LIV Golf announces Adelaide 2023 tournament, Cameron Smith, field, where is it, Grange Golf Club, Greg Norman,

LIV Golf’s Australian arrival is official with confirmation of a tournament to be held in Adelaide in April 2023.

The South Australian capital has won the race to host LIV Golf’s Australian debut, edging out Sydney and Brisbane, which were previously rumored as the frontrunners.

Grange Golf Club, whose east course is designed by LIV Golf chief Greg Norman, will host the event on April 21-23, two weeks after the US Masters. It is part of a four-year deal.

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The tournament will be part of the core 14-event schedule in next year’s LIV Golf league, bringing Australian superstar Cameron Smith and compatriot Marc Leishman back down under.

LIV Golf confirmed the international contingent will feature major winners including Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau and Sergio Garcia – making it the best men’s field seen on these shores since the 2019 Presidents Cup.

The prize money for the event will be about A$38 million with the winner taking home about A$6 million.

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Norman said Australia is deserving of “the world’s top competition”, and hopes his home nation can play a big role for LIV Golf as part of a multi-year commitment.

“This is an opportunity to grow the game with generations of Australians while connecting them with star players like Cameron Smith who are building a new platform for golf around the globe,” Norman said.

“There is massive potential for Australia to play a bigger role in this great sport, and I couldn’t be more excited to showcase Adelaide for our league’s debut year.”

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Norman added: “It was a solid priority of mine to get LIV down here to Australia. I’ve always been a staunch proponent myself personally as a player to promote the game of golf in Australia. I did it for decades and decades, so I made the journey down here. I knew how the Australian market was basically devoid of quality players to the magnitude of what LIV has on its books … and the Australian public is absolutely embracing our platform.

“I’m just so proud that we could do it in such a short time period.

“But I couldn’t have done it honestly without having someone like Cam Smith wanting to commit to the Aussie team. So for him coming on board and to see the way he has 120% embraced LIV and the LIV family concept has helped accelerate it all.”

“Every market is important … Australia is really important, too. Australia has been starved. Yes, the Presidents Cup has been here, the World Cup has been here, but for consistency, year-in, year-out, what LIV can do through the South Australian government through coming down here with a multi-year commitment going into the future is something that’s important and no different to what it is in any other country, or any other region around the world. We recognize these opportunities where markets have been starved.”

Meanwhile, South Australia premier Peter Malinauskas said it was an “exciting coup” for the state.

“This is exactly what our economy needs as we emerge from the pandemic, in particular our hospitality sector which has done it tough over the past couple of years. LIV Golf will bring some of the world’s best golf players to SA for an event the likes of which our country has never seen before,” he said.

Grange Golf Club is where Norman claimed his first professional victory, the West Lakes Classic, in 1976.

The Adelaide sandbelt course has also hosted multiple PGA events, as well as the Women’s Australian Open in 2016 and 2019.

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