LIV Golf will offer three spots in its 48-player tour via a qualifying tournament starting in 2023, according to a report by SI.com.
The Saudi-backed start-up confirmed at its first event in the US outside Portland, Oregon, last month that it would move from the LIV Golf Invitational Series to a league table of 14 events and 48 players starting in 2023, one year earlier. pre-scheduled. Under the new format, each player will participate in all 14 events, and the 12 teams of four players will be assigned to the entire season.
It was not immediately clear how these 48 players would be selected, and the vast majority of these positions are expected to be occupied by players with multi-year commitments to LIV. But, according to a Si.com report, the bottom four in the 2023 LIV standings will be relegated to the league, where three points were filled in a qualifying tournament called the “Promotions” event and the fourth goes to the winner. From the money list of the LIV International Series, which will be validated by the Asian Tour and LIV Golf. The report says details of the inaugural qualifying tournament will be shared before the end of the current LIV season, which concludes with the Tour Championships at Trump Doral on October 27-30.
Starting in 2023, LIV will maintain its rankings throughout the season and will award points to the top 24 riders in each of its events. At the end of the season, four players will be relegated from the bottom of the standings – but some players and the captain may be exempted from relegation depending on their individual contract with LIV Golf. Other players outside the top 24 may lose their playing privileges if their team decides not to renew their deals.
A number of players will reportedly be disqualified from the qualifying tournament, including major winners from the past five years, number 2-32 on the money list from the LIV International Series, Top 75 in the golf rankings, PGA Tour and DP World Tour winners of the year. Past and current members of the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teams.
The lack of a qualification process for LIV events is widely seen as a hindrance for the Tour to earn golf world ranking points, which are seen as essential to the Tour’s long-term future. It provides an open merit mechanism for golfers to play their way to a profitable course.
LIV Golf will hold its third event this week at Trump Bedminster in New Jersey.