The big differences between PGA and LIV

Jon Rahm has begun his new adventure in LIV Golf, a circuit promoted by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia that consists of up to twelve tournaments around the world

by Andrea Gussoni
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The big differences between PGA and LIV
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Jon Rahm has begun his new adventure in LIV Golf, a circuit promoted by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia that consists of up to twelve tournaments around the world and that will prevent him from competing in PGA Tour events.

Below, the main differences between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf.

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Three days of competition instead of four: PGA Tour tournaments usually last four days, from Thursday to Sunday, while in LIV Golf, the competition is reduced to three days, generally from Friday to Sunday, although it can vary.

54 holes instead of 72: Due to the shorter duration of the tournaments, players in LIV Golf play 54 holes instead of the usual 72 on the PGA Tour. The name "LIV" comes from the Roman numerals that represent 54. No cuts at the end of Friday: Unlike the PGA Tour, where players must make a cut at the end of Friday to advance to the weekend, at LIV Golf, all golfers continue to compete all three days, regardless of their position in the classification.

Individual and team competition: In addition to individual competition, LIV Golf offers team events. Each team consists of four players, and the scores of the top three players on each team are used to determine the winning team in each tournament.

A special event called the "Teams Championship" is also held at the end of the season. No strict dress code: Unlike some PGA Tour tournaments that have strict dress rules, at LIV Golf, players can dress according to their choice, taking into account the high temperatures in the Arabian Peninsula.

Shorter days and simultaneous starts: On the PGA Tour, tee times can vary and days can be long because groups of three players start one after the other. In LIV Golf, the "shotgun" system is used, where all players start at the same time on different holes, which shortens the duration of the days.

Largest prizes: Each LIV Golf tournament has a prize pool of 25 million dollars, which is distributed between the individual tournament and the team tournament. The winner of an individual tournament takes home $4 million, and members of the winning team get $750,000 each.

Additionally, the final tournaments of the season often have special purses with significant prizes. These are some of the main differences between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf, which represent two different approaches in the world of professional golf.

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