he first event of the controversial LIV Golf Series starts today just outside London.
For now, talk of punishments handed out by the PGA Tour and DP World Tour are put to one side and some attention will, briefly at least, turn to matters on the course, though that will all take place in the shadow of wider questions about sportswashing.
There is a $25m prize fund on offer at Centurion Club in St Albans, $5m of which is for the team event, making it the most lucrative event in golf history.
This is the first of eight tournaments scheduled for the Saudi-backed series in 2022, culminating with a final event at Trump National Doral in Miami in October.
It’s impossible to know what the field, or the concept as a whole, will look like by that point, but for now it is 48 players stepping into the unknown this week for the inaugural tournament.
How to watch LIV Golf Series
TV channel: No official TV broadcaster has been confirmed for the series yet.
Live stream: All the action will be streamed for free on the LIV Golf Series Facebook page and YouTube channel, and also on the official website.