Greg Norman’s Saudi Arabia-backed golf operation has announced a new series of big money tournaments starting this June at the Centurion Club in England with a $ 25 million event.
The series will include eight 54-hole events across Europe, America and Asia. They will consist of a team component with a total value of $ 255m from a total investment of 400 million.
No players have been announced for the LIV Golf International Series, but it is being considered as the first incarnation of the proposed isolated Super League.
“In the first year, the 12-member four-member team will have a maximum of 48 players and the new format will be a truly global arena with golfers invited from all over the world to test the beta,” the organizers said in a statement. “Each event will have a team consisting of different players as determined by a draft of the week of the event.”
Norman, CEO of LIV Golf Investments, said: “Our events really add to the world of golf. We try our best to create a schedule that allows players to play elsewhere, while still participating in our events. I believe players will make increasing progress in acquiring the right to play wherever they please. We will help in any way we can and give the golfers a chance to reach their full potential. ”
The opening event will take place at Centurion Club in Hertfordshire from June 9-11 – a week before the US Open and carries a prize fund of $ 5 million, a record $ 20 million at the Players Championship in Sagras last week.
Will be held at the next event Pampkin Ridge in Oregon, USA (July 1-3); Trump National Golf Club, New Jersey (July 29-31); The International, Boston (September 2-4); Rich Harvest Farms, Chicago (September 16-18); Stonehill Golf Club, Bangkok (October 7-9), Royal Greens GC of Saudi Arabia (October 14-16) and a team championship are still scheduled (October 28-30).
The statement added: “The total prize purse for the eight events will reach an unprecedented $ 255m. The first seven regular season events will carry a total purse of $ 25m including a m 20m individual prize (all players in the field earn a share) and শীর্ষ 5m for the top three teams. After the first seven events, an individual champion will be crowned who will offer a total $ 30m purse for the top three individuals of the season. The last eighth event of the season will be a team championship which will contribute m 50m to the total prize fund. “
There are no cuts to the tournament and a shotgun will start as all the contestants start their rounds at once.
Both the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour have previously threatened to ban players playing in isolated leagues for life, but no one has issued a statement on the matter. LIV Golf International Series and it It remains to be seen how they will respond to their members’ participation in this series.
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.