Revealed the calendar and the dizzying endowments of the Saudi circuit wanted by Greg Norman

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Just 24 hours after sending a letter to PGA Tour players, Greg Norman officially announces the launch of the LIV Golf Invitational. A series of eight tournaments worth $25 million each in a 54-hole, no-cut format. This League, which aims to compete with the PGA Tour, begins on June 9 at the Centurion Golf Club, on the outskirts of London.

Now it’s official. The Super Golf League beloved by greg norman and with the support of Saudi Arabia through its Public Investment Fund (PIF). Your name ? LIV Golf Invitational.

Your concept? Eight tournaments scheduled between the beginning of June and the end of October organized in England, but also in the United States, Thailand and, of course, in Saudi Arabia. Each event (see below) will offer a prize pool of… $25 million ($20 million for the individual tournament and $5 million for the team tournament), will be played in a 54-hole, no-cut, shot tee format ( during the first two rounds) for a field of 48 players. For the team tournament, it will consist of 12 groups of four players, with the top three sharing the 5 million at stake.

A lot of money, but with which players?

The last match of the season (team tournament scheduled for October 28-30) will have a prize pool of 30 million dollars. Total, LIV Golf Investmentsof which Greg Norman is the CEO, commits 400 million dollars to launch this League with no less than 250 million dollars in prize money.

It remains to be seen which players are likely to participate in these events. Given the clamor of the main actors in the PGA Tour in the preamble to genesis by invitation in mid-February, Rory McIlory in headone wonders who could participate in this pharaonic project under Saudi control. Phil Michaelson can be ? The San Diego southpaw’s relationship with the PGA Tour in fact they are not good at the moment

Norman wants to remain optimistic

Will they arrive early? Nope !stressed Greg Norman, who sent a letter to 250 PGA Tour players to explain to them that they were able to evolve in several Tours during the year. But we understand that. They have to determine for themselves, as independent contractors, that they can play on both their Tour and ours. It is 100% additive. There is nothing wrong with playing both towers. I encourage you to do so. »

Easier said than done as PGA Tour rules state that a member must play a minimum of 15 tournaments per year and request releases to play tournaments on other Tours. Generally three “authorizations” are granted but with compensations. The players who participated in the Saudi International in early February atasian tour (victory of the Americans Harold Varner III) have the obligation to contest theAT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Amscheduled against Saudi Arabia, in the next three years.

Our PGA Tour rules and regulations were written by players, for players. “, he also stressed Jay Monahanthe head of the U.S. Circuit, the week during the PLAYERS Championship

The LIV Golf Invitational 2022 schedule

June 9-11: Centurion Golf Club (London, England)

July 1-3: Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club (Portland, USA)

July 29-31: Trump National Golf Club (Bedminster, USA)

September 2-4: The International (Boston, USA)

September 16-18: Rich Harvest Farms (Chicago, USA)

October 7-9: Stonehill Golf Club (Bangkok, Thailand)

October 14-16: Royal Greens Golf Club (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)

October 28-30: Team Championship (place to be determined)

Photo: Noam Galai/GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/Getty Images via AFP

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