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LIV Golf LIVE: PGA Tour suspend current and future LIV players, as well as leaderboard, TV info, stream and Day 1 updates from Centurion Club

What Is The Future Of Golf With The LIV Golf Tour?

After months of speculation, the inaugural Saudi-backed LIV Golf event gets underway today to open the breakaway series that threatens to change the sport as we know it.

Phil Mickelson, former world No 1s Dustin Johnson and Lee Westwood as well as Ian Poulter are among the biggest names competing at Centurion Club in St Albans, with six-time major champion Mickelson set to end his four-month break from golf following his explosive comments about the PGA Tour and the breakaway spearheaded by Greg Norman.

The PGA Tour have responded by threatening players with fines and legal action but that has not put off some stars from joining the 48-player entry list – no doubt aided by reportedly huge appearance fees – for an event that features new competition rules and what tournament organizers say is an “exciting” new format.

The event at Centurion club will be played over three days and 54 holes, rather than the traditional four-day tournaments with 72 holes. There won’t be a cut, so the 48 players who start the week will play all three rounds, while there will also be a team competition in addition to the traditional individual competition.

This is the first of seven events on the LIV Golf tour, with each having a prize fund of $25m – every player in the field receives a cut, with a guaranteed $4m for the winner and $120,000 for last place. Of the $25m, $5m will be split between the top three teams.

Follow all the action and reaction to the inaugural event of the controversial tour, below:

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Better from Johnson!

Dustin Johnson (Evs) knocks in a 20 foot putt on the fifth to bring his round back on level terms. Is that the shot that gets DJ going in this round?

Mickelson is in for a par but Scott Vincent (-1) is leading the way out of this trio.

Michael Jones9 June 2022 15:30

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Birdie for Bernd!

Bernd Wiesberger (Evs) gets his round rolling in the right direction with a long birdie putt on the third hole. He guides it home from around 15ft or so and moves back to evens for the round.

Talor Gooch, Laurie Canter and Chase Koepka are all up to two-under and trail by one.

Michael JonesJune 9, 2022 15:26

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Struggles for DJ and Phil

As the two big name signings for the LIV Golf Tour, Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson aren’t having a great time out on the course. Mickelson has just moved over par with a bogey on the fourth and Johnson (+1) blazed one into the rough but managed to limit the damage.

Michael JonesJune 9, 2022 15:22

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Birdie for Gooch

Talor Gooch (-2) moves within one shot of the lead with a birdie on the fifth hole. He’s playing alongside Sergio Garcia and started on the second hole.

Most of the field are finishing up of the fourth hole they’ve played – obviously which hole depends where they teed off.

Michael JonesJune 9, 2022 15:16

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the leader

Phachara Khongwatmai has opened up a two-shot lead on the nearest challengers after picking up another birdie. He started on the 10th hole so he should be through four now?

It’s not totally clear yet.

Michael Jones9 June 2022 15:10

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LIV Golf responds to PGA Tour suspension

LIV Golf have responded to the news that each of the players in today’s field have been suspended from the PGA Tour. Their announcement on Twitter reads:

“Today’s announcement by the PGA Tour is vindictive and it deepens the divide between the Tour and its members. It’s troubling that the Tour, an organization dedicated to creating opportunities for golfers to play the game, is the entity blocking golfers from playing. This certainly is not the last word on this topic. The era of free agency is beginning as we are proud to have a full field of players joining us in London, and beyond.”

Michael Jones9 June 2022 15:01

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Eagle time!

Viraj Madappa of the Iron Heads GC is the most recent history maker on the LIV Golf tour. He rolls a straight 10 foot putt in on the 13th hole.

That moves him back into the red.

Michael Jones9 June 2022 14:58

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Leader board update

As with all new sports tournament, I’m looking at you The Hundred, the television coverage comes with a host of new graphics to show how different and exciting the same sport is.

Here we have the leaderboard down the left side of the screen that dings every time a new player comes on screen. Next to each player is a logo of the team they are part of as well as their score and position.

In a big font at the top of the graphic is a countdown of how many holes are left to play for each individual player.

Phachara Khonwatmai is the current leader at (-2) for the Crushers GC.

Michael Jones9 June 2022 14:54

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PGA Tour suspend LIV Golf players with immediate effect

The PGA Tour has emailed all PGA Tour members informing them that all participants in the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series, both in today’s opening competition and in future, are suspended immediately.

Just ahead of tee-off, Dustin Johnson said he was “excited to get started” as Phil Mickelson lauded the new team-based approach on the Tour.

“I’m excited, It’s a new chapter for golf, the players love it and I think the fans will,” Johnson said. “I think everyone will be excited once they see what goes on here.”

Michael Jones9 June 2022 14:47

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The leaderboard

Peter Uihlein (-2) is indeed leading the way with two under par before a cluster of players are tied for a second at one-under.

Amongst them is Brandon Grace and Greame McDowell as well as Punch GC captain Wade Ormsby.

Michael Jones9 June 2022 14:44

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