MEXIC CITY: LIV Golf League Commissioner Greg Norman vows the Saudi-backed sequence goes “full steam forward” regardless of a brand new PGA Tour deal value as much as $3 billion with US sports activities crew traders.
Reigning Masters champion Jon Rahm makes his LIV Golf League debut on Friday when the circuit begins a 3rd season at Mayakoba in Mexico.
Norman, in a letter to LIV workers obtained by The Golf Channel, took credit score for creating the ambiance that arrange the PGA Tour cope with Strategic Sports activities Group (SSG) at the same time as merger talks drag on between the PGA and DP World excursions and LIV’s backers, Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding Fund (PIF).
“Nothing introduced by different excursions or funding teams modifications LIV Golf’s constructive trajectory or future plans,” Norman wrote, in response to Golf Channel on Thursday.
“This broader curiosity and dedication to the sport and funding in its future wouldn’t have occurred with out the emergence of LIV Golf as an revolutionary pressure within the golf ecosystem.”
The PGA Tour and PIF introduced the framework settlement for a merger deal final June however haven’t managed to hammer out particulars of a remaining contract.
Whereas the settlement did shut down lawsuits that will have revealed particulars of PIF and PGA operations, nothing else has been settled.
Three-time main winner Jordan Spieth mentioned Wednesday there was no want for a merger now apart from reuniting high gamers underneath one group, despite the fact that the PGA-SSG deal permits for an funding from PIF.
“We’re shifting full steam forward and increasing on the unimaginable success now we have already achieved in a really quick time,” Norman mentioned. “I’ve by no means been extra assured within the league, the individuals concerned and our supporters everywhere in the world.”
Rahm mentioned he was not fearful about LIV’s future or merger talks.
“There are quite a bit larger individuals which might be quite a bit smarter than me which might be going to be worrying about that that really have a say in it,” Rahm mentioned. “We’re right here to play golf, carry out and no matter comes, comes.”
Spain’s Sergio Garcia, among the many first to affix LIV, welcomed fellow Masters winner and compatriot Rahm to LIV on Thursday.
“It’s positively thrilling,” Garcia mentioned. “Anytime you possibly can have a participant the standard of Jon in your league, it’s superb. We’re very grateful to have him right here. I believe it’s an ideal addition.”
LIV Golf introduced format modifications for the brand new season, which incorporates fields of 13 groups of 4 plus two wildcard solo gamers at every occasion.
Every crew’s high three participant scores will nonetheless depend for the primary and second rounds however all 4 participant scores will now depend within the remaining spherical of the crew competitors.
Tie-breakers will solely be used to find out podium positions with season factors for degree gamers added collectively and distributed equally.
“The competitors updates for 2024 mirror a pure evolution of the LIV Golf League format,” LIV Golf senior vp of competitors administration David Benne mentioned.