Tournaments in England and US announced

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LIV Golf, the Saudi-backed group headed by Greg Norman, has announced its inaugural schedule.

The series – colloquially known as the Saudi Golf League – will officially be called the LIV Golf Invitational and feature eight tournaments with a total prize pot of $250 million.

Each event will be three rounds, played over 54 holes, with no cuts, and shotgun starts. There will also be a team component, with 12 squads each made of up four players.

The first event will be held at the Centurion, near London, in June, while four events have been confirmed in the US between July and September at Pumpkin Ridge, Portland, Trump National, New Jersey, The International, near Boston, and Rich Harvest Farms, Chicago.

There will also be events at Stonehill, in Thailand, and Royal Greens in Saudi Arabia.

The venue for the eighth event, the Team Championship, is to be confirmed.

The seven announced events will each carry a prize pot of $25 million – $20 million for the individual prizes and $5 million for the team events – while the eighth event will offer $30 million to the top three players in the season-long standings, with another $50 million for the team prize fund.

Saudi Golf League schedule

June 9-11: Centurion, England
July 1-3: Pumpkin Ridge, USA
July 29-31: Trump National, USA
September 2-4: The International, USA
September 16-18: Rich Harvest Farms, USA
October 7-9: Stonehill, Thailand
October 14-16: Royal Greens, Saudi Arabia
October 28-30: Team Championship, TBC

In a statement, LIV Golf CEO Norman said: “Our events are truly additive to the world of golf.

“We have done our best to create a schedule that allows players to play elsewhere, while still participating in our events.

“I believe players will increasingly make progress in achieving their right to play where they want. We will help in any way possible and will provide golfers with opportunities to achieve their full potential.”

The big question now is who will play in these events? The likes of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Collin Morikawa, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson have said they’re not getting involved, while Bryson DeChambeau – who was reportedly offered nine figures to become the face of the Saudi Golf League – said he “wants to play wherever the best players are playing”.

It’s going to be an interesting few weeks…

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