LIV Golf announces first-ever global golf league in 2023 with franchises, relegation and finale

Saudi-backed LIV Golf announces HUGE expansion plans for 2023 – with the first-ever global golf league which will feature team franchises, relegation and a match play GRAND FINALE!

  • The LIV Golf Series launched this year and lured some of the sports biggest stars
  • The Saudi-backed breakaway organization has confirmed it will return in 2023
  • The LIV Golf League will be launched next year taking place over 14 events
  • 12 established team franchises will compete amid relegation and promotion

The controversial LIV Golf has announced that it will officially launch the sport’s first-ever global league in 2023.

After launching this year, the Saudi-backed breakaway series confirmed it will return in 2023 in the new form of the LIV Golf League with $405 million up for grabs in prize purses and the chance for promotions and relegations.

Golf’s first-ever league will also introduce a franchise system team with 12 teams to be led by one established Team Captain who will compete and have the ability to build their franchises to attract fan following and sponsors.

Saudi-backed LIV Golf has announced it will launch the sport's first-ever league in 2023

Saudi-backed LIV Golf has announced it will launch the sport’s first-ever league in 2023

Former World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is captain of the '4 Aces GC' in this year's series

Former World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is captain of the ‘4 Aces GC’ in this year’s series

Players will compete over 14 events in simultaneous team and individual play with each season culminating in a Team World Championship match play grand finale.

‘LIV Golf’s expanding global platform will add a new dimension to the golf ecosystem as we know it, one that provides an opportunity for players and fans around the world to help maximize our beloved sport’s true potential,’ said Greg Norman, CEO and Commissioner of LIV Golf.

Our franchise model will bring new energy and excitement to fans from all corners of the world, establishing a league of teams to connect and grow with.

CEO Greg Norman claimed the new league will 'add a new dimension' to the sport

CEO Greg Norman claimed the new league will ‘add a new dimension’ to the sport

“The International Series will attract new talent and offer unprecedented pathways that develop the next generation of stars. LIV Golf is committed to making sustainable investments that grow the game now and for the future, and we are proud to turn these dreams into a reality.’

LIV Golf League players will also be expected to compete in the International Series events, meaning LIV Golf will deliver 25 tournaments worldwide.

Through the International Series, launched this year through a $300 million commitment from LIV Golf to the Asian Tour, amateurs and emerging stars will have the chance to earn promotion to the LIV Golf League, while others could face the threat of relegation.

Six-time Major champion Phil Mickelson is another American star who has defected to LIV Golf

Six-time Major champion Phil Mickelson is another American star who has defected to LIV Golf

The organization stressed that the 14-event schedule will not compete with golf’s four Majors, international team events, such as the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup, or heritage events and insisted players will have the freedom to choose to play where they want.

LIV Golf’s insistence comes after the PGA suspended all its members who had jumped ship to its Saudi-funded rivals, also barring them from being able to play in the Ryder Cup.

The DP World Tour recently sacked Team Europe captain Henrik Stenson after he became the latest to defect to LIV Golf for a $48m signing on fee and is set to tee it up at his first even this week in New Jersey.

Henrik Stenson will not captain Team Europe at the 2023 Ryder Cup after joining LIV Golf

Henrik Stenson will not captain Team Europe at the 2023 Ryder Cup after joining LIV Golf

However, LIV’s Saudi rebels may not have to worry about their availability as well Sportsmail: reported earlier this month that defectors to the breakaway golf tour facing a ban from all four majors next year.

On the eve of the first round of the British Open at St Andrews, Martin Slumbers, chief executive of the R&A, was withering Greg Norman’s LIV series, dismissing the start-up as ‘entirely driven by money’.

While Slumbers said that barring LIV players is ‘not on our agenda’, with 24 rebels in the field of 156 here and currently eligible for all majors, he did disclose his governing body would ‘review our exemptions and qualifications criteria for the Open’.

R&A chief Martin Slumbers was critical of the LIV defectors ahead of the start of the 150th Open

R&A chief Martin Slumbers was critical of the LIV defectors ahead of the start of the 150th Open

Sportsmail: understands one possibility being considered is the exclusion of players suspended from one of the traditional tours.

On the back of the PGA Tour’s indefinite ban on those who cash in with LIV – including Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed – it would be a crushing blow for the rebels, especially as the four majors are expected to act in unison.

The full slate of events will be announced at a later date, but LIV Golf is expected to expand its reach across the world.

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