LIV Golf Adelaide: What is it? Who’s playing? How to watch? And which course is it played on?

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Having hosted the AFL’s first-ever Gather Round last week, Adelaide is gearing up for a new benchmark in its sporting history this week.

The City of Churches will stage Australia’s inaugural LIV Golf event from Friday, as Greg Norman’s rebels plant their flag on Aussie soil for the first time.

British Open champion and Aussie hero Cameron Smith will headline the 48-man field at Grange Golf Course, which also features Masters runners-up Brooks Koepka and Phil Mickelson.

Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Bryson De Chambeau have already spoken effusively of  the reception they have received Down Under, while Aussie great and LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman has suggested the tour will expand in Australia. 

In the meantime, Daily Mail Australia gives you the rundown on everything you need to know ahead of the rebels’ Australian debut.

Brooks Koepka won the LIV Golf event in Orlando earlier this month and will be one of the star attractions in the City of Churches

Brooks Koepka won the LIV Golf event in Orlando earlier this month and will be one of the star attractions in the City of Churches

Where is it being played?

LIV Golf’s inaugural event in Australia takes place at the Grange Golf Course in Adelaide, a par-72 stretching over 6,946 yards.

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The course was the scene of Greg Norman’s first professional win in the 1976 West Lakes Classic and the LIV Golf Commissioner and CEO has recently redesigned it. 

Taking the lead from the Party Hole at the PGA Tour’s Phoenix Open, the course will feature what’s been labelled the ‘Watering Hole’ on the par-three 12th hole.

How do LIV golf events work?

Forty-eight players compete in LIV events, which take part over 54 holes across three days, instead of the standard 72 holes across four days as it’s commonplace on the PGA and European Tours. 

The event follow a shotgun start, with the 48 players starting simultaneously across different holes, rather than in staggered groups from the first or 10th tee.

The 48 players are divided in 12 teams and playing in two competitions simultaneously – an individual and a team event. In the former, the winner is the player with the lowest total of shots over 54 holes.

In the team event, meanwhile, multiple scores count toward each franchises’ total each round, with the franchises with the cumulative low score being crowned the team champion for that event.

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Dustin Johnson’s 4Aces GC currently leads the standings after three events, ahead of Torque GC and Fireballs GC captained by Joaquin Niemann and Sergio Garcia respectively. 

LIV Golf Commissioner and CEO Greg Norman has recently redesigned the course

LIV Golf Commissioner and CEO Greg Norman has recently redesigned the course

Which Australian players are in the field? 

Cameron Smith headlines Australia’s contingent and Ripper GC, the all-Australian  team featuring Marc Leishman, Matt Jones and Jediah Morgan.

Who are the top contenders?

Having finished runner-up to Jon Rahm at the Masters two weeks ago, Brooks Koepka heads to Adelaide as one of the favourites. The four-time major winner won the LIV Golf in Orlando at the beginning of the month and was a final round collapse away from claiming his first Green Jacket. 

Phil Mickelson’s performance was similarly impressive, as Lefty shot seven-under in his final round to finish joint-second at Augusta and looks in the form of his life at 52 years of age.

Two-time major winner Dustin Johnson and 2018 Masters winner Patrick Reed are also expected to be in the mix, as are Charles Howell and Danny Lee who have both won LIV Golf events earlier this season.

Cameron Smith headlines Australia's contingent and Ripper GC, the all-Australian team

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Cameron Smith headlines Australia’s contingent and Ripper GC, the all-Australian team

Prize money

All LIV Golf events follow the same structure and have the same payout, meaning the total prize pool in Adelaide is $37million.

The winner will take home $5.9million, with the winning team sharing a $4million cheque. There are 12 teams in total, each comprising of four players each. 

Unlike on the PGA and European Tours, there are no cuts in LIV Golf, meaning the player finishing last will still make a $180,000. 

How to watch 

LIV Golf’s inaugural event in Australia will be broadcast live on Channel Seven and across the network’s streaming platforms 7mate and 7plus. 

The network will also offer a dedicated unique channel on 7plus dedicated to the all-Australian ‘Ripper GC’ team. 

Live coverage begins at 12pm AEST each day starting from Friday, April 21. 

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