LIV Golf announced its relegation format for the current season earlier this year, but how does it work?
The unique team and individual format features two leaderboards, where points are earned at each tournament for both teams and individuals. The system aims to incentivise players to perform well throughout the season, with potential relegation from the league awaiting those who finish in the bottom.
At the end of the 13th regular season tournament, the team standings will determine the seeding for the season-ending Team Championship. The top four teams receive a first-round bye in the team-only event that determines the league's 2023 Team Champion.
In the individual standings, the player with the most points at the end of the regular season will be named the league's Individual Champion. The individual standings are broken down into three categories that will determine a player's status in the league.
The top 24 players will secure their spot in the LIV Golf League for the next season and remain in the "Lock Zone."
Players finishing 25-44 will face potential trade or release by their team and find themselves in the "Open Zone."
Players finishing 45 and below will be relegated out of the league and qualify for the league's promotions tournament for the chance to earn their spot back for next season, in what is referred to as the "Drop Zone."
Team Captains will be exempt from relegation in the 2023 season. Players from the initial 48-player roster who are unable to compete in a minimum of four regular season events will not be included in the season standings and will avoid relegation. There's no minimum number of events required for a reserve player to have his/her scores included in the season standings.
The LIV Golf's new relegation system aims to add a new level of excitement and competition to the tournament, with individual players and teams fighting to secure their place and remain in the league for the next season.