The LIV Golf Invitational Series, a Greg Norman-led, Saudi-backed entity that plans to rival the PGA Tour, will feature an eight-event schedule in its first year in 2022, but will expand in coming years.
This week LIV Golf announced its 2023-2025 schedule, with 10 events planned for next year and 14 events scheduled for 2024 and 2025 in Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and North America. Official dates and locations have not been announced at this time.
“We have a long-term vision and we are here to stay,” LIV Golf CEO and Commissioner Greg Norman said in a statement. “We will grow the game, provide more opportunities for players and create a more entertaining product for fans. We believe in adding new experiences and energy to golf, and that includes building our future calendar in more global markets. We are creating an entertaining product that will increase golf participation and attract new fans through a broader global footprint.”
Despite being optimistic about his ambitious project, the Australian acknowledged, “We realize that it will not happen overnight and we are excited about the opportunities that LIV Golf will add to the game as we continue to grow.”
According to the release, “Schedules will never compete with Majors, international team events, or heritage events, so players will always be able to make their own decisions about where to play.”
The new series was announced in March and will feature 54-hole fast-start tournaments with $255 million in prize money. The first event of 2022 is scheduled for June 9-11 at Centurion Golf Club in London.
Golfweek was first to report last month that Robert Garrigus was the first PGA Tour player to apply for a release to play the LIV Golf event in London, with other reports noting that 15 of the world’s top 100 players have signed up for the event. from London, including Lee Westwood.