Adrian Otaegui will return to the LIV Golf Invitational Series to compete in the season-ending team championship, less than a fortnight after winning the DP World Tour.
The Spaniard has appeared in three of LIV Golf’s first four events since its launch in June, recording a sixth tie at the opening event in London, despite not appearing on the circuit backed by the Saudi Arabia since the Boston tournament in September.
Otaegui continued to play on the DP World Tour throughout the summer and became LIV Golf’s first player to win on the tour when he scored a six-stroke victory at home to the Andalucia Masters, that success more earlier this month setting him back. in the world’s top 100.
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The top 36 players in the LIV Golf Invitational Series Individual Rankings — who have played at least four events this season — automatically qualify to feature at Trump National Doral Golf Club, with league commitments and captain’s picks making up the rest of the lineup. peloton.
Otaegui was named ahead of Japan’s Hideto Tanihara in the Torque GC roster for the LIV Golf Team Championship in Miami October 28-30, joining Joaquin Niemann, Scott Vincent and Jediah Morgan for the knockout tournament.
The 29-year-old is one of two changes to the squad roster at LIV Golf’s latest regular event in Jeddah from October 14-16, the same week as his win at Valderrama, with Henni du Plessis brought in to replace his compatriot Shaun. Norris in the Stinger GC team.
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Who else is playing?
4 Aces GC – Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Talor Gooch, Pat Perez
GC Crushers – Bryson DeChambeau, Paul Casey, Charles Howell III, Anirban Lahiri
GC Fireballs – Sergio Garcia, Abraham Ancer, Carlos Ortiz, Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra
Stinger GC – Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel, Branden Grace, Henni du Plessis
Smash GC – Brooks Koepka, Jason Kokrak, Peter Uihlein, Chase Koepka
Majesticks GC – Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Henrik Stenson, Sam Horsfield
Torque GC – Joaquin Niemann, Scott Vincent, Adrian Otaegui, Jediah Morgan
HY Flyers GC – Phil Mickelson, Bernd Wiesberger, Matthew Wolff, Cameron Tringale
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Iron Heads GC – Kevin Na, Sadom Kaewkanjana, Phachara Khongwatmai, Sihwan Kim
Cleeks GC – Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, Laurie Canter, Richard Bland
Punch GC – Cameron Smith, Marc Leishman, Wade Ormsby, Matt Jones
Niblicks GC – Harold Varner III, Hudson Swafford, James Piot, Turk Pettit
What is the format?
Teams earned points for their finishes in every event throughout the inaugural season, ranging from 32 points for a win to zero points for those finishing ninth through 12th.
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The top four teams after the regular seven events all receive a bye to the first round and automatically qualify for the semi-finals, with the teams ranked between fifth and eighth then able to select their opening day opponents from among the four lowest ranked. sides.
Two singles matches and one foursome match will take place in each quarter-final match, with the team earning two points to advance to Saturday’s semi-finals played in the same format as the opening day.
Sunday’s centerpiece will see the remaining four teams face off in move play, with each player’s team contributing to the team score. The team with the lowest total after 18 holes will be crowned the LIV Golf Invitational Series Team Champion.
Who impressed this season?
Dustin Johnson’s 4 Aces GC (152 points) finished the regular season with a sizable advantage over Bryson DeChambeau’s Crushers GC (96), with Sergio Garcia’s Fireballs GC (93) and Stinger GC (72) both other teams to earn a bye through the first round.
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Smash GC, led by Brooks Koepka, sits fifth and will get the first pick for their quarter-final opponents, with Majesticks GC, Torque GC and HY Flyers GC also seeded on the opening day.
Iron Heads GC, Cleeks GC, Punch GC and Niblicks GC occupy the final four positions heading into the Tag Team Championship, where all 12 teams compete for their share of the $50 million purse.
The winning team will split $16 million with $8 million split between the team finishing second, with each player guaranteed $250,000 for competition alone and $750,000 for simply reaching the semi-finals.