Greg Norman, LIV Golf’s chairman and CEO, didn’t tamp down the speculation about a women’s golf league to rival the LPGA Tour.
“We talk about it internally, and I have had discussions with individual lady players, professional players,” Norman told reporters ahead of LIV’s tournament in Australia over the weekend.
Since the rumor began floating around last year, details remain elusive. A LIV Golf spokesperson pointed to the transcript of Norman’s news conference when Front Office Sports asked for more information.
“It’s so vague,” said Lydia Ko, who entered the year as the world’s top-ranked women’s golfer, according to Golf.com. “To talk about anything that isn’t really here yet is all speculation.”
Outwardly, there doesn’t appear to be nearly as much acrimony from the LPGA toward LIV as exists between LIV and the PGA Tour.
LPGA commissioner Mollie Marcoux Samaan said in an interview last July that she “would engage in a conversation if it would achieve our aim of promoting women’s golf, but there needs to be input from players and sponsors.”
LIV Golf is almost entirely funded by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund. Aramco, the oil company controlled and majority owned by Saudi Arabia, has sponsored a Ladies European Tour series since 2020.
Aramco’s second event of a five-stop team series will take place at Trump International West Palm Beach next month.