The best golf courses in Australia can get in the queue to host one of Greg Norman’s LIV golf events after the Shark announced it would be part of 14 events in 2023 around the world.
Norman’s controversial Saudi-backed series will include stops across North and Latin Americas, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Europe.
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Ahead of the third LIV event in New Jersey this week, Norman revealed the plans to expand but was adamant his tour “will not compete with the Majors, international team events or heritage events”.
But LIV declared there would be 25 tournaments worldwide in 2023 that seems to go against the grain of recruits like Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson wanting to play less.
“LIV Golf’s expanding global platform will add a new dimension to the golf ecosystem as we know it, one that provides an opportunity for players and fans around the world to help maximise our beloved sport’s true potential,” Norman said.
“Our franchise model will bring new energy and excitement to fans from all corners of the world, establishing a league of teams to connect and grow with.”
The new look LIV tour will include the LIV Golf League with 48 players and 12 established team franchises which will stay the same throughout the year.
Captains will be able to build their franchises to attract a fan following and sponsor interest.
British Open champion Cameron Smith has been linked to a move to LIV in 2023 along with fellows Aussies Adam Scott and Marc Leishman, to potentially build an all-Aussie team among the 12 franchises.
There will also be a promotion and relegation element to the tour in 2023, with the potential for players to earn their way into the LIV Golf League through their performance in Asian Tour events, while those who finish toward the bottom of LIV Golf events would be replaced.
Players in the LIV Golf League will compete for more than $400 million in 2023 in simultaneous team and individual play, consistently going head-to-head against their rivals throughout the year.