Greg Norman has delivered one other sucker punch to the golf institution by revealing he’s simply getting began together with his insurgent league.
Greg Norman mentioned he has been given an additional $AUD2.9 billion in funding from Saudi Arabia to construct his breakaway LIV collection of 54-hole occasions right into a full league by 2024.
Norman revealed final week that the league had been able to launch in February till incendiary remarks by six-time main winner Phil Mickelson relating to the Saudi regime triggered some gamers to again out.
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Australia golf nice Norman, a two-time British Open champion, is the chief govt of LIV Golf, a possible rival to the established US PGA and DP World (previously the European) excursions.
The first of LIV Golf’s eight 48-man occasions in 2022, every with a prize fund of $36 million, might be staged on the Centurion Club in Hertfordshire, north of London, from June Sept. 11.
An extra 10 tournaments are envisaged in 2023, increasing to 14 in 2024, with the 67-year-old Norman saying his imaginative and prescient extends “decades” into the long run.
“We’ve just got approval to launch our schedule into 2023, 24 and 25,” Norman informed the BBC. “We’re looking way beyond that too. We are looking at decades.
“We’ve got $US2 billion ($AUD2.9b) to back that up so we have additional funds in place. Twenty-two and 23 are our baiter years.
“Of course we have had to pivot because there have been some obstacles thrown in our way with a couple of the institutions — the PGA Tour and DP World Tour — but we have pivoted brilliantly.”
Mickelson and Lee Westwood are among the many gamers recognized to have requested for releases from the PGA Tour and DP World Tour to play at Centurion, with main champions Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer additionally anticipated to participate within the inaugural occasion.
“We have 19 of the top 100 players committed to Centurion,” mentioned Norman, who added the event could be streamed dwell on YouTube.
“We have five of the top 50, a success rate that a lot of people didn’t think we’d be able to achieve.”
Former world primary Mickelson, 51, triggered uproar in February following publication of his remarks made final yr to writer Alan Shipnuck in regards to the new enterprise.
Reigning US PGA champion Mickelson mentioned the Saudi backers of LIV Golf had been “scary” with a “horrible record on human rights”.
But the American added he was prepared to take care of them with a purpose to achieve leverage to “reshape” the US PGA Tour.
Doubts stay over whether or not Mickelson will defend his US PGA title at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma, subsequent week.
Originally revealed as Greg Norman now has much more billions to play with in insurgent golf battle