The controversial LIV Golf League has announced a 14-event league for 2023 that will not clash with the majors or other international team events. Said league will have a prize fund of US$405 million.
This news comes before the start of the Tour’s third invitational tournament that will be held at Donald Trump’s Bedminster Course in New Jersey.
Next year’s tournament dates are yet to be announced but organizers have announced that it will not clash with the other major tournaments. There are also plans to “expand LIV Golf’s global footprint.” As such, there will be events in North America, Latin America, Australia, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
The layout of the games will remain with their 48 players that will be split into 12 teams of four for 54-hole three-day tournaments.
“Each season will culminate in a Team World Championship match play grand finale,” said Greg Norman, chief executive and commissioner of LIV Golf.
Norman also said that LIV Golf in 2023 will not be held on the weekends of the men’s majors or other international team events. This is a reference to the Ryder Cup which is set to start on Friday, September 29 in Italy.
US players, however, are not allowed to partake in the Ryder Cup as they have been suspended by the PGA Tour. US Players can only play in the Ryder Cup if they have earned enough PGA points.
The DP World Tour has not suspended its players for participating in LIV Golf events but they have been fined and punished.
LIV is known for its big prize pots. This year’s series finish at Doral in Miami will have a prize fund of $50m. In addition to that, LIV has lured some big-name players with private deals that are reportedly around $100M each.
LIV Golf is funded by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia. Some of the American players who have played in the series include Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, and Brooks Koepka. German player Henrik Stenson also plays in the series and because of it, he was removed from his Ryder Cup captaincy.