Seems like LIV Golf is not going away any time quickly.
The Saudi Arabia-funded breakaway golf league will reportedly develop from eight occasions to 14 in 2023 — and can have 48 gamers competing for $405 million in purses.
“LIV Golf’s increasing world platform will add a brand new dimension to the golf ecosystem as we all know it, one that gives a chance for gamers and followers around the globe to assist maximize our beloved sport’s true potential,” CEO and commissioner Greg Norman mentioned in an announcement.
Whereas the dates and locations for subsequent 12 months’s occasions haven’t been set, ESPN reported they’re anticipated to not conflict with the dates of the 4 main golf occasions. LIV Golf rivals at present don’t qualify for world rating factors, and due to this fact wouldn’t have the ability to compete in main occasions.
LIV Golf has induced loads of controversy in its inaugural season for being funded by Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding Fund and luring golfers away from the PGA and DP World Tour with ridiculous sums of cash. Excessive-profile PGA Tour golfers akin to Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka, and Bryson DeChambeau have defected to LIV Golf and brought plenty of criticism for doing so.
The breakaway league can also be reportedly tempting broadcasters due to its insane bankroll. Basketball Corridor of Famer and TNT analyst Charles Barkley is at present attempting to land a cope with LIV Golf and has been very open about wanting a serious wage bump — whatever the criticism he’s dealing with for wanting cash from a rustic accountable for main human rights violations.