LIV Golf: Branden Grace wins in Portland, while Paul Casey becomes latest player to join series

South Africa's Branden Grace won the second ever LIV Golf Series event this weekend to scoop a handy $4million, while Paul Casey will join the breakaway competitors in the third event in New Jersey.

The controversial LIV Golf Series continued on with it's second event this week, with 48 players competing in a 54-hole event in Portland, Oregon.

South Africa's Branden Grace came out on top, with the world No.128 finishing two shots clear of Mexico's Carlos Ortiz.

Grace hit five birdies on the back nine to finish well and secure the win, which in turn earned him $4million of the overall $20million prize fund.

Following his victory, Grace praised the new breakaway league, and in particular suggested the new format was providing more entertainment.

"This new format, everything is amazing and everybody is having a blast," Grace said.

Paul Casey becomes latest to join LIV Series

The LIV Series also confirmed it's newest member over the weekend, with world No.26 Paul Casey making the switch to the Saudi-backed series.

The 44-year-old Englishman has 18 PGA and DP World Tour wins, but has not played a tournament since March after a lingering back injury forced him out of last month's US Open.

After becoming LIV's latest recruit, the rebel series now boasts 22 of the top 100 ranked players in the world.

Casey plans to make his LIV debut at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster later this month.

The New Jersey event will be the third of eight events in the inaugural LIV season, but first Casey hopes to play in the Open Championship this month.

Despite the PGA Tour banning LIV players, and the DP World Tour also handing out sanctions, the R&A announced in June that breakaway players will be allowed to compete in the 150th Open.

Casey summed up his switch in a simple three-word statement: "I'm so excited".

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