LIV Golf Investments, the Saudi-funded investment company headed by former World No. 1 Greg Norman, released details of The International Series consisting of 10 tournaments on the 2022-2023 Asian Tour schedule on Tuesday. .
This is arguably the most significant development in Asian golf history, a new piece on the global golf chessboard. “A bombshell” some will say. The International Series in fact it will be integrated into the full calendar of theasian tour 2022-23.
He is in Thailand, in Hua Hin, in black mountain golf club, that the inaugural event of the International Series, “The International Series Thailand”, will be held from March 3 to 6. After June 9 to 12 London will host the next stop at the Centurion Club with a cash prize of 2 million dollars.
This course already hosted last July The Aramco Team Series London on the Ladies European Tour. An event sponsored by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund renewed this year.
The other eight stages will then take players to South Korea, Vietnam, the Middle East, China, Singapore and Hong Kong with each tournament offering prize money between $1.5-2 million. At the moment, no other details, including dates and routes, have been revealed.
The DP World Tour also hosts tournaments in Asia. It is obvious that there are no longer any borders in golf.
Greg Norman on hosting a tournament in England
silver tendons of war
New brand, new name, new logo, LIV Golf Investments will no longer inject $200 million but $300 million into the Asian Tour.
The International Series aims to bring new playing opportunities over the next decade to a continent where golf continues to grow.
These tournaments are also designed to generate greater fan participation, attract new business interests and help grow professional golf after a difficult period of global uncertainty as new promoters. It is the case of Cho Minn Thantthe CEO of the Asian tour present together with greg normanIThe head of LIV Golf Investments.
“We are on the threshold of a new era for Asian golf Cho Minn Thant said during the announcement made on the sidelines of Saudi International which begins this Thursday. The International Series are next level tournaments and will usher in a period of phenomenal growth for the Asian Tour. It also marks the beginning of our relationship with our new strategic partner LIV Golf Investments and its CEO, Greg Norman. »
As the Rolex Series on world tour dpThe International Series joins the regular tournaments on the Asian Tour calendar and brings the total number of events to 25.
Greg Norman more than enthusiastic
Asked about the organization of a tournament at the Centurion Club, north of London and a few kilometers from the headquarters of theeuropean tourGreg Norman explained very calmly: “The DP World Tour also organizes tournaments in Asia. It is obvious that there are no longer any borders in golf. »
Each of the ten events will be broadcast live around the world and promise to attract the world’s golf stars with starting bonuses like this week in Jeddah.
“We are making the Asian Tour a new bastion on the world golf sceneNorman continued. In my 40 years as a professional golfer, I have seen many parts of the world that have benefited immensely from the development of golf, from its growth. Now we have the opportunity to do it in this Asia-Pacific region and also in the Middle East through this amazing investment platform. Everyone benefits: professional players, amateurs, practitioners, fans, economic fabrics, communities, stakeholders. I have never been so optimistic about the future of the sport. »
The PIF Saudi International a special event
This announcement comes on the eve of the new season of the Asian Tour which begins with the Saudi International PIF and his $5 million endowment Royal Greens Golf and Country Club. Six of the twenty best players in the world are present. the american Dustin Johnsonwinner in 2019 and 2021 when the tournament waved the European Tour flag, he defends his title.
Bryson Dechambeau, Xander Schauffele, Phil Mickeslon, to name a few, plus over 50 players from the Asian Tour. – is also listed in the field of the most competitive tournament in Asian Tour history. Please note, however, that this event is not part of The International Series.
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