'A Lot Of Korn Ferry Tour Players Are Going To Get Rich' In Second Super League Tournament

It has been revealed that registration has opened for the second LIV Golf Invitational Series Event, which clashes with the John Deere Classic

Norman looks on
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There were yet more possible hints released on Thursday about the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series when, it was revealed by Golfweek and USA Today Sports Network journalist, Steve DiMeglio, that players had started receiving emails to register for the second LIV Golf Series event on the 1st - 3rd July.

In the tweet, DiMeglio wrote that he had been told: "Players (have) started receiving emails to register for second LIV Golf series event, to be played in Portland July 1-3 opposite John Deere Classic. As 1 player told me: "A lot of Korn Ferry Tour players are going to get rich."

The LIV Golf Invitational 2022 schedule will visit the following dates and locations:

  • 09-11 June: Centurion Golf Club – London, England
  • 01-03 July: Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club – Portland, USA
  • 29-31 July: Trump National Golf Club Bedminster – New Jersey, USA
  • 02-04 Sept: The International – Boston, USA
  • 16-18 Sept: Rich Harvest Farms – Chicago, USA
  • 07-09 Oct: Stonehill Golf Club – Bangkok, Thailand
  • 14-16 Oct: Royal Greens Golf Club – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • 28-30 Oct: Team Championship, TBC

As seen by the schedule above, we know there will be three PGA Tour events that will be affected by the LIV Golf Invitational Series, with the RBC Canadian Open, which is also the week before US Open, the John Deere Classic and the Rocket Mortgage Classic all being played at the same time as events at Centurion Golf Club, Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club and Trump National Golf Club Bedminster.

At the time of writing, we are yet to hear who has jumped over to the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series. However, the CEO of LIV Golf Investments, Greg Norman, has stated that a number of "marquee names" will be announced soon, with it being reported by the Daily Mail, that the Tour has successfully recruited two former-World No.1 players, who are also said to be Ryder Cup heroes.

Along with the marquee names announcement, Norman added: “Quite honestly, it doesn't matter who plays, we're going to put the event on. There's a $4m first prize. I hope a kid who’s 350th in the world wins. It’ll change his life, his family’s life. And then a few of our events will go by and the top players will see someone winning $6m, $8m, and say ‘enough is enough, I know I can beat these guys week in week out with my hands tied behind my back’.”

Norman and co

Cho Minn Thant, CEO and Commissioner of the Asian Tour, Greg Norman, CEO of Liv Golf Investments and Kim Joo-hyung of South Korea at the 2022 PIF Saudi International

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But, although there has been reported interest from some players, others have stayed as far as they can away from the LIV Golf Invitational Series, with Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas and many, many others pledging their allegiance to the PGA Tour.

One of the players is Max Homa who, on Wednesday, stated that he knows “absolutely nothing about what’s going on”.  

Taking to Twitter, Homa wrote: “My favourite part about this LIV golf stuff is that I, a card-carrying member of the best tour in the world, knows absolutely nothing about what’s going on. I am enjoying the ride with everyone on social media.”

As the new Saudi-backed Tour draws nearer to their first event, we are yet to hear of any players who have actually signed up to it. However, if we take Norman's word, we are likely to hear sooner rather than later.

Following DiMeglio's tweet and Norman's statement of a "kid who’s 350th in the world," it suggests a possibility that those on the Korn Ferry Tour may decide to play in the LIV Golf Invitational Series that week if they are given the oppurtunity. However, with two-and-a-half months still to go, time will ultimately tell...

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

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