LIV Golf – Is it really a serious challenger to the PGA Tour?
With the belated unveiling of 42 names, the golf world was hit with a jarring sense of reality this week.
LIV Golf never suggested it would back down over its plans to launch a Saudi-funded world tour, but only now, with concrete names to attach to it, does it truly feel real.
Chief and commissioner Greg Norman has threatened to spearhead a breakaway tour for decades — and now he’s done it.
Whether or not it takes off is a different matter entirely, but the opening LIV Golf Invitational Series event on June 9 is certain to be the centre of attention that weekend.
Once dismissive of the LIV Golf project, worth a reported $3 billion, players on the PGA Tour are swiftly changing their tunes, saying they will keep an eye on how it progresses.
Central to that shift has undoubtedly been the release of the playing field for the first event.
Forty-eight players — 42 of which were revealed on Wednesday — will compete for their share in a $A35 million purse at England’s Centurion Club, near London.