Valderrama among three new LIV Golf events announced for 2023

Ronan MacNamara
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Real Club Valderrama Hole 15

LIV Golf has added three new venues for the 2023 season, one of which includes the iconic Valderrama in Spain.

The Saudi-backed organisation will also host events in Singapore and Mayakoba having already added Adelaide to the schedule for next year as part of a 14-event calendar.

“LIV Golf is truly a global league dedicated to expanding the sport throughout the world, and these destinations for the league’s 2023 launch showcase our commitment to tournament play at the highest level,” said LIV Golf CEO and Commissioner Greg Norman.

“These venues have played host to signature moments in golf, and we’re excited to build new traditions for the sport while delivering a first-class fan experience at some of the world’s best courses.”

Valderrama has been a legendary venue for European golf and eyebrows were raised when it wasn’t included on the 2023 DP World Tour schedule and it has now been confirmed that the 1997 Ryder Cup and Andalucia Masters venue will be part of LIV.

Also a host to the European Tour Order of Merit climax before its move to Dubai, Valderrama will welcome LIV Golf for the first time from June 30-July 2 which puts it head to head with the Betfred British Masters on the DP World Tour and 3M Open on the PGA TOUR.

“Real Club Valderrama has a rich history of hosting extraordinary golf tournaments, and we are excited to initiate this new partnership with LIV Golf,” said Javier Reviriego, Chief Executive, Real Club Valderrama.

“The quality of players that will compete at Valderrama will no doubt attract many European fans that are eager to see some of the best golfers in the world. We will ensure that the golf course is presented in top condition and that it represents a true challenge, where precision and strategy will play a key role. There is no doubt that the five LIV Golf events that we will be hosting in the coming years will further position Andalucía as one of the top golf destinations in the world.”

The World Wide Technology Championship in Mayakoba on the PGA TOUR was won by Russell Henley earlier this month and it won’t be part of the 2023-24 schedule.

LIV will travel to Mexico for LIV Golf Mayakoba from February 24-26 which is the same time as the Honda Classic on the PGA TOUR.

“Mayakoba is honoured to have been a pioneer for golf within Mexico and Latin America over the past 16 years, and we are incredibly proud of the outstanding players who have found success competing at Mayakoba during this time, from Carlos Ortiz, Armando Favela and Abraham Ancer to Jon Rahm and Eugenio Chacarra,” explained Borja Escalada, CEO of RLH Properties (Mayakoba).

“We could not be more excited to continue this pioneering legacy with LIV Golf, a true industry innovator, and to bring back the best Mexican golfers to play in their home country. We are sure that this alliance will continue to allow us to show the rest of the world all that Mexico, Quintana Roo, Riviera Maya and Mayakoba have to offer.

“RLH Properties’ decision to partner with LIV Golf cements Mayakoba’s position as a trailblazer for professional golf in Mexico. Together, we seek to continue to bolster the popularity and development of the sport, generating opportunities for golf professionals to enhance their careers and grow the game globally. We are very grateful to the PGA Tour for being a wonderful partner over the years and look forward to exploring options to continue supporting both professional golfers and golf fans around the world.”

The third added event will take place in Sentosa Golf Club, Singapore from the 28th-30th of April 2023.

“Together with Sentosa Golf Club, we are elated to host LIV Golf’s Singapore debut, and are confident that we can provide a top-of-class experience for golfers and fans alike. As tourism regains momentum and Sentosa continues to gear up and welcome world-class events, we remain committed to our sustainability goals and are proud that Sentosa Golf Club has received recognition for their steadfast efforts in sustainability,” said Kwee Eng Thien, Sentosa Development Corporation Chief Executive Officer.

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