When is the next LIV golf tournament? Portland Invitational schedule, start times and how to watch them on UK TV

The controversy that has surrounded the LIV Golf series since its inception shows no sign of abating as organizers prepare for the second tournament of the Saudi Arabia-backed tour.

Series defectors were called “pretty duplicitous” by Rory McIlroy after four-time major champion Brooks Koepka joined Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Lee Westwood in the $200 million series ahead of round two in Portland, Oregon was changed June 30th.

Stunning contract fees – Mickelson and Johnson are reported to have been paid $200m (£159m) and $150m (£119m) respectively – are available thanks to Saudi Arabia. It finances the series through its Public Investment Fund (PIF), the same vehicle that owns Premier League football club Newcastle United.

Amnesty International UK has branded competitors as “willing accomplices to Saudi sports laundering” due to the country’s “appalling human rights record” and players have been dogged by morality questions in recent weeks.

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All defectors have since been banned from returning to the PGA Tour – although the St. Andrew’s Open and the US Open have not followed suit.

What is the LIV Golf format?

The first seven events of the eight-round series will be played over three days, with the traditional stroke play format determining an individual winner after three rounds and 54 holes – instead of the usual 72.

There are no cuts, meaning all 48 golfers will compete each day during “shotgun starts” where players tee off at the same time to speed up the game.

The competition also has a team element, with events broken up into 12 teams of four. In the first two rounds, the two best results count towards each team’s overall standings. In the third and final round, the top three scores count, with the team with the lowest total score after 54 holes being crowned the team winner.

The eighth and final event, taking place in Miami in October, will be a four-day, four-round matchplay KO tournament. The event will be seeded based on previous results and the top four teams will receive a bye into day two.

On the fourth and final day, the “Championship Match” will take place between the last two teams, as well as a play-off game for third place between the defeated semi-finalists.

When is the next tournament and what is the prize money?

The second round of the LIV series begins June 30th in Portland, Oregon at Pumpkin Ridge and runs through July 2nd.

Competitors are playing for a share of a $25m (£19.9m) prize pool, with $20m (£15.9m) of that split based on individual performance – up from £4m (3rd .2 million pounds) for the winner up to US$120,000 (£95,000) for the 48th place winner.

The remaining $5m (£3.9m) will be among the top three teams in respective splits of $3m (£2.3m), $1.5m (£1.1m ) and $500,000 (£398,000) split.

The teams for the Portland event will be selected on June 28th, two days before the start of the tournament.

Analysis: LIV Invitational is morally bankrupt and will not revive golf

By Matt Butler

The name is pretty clever: LIV. In Roman numerals it’s 54 and that’s how many holes players will play in this new incarnation of golf. Neat, right?

Of course, one could say that a new sports franchise empowered by limitless petrodollars is expected to be creative with its branding.

But the new kid in town is a sign that golf is in dire need of some love. Whether that love comes from a despotic regime with a terrible human rights record is something for Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Lee Westwood and, ahem, James Piot to worry about as they chase a ball for a share of 20 million a tournament.

And putting aside the wickedness of the Saudi regime behind Jamal Khashoggi’s assassins who supply the lipstick and mascara for the game, the concept of a rapid series of tournaments with a set season and eight-figure sums of cash resting on each one sounds intriguing – even if the reason players have joined seems to be just for the money. Not-so-face-to-face motivators are new, especially in the world of golf.

The big shots of the competition know very well that they have a hard time selling themselves because they have recruited Ari Fleischer as a communications man. Fleischer was White House press secretary under George W. Bush and was later hired by the then-Washington Redskins to stand in the corner of the NFL team because they refused to change their name to something less racist. So he’s used to defending the untenable.

Read Matt’s full analysis here

Where are the other LIV Golf events?

The remaining six events take place worldwide:

  • Bedminster – Trump National Golf Club – 29-31 July
  • Boston – The International Golf Club – September 2-4
  • Chicago – Rich Harvest Farms – September 16-18
  • Bangkok – Stonehill – 5th-7th October
  • Jeddah – Royal Greens Golf & Country Club – 14th-16th October
  • Miami – Blue Monster, Trump National Doral – Aug. 25-28 October

How to watch LIV Golf in the UK

The action begins in Portland at 1:15 p.m. local time (20:15 GMT).

LIV Golf is not currently broadcast on any UK television network. However, it will be broadcast in a free live stream on its official website, YouTube and Facebook.

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