Despite numerous bids and a strong desire to play host, Australia will not be granted a second LIV event in 2024, in the event that the Saudi-backed tour persists. Amidst uncertainty over the future of LIV Golf and ongoing negotiations between the PGA Tour and the Saudi Public Investment Fund, officials are steadfastly making preparations for the coming year.
The maiden tournament in Adelaide elicited an infectious enthusiasm and garnered several bids from Australian states keen on hosting subsequent tournaments. Queensland, New South Wales, and Western Australia stepped forward among nearly fifty potential hosts from different countries, poised and ready to capitalise on Adelaide’s roaring success. However, it appears that their ambitions have gone unfulfilled.
Despite enticing prospects and anticipations regarding a second event, Australia was listed as a one-time host in the reportedly leaked 2024 schedule. On a surprising note, both South Korea and Hong Kong are expected to be incorporated into the international roster in lieu of a second Australian event.
Esteemed Australian golfer, Cameron Smith, expressed his wish for more events in his homeland following the successful Adelaide event. “The prospect of a second event excites me. While I steer clear of organizational conversations, I imagine the significance of a second event for Australia,” Smith stated.
Greg Norman, the Chief Executive, voiced confidence about the promising future of his nascent tour, which has successfully completed two years, during the season-ending LIV team championship event held in Miami. “LIV stands stronger than ever. Our planning for 2024 includes familiar as well as fresh venues to expand our reach,” Norman declared.
Despite rumors that the negotiations between the PGA Tour and the PIF were faltering as they neared the December 31 deadline for confirming the new golfing landscape, Norman expressed no concern over the future of LIV. “My optimism for LIV’s future remains unchanged,” he decisively stated.
In a move reflecting its commitment, the South Australian government cemented a four-year hosting agreement with LIV for golf events in the state. The agreement marks a step forward despite the turn of events. It reiterates the anticipation and planning that rolls forward, irrespective of uncertainties surrounding the location and number of future events.