Greenbrier Owner Hints At 'Big Announcement' Amid LIV Golf Rumours

West Virginia Governor, Jim Justice, didn't confirm LIV Golf were going to The Greenbrier, but it seems an announcement will be made soon

Justice talks at the Greenbrier
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In 2023, LIV Golf have announced an expansion to a 14-tournament league, with Mexico - El Camaleon Golf Club, Australia - The Grange Golf Club, Singapore - Sentosa Golf Club and Spain - Real Club Valderrama, just four of the confirmed venues for their schedule next year. (opens in new tab)

Now, it appears we are set to here about another new venue sooner rather than later, with yet another former PGA Tour venue reportedly set to become a Saudi-backed league event (opens in new tab). The course in question? Well, The Greenbrier in West Virginia is close to announcement, according to the State Governor, Jim Justice. 

Niemann holds a trophy

LIV golfer, Joaquin Niemann, was the last winner of the Greenbrier Classic, before it was taken off the rota in 2019

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Speaking on Friday, Justice, who is a tourism promoter, as well as the actual owner of The Greenbrier, stated: "I know negotiations have continued with The Greenbrier folks. There’s, I guess, a big announcement coming and I think it will be exciting to the state of West Virginia that we may have a big event coming.”

It has been long reported by a number of outlets that The Greenbrier is set to become a LIV Golf (opens in new tab) event venue and, when asked about these reports, Justice said confirmation is up to LIV Golf officials.

“I think that is their choice. And we should respect their choice,” Justice stated. “From that standpoint, I’m not at privilege to announce anything. But I think from the standpoint of the LIV Golf tour, when they decide they want to make their announcements we should be respectful of that.”

Justice puts a jacket on Stuart Appleby

Justice puts the winner's jacket on Stuart Appleby 

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His concluding statement all but seemed to confirm those reports, as the American finished by saying: “I think we’re going to have a real positive announcement for West Virginia.”

Although unclear as to when a potential announcement will be made, LIV Golf stated back in the end of October that they would have their full schedule and line-up finalised by the end of 2022. According to Atul Khosla, who is the President of LIV Golf, they "want the teams locked in by the new year," (opens in new tab) with around seven new signings potentially being announced. 

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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°

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Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

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

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