South Africans take command at the start of the LIV Golf Series

ANDn a day marked by the exchange of communications between the PGA Tourssuspending the ‘rebels’ who have decided to dispute the LIV Golf Invitational Seriesand the tour promoted by the Saudis, defending the right of free agents, the first round of this new and millionaire circuit has been played in the Centurions Club of London. A day marked by somewhat unpleasant weather, with light rains at the end of the day, in which the South Africans have taken the lead.

With names like Dustin Johnson, Phil Michaelson, Sergio Garcia, Louis Oosthuizen either Kevin Na a fierce battle for leadership among the stars of these new series was expected on the field. However, it has been players called to have a secondary role who have won the first places at the end of the day in a premiere with several interesting details and some aspects still to be polished by the organization.

Starting with the scoreboard, which although it is innovative, in the purest style Formula 1notably makes it difficult to locate players in the table by not putting their full name (only the initial of their name and three letters of their last name) and not having support via the web or mobile application in which fans can consult in each moment what is the situation in the tournament of your favorite golfers.

Also interesting is the idea that the 48 participants compete at the same time, starting from different tees, thus avoiding that each round lasts all day. Everyone plays at the same time, with the same number of holes ahead of them, giving more realism to the classification and reducing the television or internet broadcast to a margin of between four and five hours, approximately.

Under these conditions, those who knew how to get the most out of the game were Charlie Schwartzel (-5)winner of a Augusta Masters and a tournament PGA ToursY Hennie du Plessis (-4). Two golfers who, in addition to being compatriots, share the team of the Stinger who captains Louis Oosthuizen (formed entirely by South Africans). Both signed the best cards of the day with one and two shots ahead of the Thai respectively Phachara Khongwatmai (-3) Y Scott Vincent (-3)of Zimbabwe.

Dustin Johnson (-1), after overcoming a ball out of bounds and another literally buried in the sand of a bunker, he knew how to react in the final stretch of his round to beat the field and place himself just four shots behind the leader. Same disadvantage with which another of the figures of this new tour will leave tomorrow, the also American Phil Mickelson (-1)from less to more in this premiere of the LIV Golf Invitational Series.

Otaegui one step away from the top 10 and Sergio García, 16

As for the Spaniards, the best classified by Adrian Otaegui (PAR)tied for 11th place, one shot less than Serge Garcia (+1)tied for 16th place, and two fewer than Pablo Larrazbal (+2), which was 22 tied. the amateur David Puig (+4)which at times held the top of the standings, ended up accumulating bogeys at the end of his lap to finish tied for 34th place.

The team classification is led by the Stinger that in addition to the first two classified have Branden Grace (-2)fifth tied, and with the captain Oosthuizen (+2)22. With nine shots under par in the aggregate, they are six ahead of the Crushers by Peter Uhlein, Richard Bland, Phachara Khongwatmai and Travis Smyth, and to HY Flyers by Phil Mickelson, Justin Harding, Ratchanon TK Chantananuwat and Chase Koepka.

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