Sydney is expected to miss out on hosting the first LIV Golf event in Australia with Greg Norman’s Saudi-backed tour favouring a shift away from both NSW and Victoria.
Despite being considered the early frontrunner to welcome the controversial new league to Australia, sources familiar with the situation said Sydney won’t be the choice for Norman’s series.
Norman’s LIV executives had visited several courses in the harbour city including The Lakes and Stonecutters Ridge in Sydney’s west, but will bypass Australia’s largest capital city for its first foray into Australia.
Adelaide has emerged as a leading contender to host the LIV event, which will feature a $35 million purse and the likes of Australia’s The Open champion Cameron Smith, compatriot Marc Leishman and major winners Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka and Sergio Garcia.
South Australian Premier Peter Malinauskas has made an aggressive pitch for Norman to bring the LIV event to Adelaide, with Grange Golf Club a leading candidate. Norman helped re-design the course almost a decade ago.
“I haven’t seen much evidence of the US PGA doing Australian golfing supporters any favours recently,” Malinauskas said last month. “I think it’s about time golf had a bit of a shake-up. So to that end, I wish LIV Golf all the best.”
Norman has also scouted out his home state of Queensland as a potential landing spot for the Australian event, which is likely to be held in April and will be part of a global league that takes players across the world in 2023.
NSW Sports Minister Alister Henskens said last month Sydney was “ready and willing” to discuss the potential of bringing more topline golf events to the state, but they have missed out on hosting the new upstart series.