The Grange Golf Club in Adelaide will play host to the country’s first controversial LIV Golf event, backed by Greg Norman, in April next year. The Saudi-backed LIV Golf’s international field will feature major winners including Australia’s Cam Smith as one of its biggest stars.
“The Grange Golf Club is excited to host the world’s best golfers at our course,” said club president Nicolle Rantanen Reynolds.
“It is recognition of our excellent facilities and our ability to host world-class golf tournaments. We are looking forward to working with LIV Golf and the SA Government to deliver an outstanding event.”
Final rosters for the LIV Golf League will be announced next year when 12 established team franchises will compete in a global 14-event schedule for an unprecedented $US405 million in prize money. The Grange will be home to LIV Golf’s first Australian round from April 21-23.
“Passion for sport is at the core of Australian culture, and LIV Golf is proud to bring its global league to a country deserving of the world’s top competition,” said LIV Golf CEO and Commissioner Greg Norman. The Grange was the venue for Norman’s first professional victory in 1976.
“This is an opportunity to grow the game with generations of Australians while connecting them with star players like Cameron Smith who are building a new platform for golf around the globe. There is massive potential for Australia to play a bigger role in this great sport, and I couldn’t be more excited to showcase Adelaide for our league’s debut year.”
The LIV Golf League will showcase its innovative new golf format featuring simultaneous team and individual play, with each season culminating in a Team Championship finale.
The 2023 league schedule, to be released in the coming weeks, will tee off from February to September and will not compete with the Majors, international team events or heritage events.