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How to watch the second LIV Golf tournament in Oregon

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The LIV Golf Invitational Series has made its way to the United States.

The second LIV Golf event will take place this week at Pumpkin Ridge outside of Portland, marking the first event inside the United States.

Though the controversy surrounding the new Saudi Arabian-backed venture hasn’t died down, it has recruited several more of the sport’s biggest names in the weeks since the inaugural tournament in London.

Here’s everything you need to know for the LIV Golf event in Oregon.

How to watch the LIV event

The tournament won’t be broadcast on TV anywhere, but it will be streamed for free on LIV Golf’s YouTube and Facebook pages, and on LIVGolf.com.

The shotgun start will begin at 4:15 p.m. ET.

Who are the team captains?

Most of the 12 teams will have the same captains that ran teams in the London event. A few, however, have new captains.

4 Aces - Dustin Johnson

Niblicks - Graeme McDowell

Majestics - Lee Westwood

Iron Heads - Kevin Na

Stinger - Louis Oosthuizen

Cleeks - Martin Kaymer

Crushers - Bryson DeChambeau

Hy Flyers - Phil Mickelson

Fire Balls - Sergio Garcia

Smash - Brooks Koepka

Torque - Hideto Tanihara

Punch - Wade Ormsby

How much does the winning team make?

Each regular season LIV Golf event has a purse of $25 million.

Of that, $5 million will be split between the top three teams, with the top team receiving $3 million. The remaining $20 million will be split individually, with the first place winner earning $4 million and the last place finisher receiving $120,000.

By comparison, The Players Championship offers a purse of $20 million, which is the most in any single event on PGA Tour outside of the Tour Championship.

Who is new this week?

There are several big names joining the event this week in Oregon.

Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed, Brooks Koepka and Abraham Ancer will all be competing. That group adds significant credibility to the new league considering where they all stand in the Official World Golf Rankings. The league now has eight players inside the top-40 in the OWGR, thanks to the four new additions.

Matthew Wolff, Eugenio Chacarra and Carlos Ortiz joined the series on Monday too.

Dustin Johnson is still the highest-ranking player in the world at No. 17, though he’s followed closely behind by Koepka at No. 19. DeChambeau enters at No. 31, and Reed is No. 39.

Those rankings are sure to get worse as the weeks go by, however, as the LIV events aren’t eligible for any points in the rankings.

The LIV Golf sign before the tournament in Portland
LIV Golf has made its way to the United States. Here's everything you need to know before the tournament at Pumpkin Ridge in Oregon. (Steve Dykes/LIV Golf via Getty Images)

What happened in London?

The London event was held without much issue. While very few golfers were willing to address the sportswashing accusations head on, and the event averaged fewer than 100,000 viewers in each round, Charl Schwartzel took home the first title of the season.

What about the PGA Tour?

The PGA Tour is holding the John Deere Classic this week at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois. Most of the big names on Tour are sitting this week out ahead of the Scottish Open and the British Open in the coming weeks.

As far as the field in Oregon, the PGA Tour will suspend the new players indefinitely once they tee off on Thursday.

Oregon officials aren’t happy

While the league is pushing forward, local officials aren’t happy about it.

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden called out the league, and directly cited a former hit-and-run case in the state in 2016 while doing so. A Saudi Arabian student was facing a first-degree murder charge after the death of Fallon Smart, but he vanished after a tracking device was removed — something the U.S. government thinks the Saudi Arabian government was behind.

“It’s wrong to be silent when Saudi Arabia tries to cleanse blood-stained hands, in the fight for Oregonians to get justice — Fallon Smart was killed very close to our house in Southeast Portland, and the person charged with the crime, a hit-and-run death, was, based on all the evidence, whisked out of the country by the Saudis before he stood for trial,” Wyden said.

North Plains, Oregon, mayor Teri Lenahan was one of 10 local mayors who wrote a letter officially opposing the tournament too. Pumpkin Ridge sits just west of Portland in North Plains, which has a population of less than 4,000 people.

“We oppose this event because it is being sponsored by a repressive government whose human rights abuses are documented. We refuse to support these abuses by complicity allowing the Saudi-backed organization to play in our backyard,” the letter read.

“We believe that we have a moral obligation to take a stand and speak out against this event in order to protect the people we serve. While our local jurisdictions may not be able to prevent this event, we stand together to voice our concerns about the unwelcomed potential risks, visitors and harm this event could have on our communities.”