Saudi-backed LIV Golf announces HUGE expansion plans for 2023 – with the world’s premier golf league featuring team franchises, relegation and a match play GRAND FINAL!
- The LIV Golf series launched this year and has attracted some of the sport’s biggest stars
- Saudi-backed dissident organization confirmed to return in 2023
- The LIV Golf League will be launched next year and will take place over 14 events
- 12 established team franchises will face off amid relegation and promotion
The controversial LIV Golf has announced that it will officially launch the sport’s first-ever global league in 2023.
After launching this year, the Saudi-backed breakaway series has confirmed it will return in 2023 in the new form of the LIV Golf League with $405 million up for grabs in prize money and the possibility of promotions and promotions. relegations.
The first ever golf league will also introduce a franchise system team with 12 teams led by an established team captain who will compete and have the ability to build their franchises to attract fans and sponsors.
Saudi-backed LIV Golf has announced it will launch the sport’s first-ever league in 2023
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Players will compete in over 14 simultaneous team and individual play events, with each season culminating in a World Tag Team Championship Grand Finals.
“LIV Golf’s expanding global platform will add a new dimension to the ecosystem of golf as we know it, an opportunity that offers players and fans around the world the opportunity to help maximize the true potential of our beloved sport,” said Greg Norman, CEO and Commissioner of LIV Golf.
“Our franchise model will bring new energy and excitement to fans in all corners of the world, establishing a league of teams to connect and grow with.
CEO Greg Norman has claimed the new league will ‘add a new dimension’ to the sport
“The International Series will attract new talent and provide unprecedented pathways that will develop the next generation of stars. LIV Golf is committed to making sustainable investments that grow the game now and for the future, and we are proud to transform those dreams into reality.
LIV Golf League players will also be required to participate in International Series events, which means LIV Golf will host 25 tournaments around the world.
Through the International Series, launched this year with LIV Golf’s $300 million commitment to the Asian Tour, amateurs and emerging stars will have the chance to be promoted to the LIV Golf League, while others could face the threat of relegation.
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The organization stressed that the 14-event schedule will not compete with golf’s four major tournaments, international team events, such as the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup, or heritage events and insisted that the players will have the freedom to choose to play wherever they want.
LIV Golf’s insistence comes after the PGA suspended all of its members who had jumped ship to join its Saudi-funded rivals, also barring them from competing in the Ryder Cup.
The DP World Tour recently sacked Team Europe captain Henrik Stenson after he became the latest to defect to LIV Golf over a $48m signing fee and is expected to do so during his premiering even this week in New Jersey.
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However, the Saudi rebels of LIV may not have to worry about their availability because sports mail reported earlier this month that defectors on the breakaway golf tour face a ban from all four major tournaments next year.
On the eve of the first round of the British Open at St Andrews, Martin Slumbers, managing director of the R&A, withers Greg Norman’s LIV series, calling the start-up “entirely driven by money”.
While Slumbers said banning players from LIV was “not on our agenda”, with 24 rebels out of 156 here and currently eligible for all majors, he revealed his governing body would “review our criteria exemption and qualification for the Open”.
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sports mail understands that one possibility considered is the exclusion of suspended players from one of the traditional circuits.
On the back of the indefinite PGA Tour ban of those cashing in with LIV — including Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed — it would be a blow to the Rebels, especially as the four majors are expected to act in unison.
The full list of events will be announced at a later date, but LIV Golf is expected to expand its reach across the world.