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Greg Norman outlines very bold plan over 2023 LIV Golf signings

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With the inaugural season of LIV Golf in the books, CEO Greg Norman has shifted his attention to 2023.

While speaking to the press, “The Shark” stated that one current priority is to secure more high-end talent for the upcoming LIV Golf season.

“Basically, we’re looking for maybe seven players, something like that.”

When he was asked: “We’re talking Top 10, Top 20 players?” Norman replied:

“Yes. You said both. So, I said yes.”

Earlier this week, it was speculated in a report from The Guardian that PGA Tour stars Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay could be amongst those moving to LIV for next season.

While Norman didn’t give any names, he made it clear that he thinks players have plenty of incentive to “be liberated” and join LIV.

“Quite honestly, the players on the outside looking in to see what’s happening with LIV today, these guys still talk to each other, right? The ones on LIV feel like they have been liberated. There are players on the PGA Tour that we’re speaking to today that want to be liberated.”

The CEO also said that most of the field from last year will be back once again in 2023.

“The percentage of players that will come back probably – doing quick math – 85 to 90% of the players, I would say.”

Next season, the LIV Golf schedule will expand to fourteen tournaments and the total prize money will expand to $405 million.

Both Greg Norman and LIV president Atul Khosla have spoken in the past week of the importance of getting a U.S. television deal and securing sponsors for the league prior to season two getting underway.

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  1. Pingback: Sergio Garcia may just have accidentally revealed LIV’s next big name signing – GolfWRX

  2. gery katona

    Nov 9, 2022 at 11:40 am

    What happens to the 4~5 players who don’t come back to LIV next season? Will they be eligible to play on the PGAT again?

  3. Bob

    Nov 5, 2022 at 9:50 pm

    I missed the bold plan part. $405 Million in counterfeit paper? 14 intimate events? Add 7 has-been and never-will-be players? Pay bribes for a TV sponsorship and other sponsors?

    What’s the bold plan?

    The Saudis should have just bought gold with their paper.

  4. Mike

    Nov 5, 2022 at 1:37 pm

    LIV is so awesome and in-demand that they still don’t have a TV deal after how many months?

    LOL.

  5. Chuck

    Nov 4, 2022 at 3:22 pm

    I have never quite understood; are these LIV deals one-year terms? Multi-year terms? Are they different terms for different players? Is there a relegation provision? What happens to players relegated out of LIV?

    We have some ideas, of course. Yes, different players have different deals, but really, what about exact terms for numbers of seasons? And yeah, there has been some indications of relegation cases. That will be interesting to see how it plays out.

    Actually, let me correct myself; the LIV controversies and legal battles will be interesting. Almost nothing else about LIV is or will be interesting.

    • Brandon

      Nov 5, 2022 at 11:25 am

      I believe there is variation in the contracts,but the big ones like DJ and Phil are 4 years.

  6. Donovan

    Nov 3, 2022 at 4:06 pm

    I don’t see any of the top 30 players leaving until after the Ryder Cup. It’s the one event that they all talk about wanting to be a part of.

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‘I was super-inflamed’ – Bryson opens up on diet experiment mistake

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Golf superstar Bryson DeChambeau has been a captivating figure in the sport of golf since he earned his first PGA Tour win back in 2017.

From being so detail oriented that he used geometric compasses during his rounds to verify the accuracy of course maps to famously having irons designs for him that were all the same length (about the length of a 6-iron), he’s always done things his own way.

In addition to the “mad scientist” approach and the interesting choice of clubs, the 29-year-old also took an extreme approach to how he ate.

In order to put on as much weight as possible to add distance, DeChambeau was eating upwards of 3,500 calories per day including a great deal of protein in the form of protein shakes. In that timeframe, he put on about 50 pounds. The bulk Bryson put on turned out to be beneficial in many ways and it made him the longest driver on the PGA Tour and helped him win a U.S. Open and a handful of other big events.

However, in an interview with “The 5 Clubs Podcast“, DeChambeau revealed that all of the unhealthy eating habits were starting to take a negative toll on his overall health.

“I ate things that were not great for my system that I was very sensitive to and ultimately it got to the point where it was a little bit too much.

