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Golf’s newest and most controversial tour, the LIV Golf Series, hosts its second event in Portland, Oregon this week with the action kicking off tonight. The Saudi-backed venture has added more high-profile names to its roster, with America’s Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau, and Patrick Reed among the latest players to defect from the PGA Tour, joining the likes of Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson.

The American PGA Tour and European DP World Tour have issued suspensions and fines respectively in a bid to halt the breakaway but players Carlos Ortiz and Matthew Wolff have committed themselves to LIV Golf in the last week alone. Meanwhile Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas, amongst others, have spoken publicly in favour of golf’s two main tours yet the field in Portland is set to be significantly stronger than at LIV Golf’s inaugural event in England last month.

South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel bagged the first winner’s cheque for £3.85m after triumphing at the Centurion Club and another eye-watering £20m prize pot will be on offer in Oregon with the lure of the Saudi-backed rebel series’ riches proving hard to resist for players. The full field of 48 players has been confirmed and the format will continue to be a 54-hole shotgun start played across three days with Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in Portland hosting this week’s event.

Follow all the action from the second event of the controversial tour below:

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LIV Golf Portland Invitational: Day 1

The leaderboard graphic is back!

It fluctuates wildly as the players’ rounds progress. During the last event there was a very annoying ping whenever the board updated – which was a lot. Hopefully the event organisers have done away with that.

It seems like they have.

Michael Jones30 June 2022 21:33

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LIV Golf Portland Invitational: Day 1

Carlos Ortiz – another debutant this week – nicely rolls home a 10-12 footer on the ninth green that curls slightly right to left and drops into the cup just off the edge.

He joins the leaders under par.

Michael Jones30 June 2022 21:31

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LIV Golf Portland Invitational: Day 1

More birdies to talk about!

Bernd Wiesberger teed off on the par-4 15th and is under par thru one. It’s a good start for the Hy Flyers man.

Majesticks GC’s Sam Horsfield, started well at Centurian Club and had done so again in Portland. He rolls a putt in for three on the eighth to go one-under too.

Michael Jones30 June 2022 21:29

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LIV Golf Portland Invitational: Day 1

Pat Perez – one of the new players for this event – shoots to the top of the leaderboard with a birdie two on Hole 3.

His playing partners Ian Poulter and Louis Oosthuizen both putt home for pars.

Michael Jones30 June 2022 21:25

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LIV Golf Portland Invitational: Day 1

There’s a couple of changes to note since I last covered LIV Golf. There is now a live leaderboard on the website which should update as the rounds progress.

On the television footage, the bright leaderboard graphic that was positioned down the side of the screen has gone too. It may come back later though I’m unsure.

Michael Jones30 June 2022 21:22

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Koepka gets underway.

At Centurian Club Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson teed off on the first hole as they were the biggest names to sign up to the tour.

Today it’s Brooks Koepka’s turn for that honour and he smokes his drive straight down the middle of the fairway.

Michael Jones30 June 2022 21:17

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The shotgun start

By far the most distinct part of LIV Golf is the shotgun start for each round where different fourballs tee off on different holes. It’s crazy difficult to keep up with for the fans and the television and I’m not sure they’ll keep it if the tour starts to become legitimised later down the line.

Michael Jones30 June 2022 21:15

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‘They didn’t listen to the players’: Patrick Reed and Pat Perez blame PGA Tour for LIV Golf switch

Patrick Reed and Pat Perez believe the PGA Tour only has itself to blame for losing players to LIV Golf, ahead of the series’ second tournament at Oregon’s Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club this week.

Sitting alongside four-times major winner Brooks Koepka, Perez and 2018 Masters winner Reed ripped into the PGA Tour and its commissioner, Jay Monahan, and said the blame for their departure lay at the feet of the golf organizing body.

“Monahan just shut it out from the start. Didn’t want to listen, didn’t want to take a meeting,” said Perez, a 46-year-old, three-time PGA Tour winner.

“They didn’t listen to the players. Somehow, the tour, they keep talking about ‘Oh yeah, we work for you, we work for the players.’ But it’s the opposite. Seems like we work for them. We don’t have a say in anything.”

Michael Jones30 June 2022 21:11

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Lee Westwood insists LIV Golf players shouldn’t face Ryder Cup ban

A defiant Lee Westwood does not believe his Ryder Cup chances should be threatened by his decision to sign up to the LIV Golf Invitational Series.

It was accompanied by the threat of additional sanctions for further participation and while a Ryder Cup ban has not been publicly mentioned as a punishment it remains an option open to the DP World Tour.

But Westwood, who along with the other rebels will tee it up in the second of the eight-event series at Pumpkin Ridge in Oregon on Thursday, believes that should not be the case.

Michael Jones30 June 2022 21:08

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Brooks Koepka responds to Rory McIlroy’s ‘duplicitous’ accusation after LIV Golf move

Brooks Koepka insists Rory McIlroy can “think whatever he wants” after being accusing of being “duplicitous” for the manner in which he joined LIV Golf.

Koepka, a four-time major winner, will make his debut in the Saudi-backed tour this week, with the second 54-hole, 48-man tournament kicking off in Portland on Thursday with a prize fund of $25 million (£20.4m).

The 32-year-old complained at the US Open earlier this month that questions on the Saudi-backed tour were throwing a “black cloud” over the major.

While Dustin Johnson stressed his full commitment to the PGA Tour in March before becoming the first superstar name to join Phil Mickelson ahead of the inaugural event at Centurion Club.

Michael Jones30 June 2022 21:03