LIV Golf: Play-in event presents three spots on Saudi-backed tour

The tens of millions of {dollars} on provide at LIV Golf have been opened as much as newcomers, with affirmation of a play-in qualification occasion in December open to a raft of hopefuls, together with leaders of the PGA Tour of Australasia order of advantage.

Australian Jed Morgan was one of many 4 gamers minimize from the Saudi-backed tour this yr after the 2021 Australian PGA winner completed down the underside of the person participant rankings however nonetheless collected a contact greater than $7m from his 21 occasions.

LIV officers have narrowed the qualification for entry into the play-in event, which can be staged from December 8-10, every week after the Australian Open, on the Abu Dhabi Golf Membership within the United Arab Emirates, with the highest three finishers set to be drafted into one of many LIV Golf groups subsequent season.

There’s additionally a $2.3m prize purse on provide, with greater than $300,000 going to the winner, a cheque equal to what the Australian Open winner will obtain. At every LIV occasion, with 14 deliberate for 2024 together with Adelaide, winners obtain $6.3m from a $31m prize pool.

From his 23 occasions since becoming a member of LIV, Cameron Smith has collected in extra of $35m in prizemoney.

Amid hope of drawing some important new expertise to the tour, the play-in occasion can be open to entry for winners of PGA Tour and DP World Tour-sanctioned occasions over the previous two years, Ryder Cup and President’s Cup contributors from 2019-2023 and any main winners over the previous 4 years.

Simply who enters stays to be seen however LIV star Phil Mickelson spruiked on the staff championship in Miami final weekend that a number of huge names remained eager to hitch the tour regardless of its future being topic to ongoing merger talks between the PGA Tour and the Saudi Public Funding Fund.

“I do know that’s going to occur,” Mickelson mentioned.

“When gamers take a look at LIV, they’re eager to be part of it.”

The highest three within the PGA Tour of Australia Order of Advantage, and subsequently eligible for the play-in occasion, are Lachlan Barker, Austin Bautista and Ben Eccles.

The play-in occasion can be open to the winner and runner-up of the Asia Pacific Newbie Championship, which is being performed at Royal Melbourne this week.

LIV chief govt Greg Norman, who mentioned final week he had “zero” issues concerning the tour’s future, mentioned the plan to advertise new gamers was a part of their objective to assist golfers “advance their careers at golf’s highest ranges”.

“LIV Golf Promotions establishes an built-in pathway for the very best gamers and up-and-coming expertise from everywhere in the globe to hitch a league that’s altering the sport,” he mentioned.

“Open competitors and meritocracy have all the time been part of the material of LIV Golf, and following the success of our first full, 14-event season, we’re excited to have the ability to launch LIV Golf Promotions and provide gamers from all over the world the possibility to qualify for 2024.”

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