How to watch the LIV Golf event in Portland

The LIV Golf Invitational series has made its way to the United States.

The second LIV Golf event will take place this week at Pumpkin Ridge outside of Portland, marking the first event in the United States.

Although the controversy surrounding the new Saudi-backed venture has not died down, it has recruited several more of the sport’s biggest names in the weeks since the inaugural tournament in London.

Here’s everything you need to know for the LIV Golf event in Oregon.

How to watch

The tournament will not be shown anywhere on TV, but it will be streamed for free on LIV Golf’s YouTube and Facebook pages, as well as LIVGolf.com.

The shotgun start will begin at 4:15 p.m. ET.

Who are the team captains?

All 12 teams will be captained by the same captains who captained the London event.

4 Aces – Dustin Johnson

Niblicks – Graeme McDowell

Majestic – Ian Poulter

Iron Heads – Kevin Na

Stinger – Louis Oosthuizen

Cleeks – Martin Kaymer

Shredders – Peter Uihlein

Hy Flyers – Phil Mickelson

Fireballs – Sergio Garcia

Smash – Sihwan Kim

Couple – Talor Gooch

Punch – Wade Ormsby

How much does the winning team earn?

Each LIV Golf regular season event has a $25 million purse.

Of that amount, $5 million will be split among the top three teams, with the top team receiving $3 million. The remaining $20 million will be split individually, with the first winner earning $4 million and the last earning $120,000.

By comparison, the Players Championship offers a purse of $20 million, which is the highest in a single PGA Tour event outside of the Tour Championship.

Who’s new this week?

Several big names are joining the event this week in Oregon.

Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed, Brooks Koepka and Abraham Ancer will all be competing. This group adds significant credibility to the new league given their position in the Official World Golf Rankings. The league now has eight players in the OWGR top 40, thanks to the four new additions.

Matthew Wolff, Eugenio Chacarra and Carlos Ortiz also joined the series on Monday.

Dustin Johnson is still the highest ranked player in the world at No. 17, although he is closely followed by Koepka at No. 19. DeChambeau enters at No. 31 and Reed at No. 39.

However, these leaderboards are sure to get worse as the weeks go on, as LIV events are not eligible for any leaderboard points.

LIV Golf has made its way to the United States. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the tournament at Pumpkin Ridge in Oregon. (Steve Dykes/LIV Golf via Getty Images)

What happened in London?

The London event went without too many problems. When very few golfers were prepared to respond head-on to the sportswashing charges and the event averaged less than 100,000 viewers per round, Charl Schwartzel claimed the first title of the season.

And the PGA Tour?

The PGA Tour is hosting the John Deere Classic this week at the TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois. Most of the big names on the circuit sit this week ahead of the Scottish Open and the British Open in the coming weeks.

As for the Oregon field, the PGA Tour will suspend new players indefinitely once they tee off on Thursday.

Oregon officials are not happy

As the league moves forward, local officials aren’t happy.

, and directly cited an old hit-and-run case in the state in 2016 in doing so. A Saudi student was facing a first-degree murder charge after the death of Fallon Smart, but disappeared after a tracking device was removed – which the US government believes the Saudi government was behind.

“It’s wrong to be silent when Saudi Arabia is trying to clean bloodstained hands, in the fight for justice for Oregonians – Fallon Smart was killed very close to our home in Southeast Portland, and the person charged with the crime, a hit-and-run dead, was, on the basis of all the evidence, expelled from the country by the Saudis before appearing for trial,” Wyden.

North Plains, Oregon Mayor Teri Lenahan also officially opposed the tournament. Pumpkin Ridge is just west of Portland in the North Plains, which has a population of less than 4,000.

“We oppose this event because it is sponsored by a repressive government whose human rights violations are documented. We refuse to support these abuses out of complicity allowing the Saudi-backed organization to play in our backyard,” the .

“We believe we have a moral obligation to take a stand and speak out against this event in order to protect the people we serve. While our local jurisdictions may not be able to prevent this event, we unite to express our concerns about the potential unwanted risks, visitors and damage this event could have on our communities.

Joseph K. Bennett