PGA Tour, negotiations with the Liv continue

The PGA Tour is evaluating several outside investors to address the emerging Arab Super League threat, but is currently proceeding cautiously

by Andrea Gussoni
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PGA Tour, negotiations with the Liv continue
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The PGA Tour is evaluating several outside investors to address the emerging Arab Super League threat, but is currently proceeding cautiously. In an official note, the circuit's policy board announced that talks with the Public Investment Fund and the Strategic Sports Group are ongoing, adding that negotiations with LIV Golf are also continuing at a rapid pace.

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By the end of the year, the PGA Tour is committed to finalizing the framework agreement announced in July with the breakaway league, which recently hired world No. 3 Jon Rahm and is looking to sign Tyrrell Hatton and Tony Finau — as well as dream of bringing other green stars such as Scottie Scheffler and Viktor Hovland to Saudi Arabia.

Despite the uncertainties and threats, the PGA Tour board says it is confident that it can reach an agreement with the PIF and guarantee a positive future for all players and for the entire circuit. LIV Golf, also known as Super Golf League is a professional golf circuit.

It was founded in 2022, with the sponsorship of the Public Investment Fund (it is the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia)1. The circuit rivals the PGA Tour (United States) and the DP World Tour (Europe), offering substantially higher prize money.2​3​ The name LIV refers to the total number of holes to be played in each event (54 in Roman numerals, corresponding to 3 rounds of 18 holes), as opposed to the usual 72 holes (4 rounds of 18 holes) in other tours.

Alternatively, 54 is the score obtained by making a birdie on each hole on a par 72.2 course. In March 2022, LIV Golf CEO, former professional golfer and former world number one Greg Norman, announced the schedule for the first season of the LIV Golf Invitational Series.

This consists of eight tournaments, to be played over a total of 54 holes without a cut. Each tournament will have a field of 48 players, which will be grouped into 12 teams of four players, with simultaneous starts. The total amount of prizes to be distributed amounts to 255 million dollars.

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