Charl Schwartzel stays ahead at LIV Golf event in London | Golf News

Charl Schwartzel held a three-stroke lead over fellow South African Hennie du Plessis after Friday’s second round at the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational Series event at the Centurion Club outside London.
Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters champion, is at 9 under after carding a 4 under 66. Teammate “Stinger GC” du Plessis is at 6 under, followed by American Peter Uihlein at 4 under and another South- African Oliver Bekker at 3 cents.
Two-time major winner Dustin Johnson is tied for fifth at 1 under, while six-time major winner Phil Mickelson is tied for 26th at 4 over as only eight players in the 48-man squad are under par after two rounds.
The Saudi-funded golf league is seen as a rival to the PGA Tour and has drawn criticism for trying to help ‘sport wash’ Saudi Arabia’s human rights record . Despite the controversy, LIV Golf has attracted several big names by offering scholarships far exceeding those found on the PGA Tour. The London Invitational purse is $20 million, including $4 million for first place.
The PGA Tour on Thursday suspended 17 current and former members for participating in the event.
Bryson DeChambeau, the 2020 US Open champion, confirmed on Friday that he is also leaving the PGA Tour to join the LIV Golf Series.
LIV Golf offers three-round tournaments with an individual component and a team component. Player fields will be split into teams of three each week via a draft. The three teams with the highest combined scores for the week will win additional prizes.
Stinger GC (15 under) remains atop the team standings with a seven-stroke advantage over Crushers GC. They are followed by Majesticks GC (6 under) and 4 Aces GC (4 under).

Michael C. Ford