Australia’s first event in the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series will be hosted by Adelaide’s The Grange Golf Club in April next year.
The Greg Norman-endorsed tournament, which will likely feature Australian superstar Cameron Smith will be held across April 21-23 at the South Australian course in 2023.
South Australia’s State Government made the announcement on Monday with the likes of Smith, Marc Leishman, Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia, Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter, and Bubba Watson all players who compete on the LIV Golf tour.
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LIV Golf’s format features 12 teams and 48 golfers playing across 54 holes with staggered starts and no cuts.
“Passion for sport is at the core of Australian culture, and LIV Golf is proud to bring its global league to a country deserving of the world’s top competition,” LIV Golf CEO and Commissioner Greg Norman said.
“This is an opportunity to grow the game with generations of Australians while connecting them with star players like Cameron Smith who are building a new platform for golf around the globe.
“There is massive potential for Australia to play a bigger role in this great sport, and I couldn’t be more excited to showcase Adelaide for our league’s debut year.”
South Australian Premier Peter Malinauskas was delighted to welcome another major sporting event to his state.
“Securing the first Australian LIV Golf tournament is an exciting coup for South Australia,” Malinauskas said.
“As Premier, I am determined to lure more major events to South Australia, which means more visitors, more economic activity and more jobs.
“This is exactly what our economy needs as we emerge from the pandemic, in particular our hospitality sector which has done it tough over the past couple of years.
“LIV Golf will bring some of the world’s best golf players to SA for an event the likes of which our country has never seen before.”
USA star Dustin Johnston was the individual champion and money winner in the 2022 series, while 4 Aces GC, featuring Johnson, Talor Gooch, Pat Perez and Patrick Reed, were the team champions.
Tickets are already available for the event at LIVGolf.com, with special early bird pricing for single-day passes and three-day passes.