LIV Golf is expanding its series to 14 tournaments on the 2023 schedule, with 48 players across 12 established team franchises competing for an unprecedented $405 million in LIV Golf League prize money, the circuit announced Wednesday.
LIV Golf, which debuted eight tournaments in the LIV Golf Invitational Series this year, said there will be a $150 million prize pool increase for 2023. Players will compete for $255 million across eight events this year.
The dates or locations of the 14 events for 2023 were not announced, but the organization said in a press release that “LIV Golf is expected to expand its global footprint in North and Latin America, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Europe.” .
LIV Golf said its 2023 events would not conflict with the four majors, international team events or heritage tournaments, “so the best players in the game will always be able to make their own decisions about it where they want to play.”
“LIV Golf’s expanding global platform will add a new dimension to the golf ecosystem as we know it, one that offers players and fans around the world the opportunity to maximize the true potential of our beloved sport,” said CEO and Commissioner Greg Norman in a statement. “Our franchise model will bring new energy and excitement to fans from every corner of the world and build a league of teams to connect and grow with.”
LIV Golf has attracted several former big champions to its new circuit, funded by Saudi Arabia’s public investment fund, with guaranteed contracts reportedly worth between $100 and $200 million. Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau, Sergio Garcia, Brooks Koepka and Patrick Reed have all signed multi-year contracts.
PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has suspended more than two dozen players for participating in LIV golf events with no conflicting event releases, and a handful of players, including Garcia and Reed, are from the PGA Tour resigned.
LIV Golf will host its second event in the United States this week at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey. Additional events are planned at The International in Boston and Rich Harvest Farms in Chicago. A season-ending team final is scheduled for October 27-30 at Trump National Doral in Miami.
As in 2022, LIV Golf League events will feature singles matches and four-man team competitions, with each team led by an established captain. The captain will have “the opportunity to build his franchise at his own discretion to attract the largest fan base and sponsorship interest.”
LIV Golf will also host additional tournaments in 2023 as part of its LIV Golf International Series, launched this year through a $300 million investment in the Asian Tour. The press release states that players will compete in Thailand, England, Korea, Vietnam, the Middle East, Indonesia, China, Singapore, Hong Kong and new locations across the Americas and Europe.
LIV Golf said the international series would provide “pathways for amateurs and the next generation of leading players” with opportunities for promotion and relegation. A LIV Golf Promotions event at the end of the season would also allow new players into the league.
“The International Series will attract new talent and provide unprecedented avenues that will develop the next generation of stars,” Norman said in a statement. “LIV Golf is committed to making sustainable investments that will grow the game now and for the future, and we take pride in making those dreams a reality.”
https://www.espn.com/golf/story/_/id/34302016/liv-golf-league-expand-14-tournaments-405-million-total-purses-2023 LIV Golf League to expand to 14 tournaments with $405 million in total purses in 2023