining $5 million was divided among the three best teams. For the individual payouts, winner Charl Schwartzel won $4 million, while the last-place finisher received $120,000. 

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