Australian golfers who enroll with the Saudi-backed LIV Series will nonetheless be welcome to play in dwelling occasions, the nation’s Tour boss mentioned, amid studies Open winner Cameron Smith has already agreed to affix the breakaway circuit.
The Australian Open and Australian PGA Championship, two of the largest tournaments on the PGA Tour of Australasia calendar, are co-sanctioned by the DP World Tour, which moved to dam some gamers from its tournaments in June after they performed a LIV occasion.
Australia, nonetheless, hopes its largest names can return dwelling to offer the native tour a lift after two tough years disrupted by Covid-19.
“The players coming home to play, as long as there is no conflicting event they will be welcome to play,” PGA of Australia CEO Gavin Kirkman informed reporters.
“The Australian players that come home from wherever they’re playing at the moment, if they’re members of our organisation they’ll be eligible to play and that’s been discussed with the other tours.”
Numerous low-profile Australian golfers have signed with LIV, together with world quantity 82 Matt Jones.
Australian Travis Smyth, ranked exterior the highest 400, shared in a $1.5 million prize with three gamers for ending second within the workforce ingredient on the LIV opener exterior London in June.
The Daily Telegraph reported Australia’s high participant Smith, the world No 2, has signed a $100 million-plus deal to affix LIV in a significant coup for the breakaway collection.
LIV and Smith, who’s competing on the FedExCup playoffs beginning in a while Thursday in Memphis, have declined to touch upon the report.
Smith mentioned after profitable the Open he was eager to return dwelling to Australia for a few occasions.
LIV has mentioned it should develop to Australia subsequent yr and native golf media reported the collection, spearheaded by CEO Greg Norman, may have three occasions within the nation in 2023.
That may carry loads of big-name gamers to Australia, which has usually struggled to lure them to occasions because of the distance and comparatively modest prize cash on supply.
Kirkman mentioned his tour couldn’t management how LIV operated within the nation and that it wanted to take care of its personal enterprise.
“Some people are going to love it and some people aren’t, but if it comes to Australia we’ve got to be in a position where we stay focused on our strategy,” he mentioned.
“Is it going to be good for the game? What I don’t want and what I don’t like to hear about and read about at the moment is people arguing what is good for the game and what is not.
“If (fans) get out and see some golf under a different format, that’s up to them.”