The LIV Golf League has released its 2024 regular-season schedule even as merger talks continue between LIV’s Saudi backers and the PGA Tour over a framework agreement.
The campaign runs from February to August with 12 events in eight nations and is to be followed by LIV’s individual and team championship tournaments, details of which were not announced.
Some of LIV’s events are opposite PGA Tour signature events, a signal that golf’s civil war could heat up next year if no merger deal is finalised.
The fracture began in 2022 when several top PGA names departed for LIV and were banned from PGA events.
The PGA Tour Policy Board must approve any deal by the end of the year for a merger to be completed under a deal with the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund (PIF) that PGA officials announced in June.
Since then, other groups have sought equity deals with the PGA Tour.
LIV’s 2024 campaign is set to open on 2-4 February at Mayakoba in Mexico – opposite a PGA Tour signature event at Pebble Beach – with the next event in Las Vegas on 8-10 February just ahead of the Super Bowl being played in the Nevada gambling showplace.
LIV will play in Saudi Arabia on 1-3 March and at the Hong Kong Golf Club on 8-10 March – opposite a PGA signature stop at Bay Hill – with another event at an unspecified US layout on 5-7 April on the week before The Masters.
Adelaide will play host to LIV Golf on 26-28 April with a Singapore stop on 3-5 May.
LIV will play in Houston on 7-9 June – opposite the Jack Nicklaus-hosted PGA Tour signature event The Memorial – on the week before the US Open at Pinehurst and LIV talent will tee off in Nashville on 21-23 June opposite a PGA Tour signature event, the Travelers Championship.
A Spanish tournament will be played 12-14 July at Valderrama ahead of The Open at Royal Troon with a LIV event at the JCB Golf and Country Club in Staffordshire, England, on 26-28 July.
The regular-season finale, another US event, will be contested at Greenbrier in West Virginia on 16-18 August – opposite the first weekend of the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup playoffs.
“We’re thrilled to announce an exciting slate of events that reflects our commitment to bringing world-class players and premier competition to new and repeat markets every year,” LIV Golf commissioner Greg Norman said.
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