MIAMI: The Saudi-backed LIV Golf series has announced three new venues for their 14 event tour for 2023 with tournaments in Mexico, Singapore and Spain.
The circuit, which completed its first season last month, will play at Mayakoba’s El Camaleon Golf Course in February, Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore in April and Real Club Valderrama in Spain in June.
LIV Golf, bankrolled by oil-rich Saudi’s giant Public Investment Fund (PIF) had already announced that it would hold an event in Adelaide, Australia in April.
“These venues have played host to signature moments in golf, and we’re excited to build new traditions for the sport while delivering a first-class fan experience at some of the world’s best courses,” LIV Golf CEO and commissioner Greg Norman said in a statement on Wednesday (Nov 30).
The Singapore event will take place from Apr 28 to Apr 30 at Sentosa Golf Club’s Serapong course, the home of the Singapore Open.
“Regarded as one of the world’s best golf courses, players and fans will experience the Serapong’s iconic layout, with fast, challenging greens, trademark contours and signature holes,” LIV Golf said in a media release.
“A powerhouse of Asia golf, defined by its state-of-the-art agronomy program and ‘tournament ready’ year-round conditioning, the Serapong will be a welcomed stop for former Singapore Open champions Ian Poulter and Sergio Garcia.”
Golf has been bitterly divided after LIV lured major winners including Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka and Cameron Smith to sign lucrative deals with the heavily financed tour.
The circuit features 54-hole no-cut tournaments with fields of 48 strokeplay competitors, who can also earn prize money as part of teams.
The PGA Tour has banned more than 30 players who have teed off in LIV tournaments, a move that prompted 11 players to file an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour in August.
In September, the PGA Tour filed a countersuit against LIV Golf, accusing it of interfering with its contracts with players and several other lawsuits under way.