Adelaide has won the bid to host Australia’s first LIV golf tournament, with international stars including Cameron Smith taking part at The Grange GC in April next year.
The Adelaide course, managed by Greg Norman, is part of a 14-round international program selected to host the three-day tournament from April 21-23.
Norman said in a statement that Australia has great potential to play a role in the Saudi-backed league, which has already featured major winners Dustin Johnson, Bryson DesChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia.
The big-name PGA Tour will no longer play top-level tournaments in Australia at the Presidents Cup, which was last contested in Melbourne in 2019.
“The love of sport is at the heart of Australian culture, and LIV Golf is proud to bring the Global League to a country that deserves the world’s top competition,” LIV Golf CEO and Commissioner Norman said.
“This is an opportunity to grow the game with the next generation of Australians by connecting with superstar players like Cameron Smith who are building a new golf platform around the world.
“There is huge potential for Australia to play a major role in this great sport, and I couldn’t be more excited to represent Adelaide in the first year of our league.”
Norman Grange has hosted major professional events, including the West Lakes Classic in 1976, where he claimed his first professional victory.
The Victorian government has rejected LIV’s approach, choosing to side with the PGA on the golf course.
Open Championship winner Smith, LIV rebel Marc Leishman, as well as Adam Scott and Cameron Davies will return home this month for a series of tournaments, starting with the Australian PGA in Brisbane.
The event coincided with the DP World Tour (formerly the European Tour) where people with LIV disabilities were allowed to play.