LIV Golf Tour Releases Schedule For 2023
The schedule includes a total of 14 tournaments and will feature 48 players who will form part of 12 team franchises. A system of promotion and relegation will reportedly be implemented.
The Saudi-backed tour made the announcement on Wednesday. The breakaway circuit heads to Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, for the third of this year’s eight events. The Bedminster course belongs to former US president Donald Trump.
Bringing Golf To The World
According to a statement issued by Greg Norman, who is the CEO and commissioner of the breakaway circuit, the full and final schedule for 2023 will be released at a later stage. He did however confirm that it will include events across Asia, North and Latin Americas, Europe, and the Middle East.
Norman said none of the events planned will seek to compete with the majors, nor will they interfere with heritage events and international team competitions. He explained that the idea behind LIV Golf is to expand the sport on a global platform. He said by adding a new dimension to golf, the sport’s potential will be maximised around the world.
The focus will be not only on the players, but also on the fans, he continued. Norman said the LIV franchise model will infuse the sport with new energy, and that this will bring about higher levels of excitement for fans all over the world. The idea is to establish a new league of teams that fans will be able to grow with and engage with.
Tighter Schedule Likely
Four new additions have recently been made to the 48-player roster, namely Paul Casey, Henrik Stenson, Jason Kokrak, and Charles Howell III.
Stenson has now been stripped of his Ryder Cup captaincy by the European tour. After he had pledged his full support to the European tour in March, Stenson had gone back on his word by joining the breakaway LIV tour.
In addition to establishing plans for the 48-player field, LIV Golf Investments recently injected $300 million into the Asian tour for international events. While precise details remain scamp, it seems that players will get to earn their way into the LIV Golf League by means of their performance in the Asian Tour events.
According to the news release, participating players will have to compete in several International Series events if they’re to remain part of the league. This likely means they’ll be playing more than the confirmed number of tournaments on the LIV’s schedule.