The matches of the first day of LIV Golf Team Championship at Trump National Doral in Florida have been revealed with Cameron Smith v Phil Mickelson a standout singles match as Australia’s Punch GC take on Lefty’s HyFlyers GC.
Smith was one of the standout players of 2022, first on the PGA Tour and then with LIV Golf where he won the Chicago event. Mickelson struggled by comparison. However, with six majors under his belt, he is undoubtedly a player who thrives on the bigger occasions and cannot be written off.
The Tag Team Championship quarter-finals see the teams ranked 5th through 12th face off in two singles matches and one foursome (alternate shot) match. Other intriguing matches include Smash GC’s Brooks Koepka singles match against Niblicks GC’s Harold Varner III. Meanwhile, Joaquin Niemann, who hopes to help his Torque GC team progress against Cleeks GC, face former world No. 1 Martin Kaymer in another singles match.
Earlier in the week it was revealed that Majestics GC captain Lee Westwood had swapped roles with Ian Poulter for this week’s season finale. It was speculated that the reason for the trade may have been to allow Poulter to play in a singles match given his unbeaten record in Ryder Cup singles matches, with Westwood in the foursomes. As Poulter plays a singles match, against GC iron heads‘s Kevin Na, as does Westwood, who takes on Sihwan Kim, adding confusion as to why the switch was made after Westwood had captained the previous six tournaments.
The winners of the quarter-finals will advance to the semi-finals, where the four seeds, including Dustin Johnson’s number one seed 4 Aces GC, will enter the competition.
All 32 players will play simultaneously in a shotgun start and matches will be played until a winner is found. Each winner of the match receives a point. The first team to reach two points will advance to Saturday’s semi-finals.
Below is the full list of matches for the first round.
LIV Tag Team Championship Day 1 Matches
- Smash GC vs Niblicks GC
Foursomes: Jason Kokrak/Chase Koepka vs. Turk Petit/Hudson Swafford
Singles: Brooks Koepka vs. Harold Varner III
Singles: Peter Uihlein vs. James Piot
- Majesticks GC vs. Iron Heads GC
Foursomes: Sam Horsfield/Henrik Stenson vs. Phachara Khongwatmai/Sadom Kaewkanjana
Singles: Ian Poulter vs. Kevin Na
Singles: Lee Westwood vs. Sihwan Kim
- Couple GC vs. Cleeks GC
Quartet: Adrian Otaegui/Scott Vincent
against Graeme McDowell/Richard Bland
Singles: Joaquin Niemann vs. Martin Kaymer
Singles: Jediah Morgan vs. Laurie Canter
- HyFlyers GC vs. Punch GC
Quartets: Bernd Wiesberger/Cameron Tringale
against Matt Jones/Wade Ormsby
Singles: Phil Mickelson vs. Cameron Smith
Singles: Matthew Wolff vs. Marc Leishman