The LIV Golf Tour is a start-up golf tour attempting to compete with the PGA TOUR. Before it took off, it was commonly referred to as the Saudi Golf League, as it is financially backed by Saudi Arabia. CEO Greg Norman is the man behind LIV Golf, and has said it is designed to change the sport with smaller fields, fewer events, and large payouts.
It hosted eight tournaments in its first season, and plans to host 14 events in 2023. The events in its first season took place in cities including London (at the Centurion Club), Bangkok (Stonehill), Jeddah (Royal Greens) and Miami (Trump National Doral).
What has lured some of the big-name PGA pros over to the Tour is that golfers don’t have to commit to a full season, nor perform well in order to get paid. Instead, they are paid out on a per-event basis. The purses for 2022’s eight events totaled $225 million, and the most notable golfers from the PGA were handed nine-figure paychecks in order to defect from the PGA.
In return, the PGA TOUR has stated that players must choose between the two tours, with any golfer defecting to the LIV Golf Tour unable to return.