The Inaugural LIV Golf Invitational Series: What we know following the tournaments debut season

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The Saudi-backed professional golf tournament, LIV Golf, made its competition debut on June 9, 2022. Despite suffering from widespread criticism, the first serious rival of the PGA Tour concluded its inaugural series champion for individual competitors with success. One event remains for the 2022 schedule, as the Invitational Series Team Championship will close out the season on October 28-30 at Trump National Doral Golf Club in Miami.

Dustin Johnson wins the inaugural LIV Golf title with the Invitational Series in Miami to spare 

Following six top-10 finishes and a T20 placement in LIV Golf’s initial six tournaments of their series, Dustin Johnson has secured the individual LIV Golf title and collected the $18 million first-place purse with an event to spare.

Brooks Koepka picked up the most recent singles title in Jeddah, but Johnson already owned an unassailable lead in the rankings to make him the first-ever LIV Golf Series champion.

Johnson finished 16th in Bangkok, taking his overall points to 121 in the season-long competition, crowning him with the LIV Golf Invitational in Boston last month. Branden Grace was the next best, but a 42-point gap held by Johnson left the rest of the field with nothing but a second-place finish to compete for.

With the individual championship reaching its conclusion in Jeddah, the season-closing Team Championship will complete LIV’s debut series at the end of October.

October 27th to the 30th: Team Championship, Trump National Doral, Miami

Team Champion: TBD 

Harold Varner III doesn’t care about the OWGR   

The ongoing drama in LIV Golf is centered around the tournament’s efforts to give their competitors points from the Official World Golf Rankings.

The debate continues, should LIV Golf be handed OWGR points?

One of LIV’s most recent signings, Ohio-born Harold Varner III, gifted the perfect response during a media storm, similar to how he did when first joining LIV Golf.

“For me, we knew what we were getting into,” Varner said. “I think it’s easy to sit here and say what could happen, what should happen. But for me, I knew what was going to happen. It wasn’t going to be easy.

When discussing LIV’s ongoing efforts to apply points through the OWGR, Varner laughed at the situation and said he “couldn’t care less2 if he gets points or not.

“I think the people at LIV did an unbelievable job because I don’t know about the check marks,” he added. “Honestly, I couldn’t care less. I knew exactly what was going to happen. I knew what could happen in my career, and I accepted that.

“I’ve had a great time out here. So, the world ranking thing has been a part of golf for so long, and suddenly, some feathers have been ruffled. It’s awkward, but it’s funny. It is what it is.   

“It’s sad sometimes. But I laugh and keep going and keep playing golf.”

Varner makes some valid points, and how much do the points matter? How many established professional golfers have already joined LIV, knowing that they could surrender a world ranking position… a lot! The tournament will earn its legitimacy through the talent on display, and every other variable surrounding professional golf is no different than the PGA Tour. Including BetMGM in Ohio, offering highly researched odds and great prices on LIV Golf.

Professional golfers will play and earn money. The fans will watch their favorite golfers no matter which organization is holding the event, and sports bettors will bet on the best players regardless of a tournament’s branding.

LIV Golf Invitational 2022 Schedule: Event dates, the winners, and purses

[Date, Course, Location, Winner, Purse]

June 9th to the 10th: Centurion Club, Hertfordshire, England

Singles Winner: Charl Schwartzel

Singles Purse: $4 million

Team Champions: Stingers GC (Schwartzel, Hennie Du Plessis, Branden Grace, and Louis Oosthuizen).

Team Payout: $3 million shared    

June 30th to July 2nd: Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, Portland, Oregon

Singles Winner: Branden Grace

Singles Purse: $4 million

Team Champions: 4 Aces GC (Talor Gooch, Dustin Johnson, Pat Perez, and Patrick Reed).

Team Payout: $3 million shared    

July 29th to the 31st: Trump National Golf Club, Bedminster, New Jersey

Singles Winner: Henrik Stenson

Singles Purse: $4 million

Team Champions: 4 Aces GC (Talor Gooch, Dustin Johnson, Pat Perez, and Patrick Reed).

Team Payout: $3 million shared    

September 2nd to the 4th: The International (Oak Course), Boston

Singles Winner: Dustin Johnson

Singles Purse: $4 million

Team Champions: 4 Aces GC (Talor Gooch, Dustin Johnson, Pat Perez, and Patrick Reed).

Team Payout: $3 million shared    

September 16th to the 18th: Rich Harvest Farms, Sugar Grove, Illinois

Singles Winner: Cameron Smith

Singles Purse: $4 million

Team Champions: 4 Aces GC (Talor Gooch, Dustin Johnson, Pat Perez, and Patrick Reed).

Team Payout: $3 million shared    

October 7th to the 9th: Stonehill Golf Course, Bangkok, Thailand

Singles Winner: Eugenio Chacarra

Singles Purse: $4 million

Team Champions: Fireballs GC (Sergio Garcia, Abraham Ancer, Carlo Ortiz, Eugenio Chacarra)

Team Payout: $3 million shared    

October 14th to the 16th: Royal Greens Golf and Country Club, King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia

Singles Winner: Brooks Koepka

Singles Purse: $4 million

Team Champions: Smash GC (Brroks Koepka, Chase Koepka, Jason Kokrak, Peter Uihlein)

Team Payout: $3 million shared    

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