Much at stake in LIV Bangkok event

Much at stake in LIV Bangkok event

Races for individual, team crowns heat up

The 48 players, preparing to tee off at the US$25 million LIV Golf Invitational Bangkok, will have plenty to play for when they compete at Stonehill in Pathum Thani from tomorrow to Sunday.

With just two regular season tournaments remaining for the 2022 LIV Golf Invitational Series, the participants are jostling for position in the individual standings, where a $30 million purse will be shared among the top-three players at the end of the campaign.

This year's champion in the final individual standings after next week's LIV Golf Invitational Jeddah will receive a first-place prize of $18 million. The runner-up gets $8 million and the third-placed player takes home $4 million.

In the individual standings, where points are awarded to the top-24 finishers within each tournament's 48-player field, 2016 US Open and 2020 Masters champion Dustin Johnson leads the pack with 118 points.

The American holds a healthy 39-point lead over his nearest challenger thanks to a win in Boston and top-three finishes in Bedminster and Chicago. He has played in all five previous LIV tournaments and never finished outside the top 10.

South African Branden Grace (79) is in second place with a victory in Portland and is trailed by 2022 British Open winner Cameron Smith (56).

The Australian currently holds third place after notable performances in just two events -- a fourth-place finish in his LIV Golf debut in Boston, followed by a three-stroke win in Chicago, the largest margin of victory for any LIV Golf individual champion this season.

With 40 points awarded for winner and 30 for runner-up, the door is still open for those outside the top 10.

Major winners Sergio Garcia (43) and Henrik Stenson (40), Chilean golfer Joaquin Niemann (40), former world No.1 Lee Westwood (36) and 2020 US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau (23) are among the notable names still in the hunt with two big weeks ahead.

The team competition is set for an exciting finish, as LIV Golf's 12 teams prepare for the back-to-back Asian swing in Thailand and Saudi Arabia before turning their attention to the season-ending LIV Golf Invitational Miami Team Championship at Trump National Doral Golf Club from Oct 28-30.

The Blue Monster course will stage the seeded three-day, knockout tournament featuring both match play and stroke play, delivering the excitement of head-to-head competition as teams compete for a historic $50 million purse.

The Invitational Series has seen a remarkable run from 4 Aces GC, with captain Johnson leading 2018 Masters winner Patrick Reed, Talor Gooch and Pat Perez to the top of the standings with 136 points thanks to four straight team wins in Portland, Bedminster, Boston and Chicago.

South African squad Stinger GC, winners of the inaugural London event, are in second place with 72 points. Led by 2010 British Open champion Oosthuizen and with 2011 Masters champion Schwartzel and Portland winner Grace consistent all season, Stinger GC have produced one win, one second place and two other top-five finishes.

Majesticks GC, featuring Westwood, Ian Poulter, 2016 British Open champion Stenson and Sam Horsfield, lie third at 57 points, thanks to a second place and two third-place finishes.

The Majesticks are currently just one point ahead of Crushers GC featuring DeChambeau, Paul Casey, Indian star Anirban Lahiri and Charles Howell III.

"In our inaugural year with the Invitational Series, LIV Golf is already making waves among golf fans globally. Innovation creates energy that will further grow the sport into the future, and we are proud to be at the forefront of this movement," said LIV Golf CEO and commissioner Greg Norman.

Tickets for the LIV Bangkok are available at thaiticketmajor.com.


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