Greg Norman threw another punch in the air at the golf institute revealing that he is just getting started with his rebel league.
Greg Norman said he received an extra $ 2.9 billion in funding from Saudi Arabia to build his LIV 54-hole series of events into a full championship by 2024.
Norman revealed last week that the championship had been ready for launch in February until incendiary remarks by six-time major winner Phil Mickelson as for the Saudi regime, some players have withdrawn.
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Australian golf great Norman, two-time British Open champion, is the CEO of LIV Golf, a potential rival of the established US PGA and DP World (formerly European) tours.
The first of LIV Golf’s eight 48-man events in 2022, each with a prize pool of $ 36 million, will be held at Centurion Club in Hertfordshire, north London, from 9-11 June.
A further 10 tournaments are planned for 2023, expanding to 14 in 2024, with 67-year-old Norman saying his vision extends “decades” into the future.
“We just got approval to launch our program in 2023, 24 and 25,” Norman told the BBC. “We are looking even further. We look to decades.
“We have $ 2 billion ($ AUD 2.9 billion) in support, so we have additional funds in place. Twenty-two and 23 are our years of baiting.
“Obviously we had to pivot because there were some obstacles in our way with a couple of institutions – the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour – but we rotated brilliantly.”
Mickelson and Lee Westwood is among the players known for asking for the release from the PGA Tour and DP World Tour to play at the Centurion, with the participation in the inaugural event also of the great champions Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer.
“We have 19 of the top 100 players in Centurion,” said Norman, who added that the tournament would be streamed live on YouTube.
“We have five of the top 50, a success rate that many people didn’t think we would be able to achieve.”
Former world number one Mickelson, 51, caused a stir in February following the publication of his remarks to author Alan Shipnuck last year about the new venture.
Reigning US PGA champion Mickelson said Saudi supporters of LIV Golf were “scary” with a “horrific human rights record”.
But the American added that he was willing to face them in order to get the leverage to “reshape” the PGA tour in the United States.
Doubts remain as to whether Mickelson will defend his US PGA title at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma next week.
Originally published as Greg Norman now has even more billions to play with in the rebel golf war