Arab Super League makes a stop in Florida

Taking place at Donald Trump's National Doral Golf Club until Sunday

by Andrea Gussoni
Arab Super League makes a stop in Florida
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The Arab Super League makes a stop in Florida for the LIV Golf Miami event. Taking place at Donald Trump's National Doral Golf Club from tomorrow until Sunday, April 7th, the top players from the breakaway league will compete for a total prize pool of $25,000,000, with $20,000,000 allocated to the individual competition and $5,000,000 for the team event.

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After a four-week break and just before the Masters (scheduled for April 11-14 at Augusta), Miami will witness a showdown where Spanish golfer Jon Rahm, currently ranked number 3 in the world, will seek his first victory on the circuit.

For the first time since 2017, when he made his debut at Magnolia Lane, Rahm will grace the green in the week preceding the first male Major of 2024. The Spaniard will face tough competition from Joaquin Niemann, especially considering Niemann's strong performance this year.

The Chilean, who has already won two LIV events this year, leads the money list with $9,062,500 earned since the beginning of the year. In second place is American Dustin Johnson, with $5,086,786, followed by Mexican Abraham Ancer in third with $4,733,500.

"This is a significant preparation event leading up to the Masters," explained Phil Mickelson. Meanwhile, there is unanimous agreement among the stars of the LIV, from Bryson DeChambeau to Brooks Koepka, calling for an immediate agreement between the PGA Tour, the Super League, and the DP World Tour to put an end to what they deem "an unsustainable situation." LIV Golf (/lɪv/ LIV) is a professional men's golf tour known for its unique format of 54 holes played at each event, symbolized by the Roman numerals for 54.

The inaugural LIV Golf Invitational Series commenced on June 9, 2022, at the Centurion Club near St Albans in Hertfordshire, UK. Subsequently, in 2023, the Invitational Series transitioned into the LIV Golf League. Financed by the Public Investment Fund, the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia, LIV Golf has attracted attention and scrutiny from journalists and commentators.

Some have suggested that the tour serves as part of efforts by the Saudi monarchy to enhance its public image through sport, amidst criticism directed towards the kingdom for alleged corruption and human rights violations.

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