LIV Golf: 2023 schedule announced as tour expands

LIV Golf: 2023 schedule announced as tour expands

The full schedule for the 2023 LIV Golf Tour has been announced with 14 separate events set to take place across seven different countries. The controversial tour is in its second year of existence and has expanded its calendar with only seven events taking place in its inaugural year. 

The tour has made headlines consistently over the past couple of years, with many players on the PGA Tour and DP World Tour defecting to join. A date is set for next month when LIV Golf players will find out if they are still able to compete on the DP World Tour. 

Many players have been vocal in their disregard for the Saudi-backed tour, most notably Rory Mcilroy – the World Number One. While in the past, the Northern Irishman has spoken about how he has felt “betrayed” by former Ryder Cup teammates who have defected, the situation reached boiling point last week. 

Patrick Reed, one of the many big names part of LIV Golf, got into a pre-tournament spat with Mcilroy and called him an “immature little child.” The American believed that Mcilroy had blanked him on the driving range due to his switch to LIV Golf so threw a LIV-sponsored tee at him. 

With the 2023 schedule now announced, the whole of golf will be hoping that the controversy surrounding the tour can be put to bed and the focus can be solely on the golf. 

More events in 2023

Events in Orlando, Washington, and Australia have been added to the 2023 schedule while players are set to return to London, Chicago, Bedminster, Jedah, and Miami. The season will begin on February 24th in Mexico before heading to Arizona a month later. 

The tour will return to The Centurion Club in England on July 6th. The course in St Albans was the host of the first-ever LIV event last year. Meanwhile, the Team Championship – the final event on the calendar – is set to take place at Royal Green Golf and Country Club in Saudi Arabia in early November. 

Interestingly, none of the scheduled events overlap with any of golf’s four majors or the Ryder Cup. As things stand, LIV players are still allowed to compete in the four majors but the situation is less clear for the Ryder Cup. 

Team USA captain, Zach Johnson, has said in the past that he wouldn’t select LIV players but this scheduling could suggest that he is having second thoughts. Team Europe captain, Luke Donald, has been coy on the topic but LIV member, Ian Poulter, has said in recent weeks that he hopes to qualify for the event in Rome

Building on last year’s foundations

Speaking at the launch of this year’s edition, LIV Golf Commissioner Greg Norman spoke about how he believes that the tour is the future of golf. The Australian said:

“We received tremendous feedback globally from fans throughout our beta-test year, with one resounding theme: LIV Golf’s team format, innovations, and festival-like events are delivering a one-of-a-kind golf experience. 

Last year helped lay the foundation for the future of golf at extraordinary courses that have hosted some of the world’s top competitions. LIV Golf’s schedule features fantastic venues and championship sites for our official league launch that will carry the sport into a new era.”

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