According to The Telegraph (opens in a new tab)Valderrama is set to be confirmed as the new LIV golf venue for 2023, with the Saudi-backed series offering more than $2 million to the Spain-based course.
Although the schedule has yet to be announced, it is expected to be made public at the end of November and it is believed that LIV Golf Spain will be held at the end of June, three weeks before the 151st Open Championship, with the Centurion Club. host a LIV Golf event a week later. It has been confirmed that next year, LIV Golf will expand to a 14-event league with nine events in the United States and five worldwide.
Valderrama was originally linked with LIV Golf since July, with one of Europe’s most recognized courses having previously hosted a Ryder Cup, as well as countless DP World Tour events.
Since the 1980s, it has hosted the defunct Volvo Masters and WGC – American Express Championship before being the scene of the Andalucia Masters where, this year, it even crowned Adrian Otaegui, the first golfer to win on the DP World Tour. having played in several LIV Golf events.
Following Otaegui’s victory, Ryder Cup Vice-Captain Edoardo Molinari expressed his wish that the DP World Tour continue to host an event at Valderrama, with the Italian tweeting: “Well done Adrian Otaegui, score amazing around Valderrama. Let’s just hope we can keep playing a @DPWorldTour event there in the years to come… it’s definitely my favorite place of the year! Hope Valderrama members take the good choice.”
It’s not just DP World Tour players who have had a say in the venue. In September, Tour CEO Keith Pelley admitted that LIV Golf could be in the running to host a tournament on the course.
He said: “The first LIV event was in our territory in the UK and there are discussions and people are now asking me about Valderrama. They talk to every one of our stakeholders, every one of our partners, to each of our broadcasters.” Meanwhile, a DP World Tour spokesperson said: “We have made a proposal to Valderrama and would very much like to continue to have such an iconic venue on our schedule.”
According to reports, LIV Golf is not only close to finalizing its schedule, but is aiming to have all of its players for 2023 confirmed by the New Year, with LIV Golf President Atul Khosla stating: “We are in the middle of discussions. (about new recruits). We will do it this year. We want teams to be locked down by the new year. This will play out over the next few months.