What do the initials of a Saudi Arabia-backed professional tour mean?

So what does LIV mean? anyway?

The controversial breakout professional golf league run by CEO Greg Norman, funded by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and offering outrageous purses is called LIV.

It is pronounced liv, as in “live free,” and is not an acronym.

The name was created for two reasons:

In Roman numerals, LIV is 54. Each of the LIV events are 54 holes. If a golfer birdies every hole on a par-72 course, the score is 54.

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And if that unlikely score (or lower) is ever awarded at any of its events, LIV will offer a $54 million bonus. And while LIV receives $250 million from Saudi’s PIF and the money seems unlimited, you don’t have to worry about writing an extra check for $54 million.

The lowest round in competitive professional golf ever recorded is a 58, of which five are recognized. However, only one was made on the PGA Tour: Jim Furyk at the 2016 Travelers Championship.

The lowest round recognized by the Guinness World Records is a 55 by Rhein Gibson on May 12, 2012, at River Oaks Golf Club in Edmond, Oklahoma. The round included 12 birdies and two eagles on a par of 71.

The lowest round at LIV’s inaugural event outside London was a 65, which was carded twice: by winner Charl Schwartzel of Palm Beach Gardens in the first round and Branden Grace of Tequesta in the third (final) round.

LIV’s second event and the first in the United States kicks off Thursday at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club outside of Portland.

Phil Mickelson acknowledges the spectators in the gallery during the third round of the inaugural LIV Golf Invitation Golf Tournament at the Centurion Club outside London.  Mandatory credit: Paul Childs-Action Images/Reuters via USA TODAY Sports

Phil Mickelson acknowledges the spectators in the gallery during the third round of the inaugural LIV Golf Invitation Golf Tournament at the Centurion Club outside London. Mandatory credit: Paul Childs-Action Images/Reuters via USA TODAY Sports

One of LIV’s biggest names: Phil Mickelson’s low round is a 59 in 2004 at Poipu Bay Golf Course in Hawaii. Bryson DeChambeau’s is a 60 at the 2001 BMW Championship. Jupiter’s Dustin Johnson’s is a 61 at the 2020 Travelers Championship. Jupiter’s Brooks Koepka’s is a 62 at the 2020 St. Jude Invitational and the Shriners Hospitals for Children in 2017.

Where is the headquarters and offices of LIV golf?

Norman didn’t have to go far to recruit Koepka or any of the other players from the area who have joined the series. Not that it really matters.

The offices of LIV Golf Investments are located in West Palm Beach. Norman, who has a home in Palm Beach Gardens, is the first and founder of LIV. LIV is offering purses of $25 million for the first seven events and $50 million for the October 27-30 series finale at Trump National in Doral.

The company’s LinkedIn page states:

“LIV Golf Investments is a newly formed company, with group companies in the US and UK, with Asian offices to follow. Its mission is to holistically improve the health of professional golf on a truly global scale and support existing stakeholders in unlocking the sport’s untapped potential.”

Tom D’Angelo is a journalist at the Palm Beach Post† You can reach him at [email protected]

This article originally appeared on Palm Beach Post: What is the LIV tour? What does LIV stand for in the name of the golf competition?

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