According to an exclusive report in the Daily Mail (UK), a new “elite global golf tour” is in the works, “featuring 18 tournaments across the PGA Tour, DP World Tour and LIV Series.”
The report describes the plan as “part of extraordinary peace deal” between the PGA Tour and Saudi Arabia’s LIV Golf Series.
Below are some of the details of the new super golf tour in bullet point:
- The new super tour will feature 18 tournaments, in addition to the four majors.
- It is expected 12 of the tournaments will be PGA Tour events (e.g. The Players, the Memorial) with around three each given to DP World Tour (i.e. BMW PGA, British Masters) and LIV (i.e. LIV Golf Adelaide, LIV Golf Miami).
- The tournaments will be open to only the top 64 players, based on qualifications to be determined: e.g. world rankings, tour rankings and/or major winners.
- Additionally, players will be allowed to move between all three tours, regardless of their super event status, based on traditional qualifications and exemptions (i.e. no more outright bans). For instance, Brooks Koepka, as the PGA Champion, could maintain status as LIV Golf captain of Smash, but also play in any PGA Tour events as an exempted major winner.
- The three main tours (PGA Tour, DP World Tour, LIV Golf) will continue to operate independently in 2024, with changes taking place in 2025.
- The Saudis are expected to invest $2.5 billion in the new startup.
- American investment bank Allen and Co is working out the details of the prize fund with the Saudis.