Australia’s top golf courses can line up to host one of Greg Norman’s LIV Golf events after the Shark announced it would be part of 14 events in 2023 around the world.
Norman’s controversial Saudi-backed series will include stops in North and Latin America, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Europe.
Ahead of the third LIV event in New Jersey this week, Norman revealed his plans for expansion, but insisted his tour “will not compete with Majors, international tag team events or heritage events”.
But LIV saying there will be 25 tournaments worldwide in 2023 seems to run counter to rookies like Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson wanting to play less.
“LIV Golf’s expanding global platform will add a new dimension to the ecosystem of golf as we know it, one that will provide players and fans around the world the opportunity to help maximize the true potential of our beloved sport,” said Norman.
“Our franchise model will bring new energy and excitement to fans in all corners of the world, establishing a league of teams to connect with and grow with.”
The new LIV Tour will feature the LIV Golf League with 48 players and 12 established team franchises that will remain the same throughout the year.
Captains will be able to build their franchises to attract fans and sponsors.
British Open champion Cameron Smith has been linked with a move to LIV in 2023 with fellow Australians Adam Scott and Marc Leishman to potentially build an all-Australian squad from the 12 franchise.
There will also be an element of promotion and relegation to the Tour in 2023, with the possibility for players to earn their place in the LIV Golf League through their performances in the Asian Tour events, while those who complete down LIV golf events would be replaced.
Players in the LIV Golf League will compete for more than $400 million in 2023 as a simultaneous team and individually, constantly competing against their rivals throughout the year.