Saudi-Backed Golf League Announces Official Name, Schedule Of Events, And Ginormous Purses

Saudi-Backed Golf League Announces Name, Schedule, And Big Purses

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  • The long-rumored Saudi-backed golf league has made a number of announcements, including its schedule of events.
  • The breakaway league also has an official name.
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After an endless number of rumors and reports about a Saudi-backed golf circuit, we finally have some actual details about the breakaway tour.

Greg Norman, the man behind the operation, announced on Wednesday that the league will have an eight-tournament schedule beginning in June.

The league also has an official name, the LIV Golf Invitational. Oh, and it has a lot of money.

LIV Golf Investments is committing $400 million to launch the league with a total of $250 million being shelled out for prize money.

The LIV Golf Invitational will consist of 54-hole events, shotgun starts, and purses that will pay $20 million for the individual portion, $5 million for the team portion, and a season-finale paying out a $30 million purse.

For comparison, last week’s Players Championships on the PGA Tour had a $20 million purse, but that is by far the biggest purse on Tour.

Norman announced earlier this week that he’d be sending letters to more than 250 players around the world on Wednesday, and he stayed true to his word. Cam Smith earned $3.6 million for his win at TPC Sawgrass.

The eight-event schedule is set to begin in June of this year in London with four events set to take place in the United States.

  • June 9-11: Centurion Golf Club – London
  • July 1-3: Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club – Portland
  • July 29-31: Trump National Golf Club Bedminster – New Jersey
  • Sept 2-4: The International – Boston
  • Sept 16-18: Rich Harvest Farms – Chicago
  • Oct 7-9: Stonehill Golf Club – Bangkok
  • Oct 14-16: Royal Greens Golf Club – Jeddah
  • Oct 28-30: Team Championship

Saudi-Backed Golf League Still Missing A Key Piece

While the schedule and money appear to be there, it’s still unknown who exactly is going to be playing in these events. As of right now, not one player has committed to jumping over to the LIV Golf Invitational.

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has made it very clear that if any Tour players jump ship, they will be banned from the PGA Tour.

It’s not clear if a player would be banned by the Tour if they were to simply play in one or two LIV Golf events, however.