The Saudi-backed controversial league is all set to make its debut in Saudi Arabia from October 14-16 at LIV Golf Invitational Jeddah. The rebel league will bring approximately 48 of the best golfers in the world to the country for the penultimate event of the pioneering season in 2022.
The current Open Champion Cameron Smith (Aus) and 12 major winners will be among the 48-man field, which also includes former Saudi International winners in America’s duo of Dustin Johnson and Harold Varner III and Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell.
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The competition concludes LIV‘s inaugural eight-event season, having previously competed in the United States and England. It has a prize purse of $25 million, with the Individual Event receiving $20 million and the Team Event receiving $5 million.
“LIV Golf can’t wait for our first stop in the Middle East, where interest in both sport and golf is growing,” said LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman. “We couldn’t be more pleased to bring the biggest names in golf to Jeddah and debut our innovative league.”
“LIV Golf is creating opportunities for players from all over the world to compete on a new global stage. After only five events, the results reveal incredible competition and entertainment that are engaging LIV Golf with an international audience.”
“We’re excited to tee off at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club which will be an excellent test for the world’s greatest players,” Managing Director of LIV Golf Majed Al Sorour added.
In a first-of-its-kind individual and team format, professionals will compete in 12 teams of four. To generate energy and create an incredible atmosphere not typically associated with golf, the shotgun start will be accompanied by music and entertainment on the course.