The rebel LIV Golf organisation has shaken up the sport and certainly ruffled plenty of feathers along the way.
But it could yet breathe new life into the game in Australia, with news three tournaments will be brought Down Under next year.
The controversial tour – headed up by Australian golf icon Greg Norman – is financed largely by the Saudi government, which has been accused of numerous human rights crimes.
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That’s the main reason LIV is blacklisted by many, although it’s also seen as a blatant attempt to leverage the long-standing PGA Tour into increasing prizemoney for the world’s top players.
Australians, though, have little reason to be loyal to America’s PGA Tour, which can be accused of essentially ignoring the game Down Under for a number of years now.
Cameron Smith and Adam Scott of Australia. (Getty)
While the island nation has produced three men’s major winners in the last decade, the payoff has hardly been reciprocated by the world’s most prestigious golf league.
Their loss could be Norman’s gain, as he plots a return to his native land with the aim of steering Aussie fans towards LIV Golf with the lure of seeing some of the biggest names up close and personal.
The Australian Golf Digest reports LIV is planning to hold three tournaments in the country in 2023 as part of a $300 million partnership with the Asian Tour.
An LIV Golf League tournament will be played in Sydney in April. In addition to that, two of the Asian Tour’s International Series events are expected to be held Down Under.
9News Queensland reports the Gold Coast is a leading contender to host at least one of those tournaments.
Australian golfers will be enticed to sign up for LIV if they can play three events in their home country. The catch will be almost certain banishment from the PGA Tour.
Australia’s two biggest current tournaments – the Australian Open and the Australian PGA Championship – are sanctioned by the DP World Tour, based in Europe.
The news dropped only hours after it was reported Australia’s newest major champion Cameron Smith has agreed to a $140 million deal with Norman’s rebel league.
LIV Golf to bring tournaments to Australia
Fellow Aussie Marc Leishman is also rumoured to be ditching the PGA Tour in favour of the Saudi riches.
With LIV Golf coming down south, Australians will have the chance to watch their best players like Smith and Leishman – as well as American superstars like Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka, and Bryson DeChambeau – compete on these shores.
It’s a luxury they otherwise would almost surely miss out on.
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