DeChambeau Wins LIV Golf Chicago at Rich Harvest Farms

Bryson DeChambeau won the LIV Golf Chicago individual championship and the team title with an impressive final-round score of 8-under 63 at Rich Harvest Farms. This echoed his remarkable play at Greenbrier the previous month, where he secured his inaugural LIV Golf title with a stunning closing score of 58.

DeChambeau, who started the day eight strokes off the lead, finished at 13 under while Anirban Lahiri and Ripper GC’s Marc Leishman tied for second at 12 under. Leishman, who shot 66, took second-place points via the better final-round score than Lahiri, who shot 69.

“I just kept trying to hit as many fairways as I could and hit the irons close and make some putts,” DeChambeau said. “That’s ultimately just kind of what happens when I get on a roll. It just doesn’t stop. Kind of like, uh-oh, here comes the train.”

Bryson DeChambeau

Bryson DeChambeau on the 17th Hole

Cameron Smith posted a final round 3-under 69 to win the 2022 LIV Golf Invitational-Chicago at Rich Harvest Farms in west suburban Sugar Grove by three strokes over Dustin Johnson and Peter Uihlein. Smith won $4 million while Johnson and Uihlein each earned $1,812,500.

Cameron Smith

Cameron Smith

Rich Harvest Farms has hosted over fifty amateur, collegiate, and professional events including the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s & Women’s Golf Championships and the 2009 Solheim Cup. The ultra-private, members only facility is home to the Northern Illinois University Huskies Men’s & Women’s Golf Teams.

LIV Golf Chicago

Dates: September 22-24, 2023
Location: Sugar Grove, IL
Course: Rich Harvest Farms
Par: 71 | Yardage: 7,401
2022 Winner: Cam Smith
2022 Team Champions: 4Aces GC
Format: 12 Teams | 48 Players | 54 Holes
Total Purse: $20M (Individual) | $5M (Team)
Winner’s Share: $4M (Individual) | $3M (Team)

The LIV Golf event showcases an elite 12-team, 48-player roster, collectively boasting 25 major titles, all vying for the LIV Golf League Individual and Team Championships. Festivities for fans at LIV Golf Chicago kick off at 9:30 a.m. local time, as the gates open to welcome attendees of all ages to an array of unique on-site activities. Complimentary parking is available on all three days, leading up to the tournament’s 12:15 p.m. shotgun starts on Friday and Saturday, and a 12:05 p.m. start on Sunday.

This year, LIV Golf is elevating the spectator experience as it returns to the Chicago area, introducing the popular “Watering Hole” feature, previously a hit at LIV Golf Adelaide. This special area at Rich Harvest Farms amplifies the league’s “GOLF, BUT LOUDER” mantra, providing amphitheater-style seating from tee to green on the 17th par-3 hole. Attendees can enjoy live DJ music, player-chosen walk-up tunes, and introductions by iconic Chicago sports public address announcer Ray Clay.

About LIV Golf

LIV Golf Investments has provided more than $400MM in seed money for the series which will be the building blocks of a next generation golf experience. Each event consists of three rounds with 54 holes and no cut, as well as shotgun starts to ensure a faster and more exciting pace. As a result, players will consistently play head-to-head against their rivals throughout the year, providing fans with an unmatched experience.

Fan research indicates a significant number of new fans would be enticed by a faster paced and shorter variation and non-traditional format of play. With smaller fields, fewer rounds, fewer events, shorter playing windows and modified shotgun starts, these events have been designed with fans as the top priority.

“I want golf to grow, players to have additional opportunities, and fans to have more fun. My mission is to help the game reach its full potential and we know the role of golf as an entertainment product is critical to overall participation in the sport,” said Greg Norman, CEO of LIV Golf Investments. “In many ways, we are a start-up. We have a long-term vision and aim to grow. I believe we have a very bright and exciting future.”

In their first year, the series developed this new golf experience over seven regular season events culminating in a Team Championship match play grand finale. Four events took place in the United States and three events were staged internationally culminating with the Team Championship.

Team golf has proven it has the ability to produce many of the game’s most exciting moments, and it is at the heart of the tour’s structure. In year one, there were a max of 48 players on 12 four-man teams and a truly global field with golfers invited from all tours around the world to beta test the new format. Each event had teams comprised of different players determined by a draft the week of the event.