“I ate improperly for almost a year and a half, and I was starting to feel weird, my gut was all messed up and so I went completely healthy and went on a Whole-30 diet, got a nutritionist. I was super-inflamed.”

“I start out with going to each side and then from there I best fit what works for me,” he added. “It’s a decent way to live life, it can be a tough one at times because it’s such extremes but if you don’t know one side of the coin to the other, I mean, how can you ever figure out what works best for you? That’s what I’ve done with my life so far.”

Golf has been a struggle for DeChambeau for the past year and a half or so. His last victory was in March of 2021 (API) and he didn’t get himself into contention in any LIV Golf event.

“I played terrible golf the last year, I played my C game.”

He’s also now recommending that young golfers take a different route than he did to gain distance off the tee.

“No. I mean, get stronger in a healthy way. Go get a blood sensitivity test and figure out what works best for your body to gain size and strength.”

Bryson said that he now feels and looks younger after returning to a healthier lifestyle, so it will be interesting to see if that translates to the golf course in 2023.

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‘Not very happy with that article’ – Nelly Korda hits out at interview involving current coach

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LPGA Tour superstar Nelly Korda reclaimed her spot as the number one player in the world last week after a win at the Pelican Championship.

It has been an up and down season for Korda, who had been struggling with some health issues which led to inconsistent play.

After the victory, her coach, Jamie Mulligan spoke to Golfweek. In the interview, Mulligan went into detail about some of the health issues Korda has had this past year, which Korda had chosen to keep mostly private.

The coach said that Korda had a blood clot that was only two centimeters from her heart. He also said she was “sounding emotional” during the incident and that her hands were “turning weird colors” on the day she received her diagnosis.

Given her desire to keep the situation private, it’s no surprise that Korda was upset with the story that came out of the interview Mulligan gave to Golfweek.

“I was not very happy with that article because that was a very … I think that was blown out of proportion a good bit,” she said. “It was definitely not that bad, but I’m very private about my medical history, my medical issues. So, in a sense, yeah, I think that article is just blown out of proportion, honestly.”

While she didn’t come out and say she was displeased that a member of her team shared information that she didn’t want revealed, she was visibly annoyed. When asked how she felt about Mulligan sharing the information she said, “No. Nothing to say.”

After the win last week, Korda said “There has been more downs than ups this year I think, and I think that that’s what makes this so much sweeter to me.”

Things seem to finally be on the right track for the ten-time winner, and she will look to keep her momentum at the CME Group Tour Championship as 60 players will compete for one of the biggest purses of the year.

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Legendary announcer not expecting call from LIV after ‘spat’ with Greg Norman

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Last week, Roger Maltbie was told he wouldn’t be returning to the broadcast booth for NBC in 2023.

Maltbie did an interview with Sirius XM PGA Tour Radio to discuss his career and plans going forward. The 71-year-old said that “there’s hurt feelings and there’s also a lot of gratitude.”

After working for NBC for 31 years, Maltbie was asked if he’d consider going to broadcast for the PGA Tour’s rival in LIV Golf next season. While he wasn’t opposed to the idea, Maltbie indicated that it was unlikely due to the fact that he and LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman had a falling out at some point, so he doesn’t think they’d be interested.

“I guess at this age, at 71, you never say never, but that would shock me beyond belief.

“Greg Norman and I had sort of a spat you might call it years back, and I doubt that I would get a call from LIV, let’s put it that way.”

Despite his poor relationship with Norman, Maltbie defended the players who’ve joined LIV and indicated he has no issues whatsoever with the controversial league.

“This LIV thing, it’s kind of crazy,” he said. “There’s so much hypocrisy involved in it.”

“I don’t begrudge any player that accepted that money or decided to do that. That’s still a decision that is 1,000% their right. I don’t like the idea that they think they could do that and play the PGA Tour. I don’t follow that, but I’m not upset with it.

“There are people that have this moral outrage about accepting money from the Saudi Investment Fund and it’s like, really? All the business that our government does with Saudi Arabia, and the largest corporations in America, so many of them do some business with the Saudis.

“Why all of a sudden are golfers the moral compass of the world? I don’t understand that. So, I have no problem with those guys taking that money.”

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