The LIV Golf Invitational Series concluded its fifth of eight tournaments last week at Rich Harvest Farms just outside of Chicago, Illinois. The series will take a few weeks off before picking back up for an international swing in October that includes stops in Thailand and Saudi Arabia.
The crowds were great all weekend at the event although the streaming viewership saw its lowest three-day total for a LIV event, partially due to the return of the NFL on Sunday.
With LIV Chicago in the books, we highlight three storylines that came from Rich Harvest Farms over the weekend as it becomes clearer that this upstart league is going to continue to grow in popularity with each tournament.
LIV Golfers Send Letter to OWGR Chairman
News broke the day after the tournament concluded, but the media reported that all 48 players signed a letter to the Official World Golf Rating Chairman lobbying for their series to receive OWGR points. These points are important for players to qualify for major championships if they aren’t qualified in the first place.
Players are asking the OWGR points be issued retroactively and that leaving the LIV Golf out of the OWGR points system would be similar to “leaving the Big Ten or SEC out of the U.S. college football rankings”.
The letter voiced concern that four of the eight members of the governing body have connections to the PGA Tour and are keeping the OWGR from acting like it should.
It should be noted that the LIV Series does not currently meet all 14 requirements of a Tour to be considered for OWGR points.
Mickelson Cards Best Round
The piper of the LIV golf series who’s remained out of the public spotlight since it was announced he was jumping from the PGA Tour to the new circuit carded his best round of the year in Sunday’s final round. Six-time major champion Phil Mickelson shot a final round 66 to card his best 18-hole round in 2022.
Mickelson has been quiet both on and golf course over the first five LIV events, his team having yet to sniff the top of the leaderboard. The Hy Flyers posted their best finish of the season in Chicago, finishing in third place.
Following his low round, Mickelson turned down the opportunity to speak with any media.
Cam Smith Secures First LIV Win
Two months ago Cameron Smith was hoisting the Claret Jug as the “Champion Golfer of the World” after storming back on the back nine of Sunday’s final round. Following the TOUR Championship, Smith turned in his PGA Tour card for the riches that awaited him at LIV Golf.
In just his second LIV event, Smith bested the field by three shots to finish the three-day event at 13-under. Smith opened the weekend with a six-under 66 on Friday, followed by a second-round 68 and a third-round 69.
Peter Uihlein and Dustin Johnson garnered second-place finishes at 10-under apiece while Sergio Garcia and Joaquin Neimann wrapped up the top five.