Rich Harvest Farms

Rich Harvest Farms

“Our events are truly additive to the world of golf. We have done our best to create a schedule that allows players to play elsewhere, while still participating in our events. I believe players will increasingly make progress in achieving their right to play where they want. We will help in any way possible and will provide golfers with opportunities to achieve their full potential,” said Norman.

Charl Schwartzel, the winner of the 2011 Masters, won the first LIV Golf event and $4 million in prize money. His team, Stinger GC, also won the $3 million for the team event after all four golfers finished in the top 10, including three in the top three (Schwartzel, du Plessis and Branden Grace).

Rich Harvest Farms

Rich Harvest Farms

LIV Golf Chicago Schedule

Wednesday, 9/20
Practice Round (No Media Access)

Thursday, 9/21
Pro-Am Round (Media Only)
Pro-Am Competition – 9:00 a.m. (#1 & 10 Tees)

Friday, 9/22 Round 1 – Gates & Fan Village open at 9:00 a.m.
Competition – 12:15 p.m. (Shotgun)
Après Golf – 5:30 p.m. (Fan Village)

Saturday, 9/23 Round 2 – Gates & Fan Village open at 9:00 a.m.
Competition – 12:15 p.m. (Shotgun)
Après Golf – 5:30 p.m. (Fan Village)

Sunday, 9/24 Final Round – Gates & Fan Village open at 9:00 a.m.
Competition – 12:15 p.m. (Shotgun)
Trophy Ceremony – 5:45 p.m.
Après Golf – 5:30 p.m. (Fan Village)

LIV Golf Chicago Event Format

Captain: Each team has a LIV Golf-appointed team captain who has selected his squad. All members of the four-player teams, including the captain, participate in the three-day event.

Individual Winner: The player with the lowest 54-hole stroke play total is the winner. At the regular season’s end, the player with the most ranking points after seven events will be named the Individual Champion.

Team Competition: Over the first two rounds, the best two stroke-play scores will count for each team. For the third and final round, the best three scores will count. The lowest overall team score after 54 holes is the team winner.

LIV Golf Chicago Prize Money

The individual prize money pool was $20 million dollars for the LIV Golf Invitational Chicago in 2022, with the winner receiving $4 million, second place $2,125,000, third place $1,500,000 and fourth $1,050,000. Members of the winning team won $750,000, while the second place members will receive $375,000 and the third place team $125,000 a piece.

LIV Golf Chicago Tickets

Special ticket offers are available for select groups, including:

  • Complimentary Youth Tickets: Offering complimentary grounds passes for the next generation of golf fans, youth 12-years-old and under will be granted free entrance at the gate when accompanied by an adult who occupies a ticket for the selected day.
  • Complimentary Military and Veteran Tickets: Any active-duty military or veteran can secure complimentary grounds passes for themselves and a guest as a thank you to those who currently serve or who have served.
  • 25% off for College and University Students: Discounted grounds passes are available to College and University students. Students are eligible to receive 25% off single-day grounds passes.
  • 25% off for Teachers: As a special thank you to teachers, LIV Golf is proud to offer 25% off single-day grounds passes for all teachers.
  • 25% off for First Responders and Medical Professionals: LIV Golf is pleased to offer 25% off single-day grounds passes for first responders and licensed medical professionals who serve our communities.

Rich Harvest Farms

2330 Granart Rd
Sugar Grove, IL 60554

Opened in 1999, Rich Harvest Farms is home to the Kids Golf Foundation of Illinois and the Northern Illinois University Huskies Men’s & Women’s Golf Teams. The course has earned many distinct honors including consistently being named one of Rolex’s “World’s Top 1,000 Golf Courses” and Golf Digest’s ”America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses.”


Walter Lis

Walter Lis is the managing editor of Chicago Golf Report. Launched in 2010, Chicago Golf Report is the most visited website on Chicago golf and is one of the top ten most popular local golf websites in the country. We are a digital-only news and information resource covering everything golf in Chicago and its suburbs, providing the latest news about local golf facilities, golf events, golf instruction and even golf business.

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