Australia to host 2023 LIV Golf tournament

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Australian golf officials are focusing solely on their own bumper summer schedule amid revelations Greg Norman's rebel tour is planning to stage at least one event down under next year.

While British Open champion Cameron Smith is yet to publicly commit to the breakaway LIV Golf league, Australia was included in its preliminary 2023 tournament schedule released overnight.

The Saudi-backed series announced a 14-tournament plan for next year with 12 established team franchises and a chance for players to either be promoted or relegated through its series of Asian Tour events.

There are plans for tournaments in Australia, North and Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Europe with LIV boss Norman saying the full schedule will be released later.

An Australasian tour spokesman on Thursday told AAP it had not been consulted about any LIV golf tournaments being held in the country.

The spokesman said, regardless, they were more intent on forging ahead with more than 10 tournaments this summer, including the long-awaited return of the Australian Open following the cancellation of the past two editions because of COVID-19.

LIV Golf organisers said their tour would not compete with the majors, international team events or heritage events next year.

Just as with the LIV Golf Invitational Series, which launched in June, LIV Golf League will feature simultaneous team and individual play.

The 48 contracted players will be part of 12 team franchises competing for $US585 million ($A837m) in prize purses.

Smith has been linked to a move to LIV in 2023 along with fellow Aussies Adam Scott and Marc Leishman.

Between League events and International Series tournaments, LIV Golf will stage 25 tournaments worldwide in 2023.

The rebel series is looking to lure talent from the US PGA Tour and the Europe-based DP World Tour.

Star players to commit so far include major champions Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Sergio Garcia and Louis Oosthuizen, while two-time Masters winner Bubba Watson is reportedly also set to join.

World No. 4 Patrick Cantlay on Wednesday in the US coyly said that he has no plans "at the moment" to join the LIV Golf Series when this PGA Tour season concludes.

But he conceded the huge money on offer on the rebel tour was enticing.

"Yeah, I think anytime anyone's playing their profession, money's a big contributing motivator," Cantlay said.

Meanwhile, American insurance company Mutual of Omaha has ended its sponsorship of Henrik Stenson after the Swede joined LIV.

Stenson, who won the 2016 British Open, was stripped of Team Europe's Ryder Cup captaincy last week, hours before he announced his decision to join the breakaway league.

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