The first year of the LIV Golf Invitational Series – the Greg Norman-led and Saudi Arabia-backed entity that plans to rival the PGA Tour – will feature an eight-event schedule in 2022 with plenty more to allegedly come in the next few years.
On Monday afternoon LIV Golf announced its 2023-2025 schedule, with 10 events planned for next year and 14 events slated for 2024 and 2025 in the Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and North America. Official dates and locations were not announced.
“We have a long-term vision and we’re here to stay,” said Norman, the CEO and commissioner of LIV Golf, via a release. “We’re going to grow the game, give more opportunities to players, and create a more entertaining product for fans. We believe in adding new experiences and energy to golf, and that includes building out our future schedule in more global markets. We’re creating an entertaining product that will increase golf participation and attract new fans across a broader global footprint. We realize it won’t happen overnight, and we’re excited for the opportunities LIV Golf will add to the game as we continue to grow.”
According to the release, “Schedules will never compete with the Majors, international team events or heritage events so players will always be able to make their own choices about where to play.”
The new series was announced in March and will feature 54-hole, shotgun start tournaments with $255 million in prize purses. The first event for 2022 is slated for June 9–11 at the Centurion Golf Club in London.
Golfweek was first to report last month that Robert Garrigus was the first PGA Tour player to request a release to play the LIV Golf event in London, with other reports noting 15 of world’s top 100 players registered for the London event, including Lee Westwood.