LIV Golf is already looking to expand in 2023 with 14 events and a new name

NORTH PLAINS, Ore. — The LIV Golf Invitational Series will include more events and a name change in 2023.

The series will transition to the LIV Golf League next year and events will grow from eight this year to 14 in future years with 48 players under contract across 12 teams. The number of events will be limited to 14.

The Saudi-backed series has grown faster than expected with eight of the top 50 players and 20 of the top 100 in the current World Golf Rankings joining LIV to date.

The fields for this year’s eight events are fluid as more and more players leave the PGA Tour. This week’s course at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club outside Portland features nine players who did not take part in the inaugural event held outside London, including Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed, Matthew Wolff , Abraham Ancer and Carlos Ortiz.

The plan for 2023 is to open the season in March with 48 players under contract. The four-man squads will be defined before the season, with players selected and signed by the 12 captains.

Each player’s contracts vary, with the longest being four years. Phil Mickelson reportedly signed the biggest contract, $200 million, followed by Dustin Johnson at $125 million.

The list of locations has not been finalized. What we do know is that the number of international sites will increase. This year, the series stops in England, Bangkok and Saudi Arabia as well as five locations in the United States: Portland; Bedminster, New Jersey; Boston; Chicago; and Miami.

After the first round of this week’s event, Ortiz is the 54-hole tournament leader at under 5, one stroke ahead of Johnson.

LIV receives $250 million from Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund and offering $25 million in prize money – including $5 million for the top three in the team competition – for the first seven events and $50 million for the series finale at Doral.

The individual winner receives $4 million.

Tom D’Angelo is a journalist at palm beach post. You can reach him at [email protected]

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