Zimbabwe’s leading professional golfer Scott Vincent will be seeking a solid finish to what has been a memorable maiden season on the LIV Golf Invitational Series when he competes in the season-ending LIV Golf Team Championship which tees off at Trump National Doral Golf Club in Miami on Friday.
The Team Championship is the final event of the LIV Golf Series’ inaugural season, with 12 teams competing over match play and stroke play at the iconic Blue Monster course for their share of a historic US$50 million purse.
A two-time winner on the international stage this season, Vincent will head to the USA after a solid week on the Japan Golf Tour.
The 30-year-old Zimbabwean finished 18th at the Japan Golf Championship last weekend and will be hoping to carry the momentum to Miami.
Vincent has featured played in in all seven LIV Golf events since its launch in June, registering a tied-21st finish at the opening event in London.
He registered his best finish on the Saudi-backed circuit in the Chicago tournament in September, where he was in 14th position.
The Chapman Golf Club product will also represent the Torque GC side for the LIV Golf Team Championship, joining Joaquin Niemann, Adrian Otaegui and Jediah Morgan for the knock-out tournament.
Who else is playing?
4 Aces GC – Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Talor Gooch, Pat Perez
Crushers GC – Bryson DeChambeau, Paul Casey, Charles Howell III, Anirban Lahiri
Fireballs GC – 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
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 have been earning points for their finishes in each event throughout in the inaugural season, ranging from 32 points for a win to zero points for those finishing in positions ninth to 12th.
The top four teams after the seven regular events all receive a bye through the first round and automatically advance to the semi-finals, with the teams ranked between fifth and eighth then getting to select their opponents for the opening day from the four lowest-ranked sides.
Two singles and one foursomes match will take place in each quarter-final fixture, with the team earning two points advancing to Saturday’s semi-finals played under the same format as the opening day.
Sunday’s showpiece will see the four remaining teams compete over stroke play, with each player’s team contributing towards the team’s score. The squad with the lowest total after 18 holes will be crowned the LIV Golf Invitational Series Team Champion.
Who has impressed this season?
Dustin Johnson’s 4 Aces GC (152 points) ended the regular season with a commanding advantage over Bryson DeChambeau’s Crushers GC (96), with Sergio Garcia’s Fireballs GC (93) and Stinger GC (72) the other two teams to earn a bye through the first round.
Smash GC, led by Brooks Koepka, occupy fifth spot and will get first pick for their quarter-final opponents, with Majesticks GC, Torque GC and HY Flyers GC also being seeded on the opening day.
Iron Heads GC, Cleeks GC, Punch GC and Niblicks GC occupy the final four positions heading into the Team Championship, where the 12 teams are competing for their share of the $50m prize purse.
The winning team will share $16m and $8m distributed between the team finishing second, with every player guaranteed $250,000 just for competing and $750,000 for simply reaching the semi-finals.