No Oklahoma stop on LIV’s announced 2024 calendar

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Despite a mostly successful 2023 event at Cedar Ridge Country Club, LIV Tulsa is not on the 12-event 2024 schedule released today by LIV Golf. The venue for the league’s fifth event is marked USA, although the April 5-7 date would almost certainly preclude an Oklahoma stop. The league’s individual championship and team championship events at the end of the season are also unannounced and marked as TBA. Speculation is the individual championship will be played at Maridoe Golf Club in Carrollton, Texas.

The schedule begins in February and features 12 regular season events in eight different countries, including new and returning markets.

Oklahoma State graduate Charles Howell III told Golf Oklahoma at the Oak Tree National Pro-Scratch in late October that LIV wanted to return to Oklahoma and was looking at the third week in June, a date that wound up going to Nashville. Negotiations with Gaillardia Country Club in Oklahoma City and with Cedar Ridge did not result in an agreement. The June date would have likely eliminated the winter kill issues that plagued Cedar Ridge in its May 12-14 date last year.

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Cedar Ridge, however, is in the midst of a national search for a new general manager with the impending retirement of Cleve Stubblefield after 21 years at the helm. The club also has a packed calendar in June with its popular Ridge Run member guest and other events.

With attendance of more than 35,000 over three days May 12-14, LIV Tulsa, won in a playoff by Dustin Johnson, was one of the best attended LIV events in the U.S. in the league’s two-year history.

Due to the popularity of native Oklahoman Talor Gooch, who topped the LIV individual standings in 2023, as well as all the other players with Oklahoma ties such as Howell, Abe Ancer, Peter Uihlein, Matthew Wolfe and Eugenio Chacarra, Howell said LIV research shows Oklahomans continually have one of the highest interest rates in LIV of anywhere in the U.S. It may well be a place the league looks at returning if it is still an entity after whatever agreement is eventually announced between the PGA Tour and the Saudi Public Investment Fund.

“Oklahoma and Cedar Ridge Country Club were fantastic hosts to LIV Golf and the tournament was a big success,” Allen Barrett, LIV’s director of communications, wrote in an email to Golf Oklahoma today. “It’s a great state for golf and we look forward to hopefully returning to Oklahoma in the future.”

Gooch tweeted today that negotiations with Gaillardia in OKC did not go well. It is known that Concert Golf, owners of Gaillardia, were seeking a multi-event contract.

“For my Oklahoma people- we busted our tail trying to work with @ConcertGolf to get an event at Gaillardia and they weren’t tough to work with, they were completely unreasonable,” Gooch wrote. “I know OKC would’ve loved the event so hopefully one day we’ll get a LIV event there for the #405”

LIV Golf League competition will kick off at El Camaleón Golf Course in Mayakoba, Mexico, site of last season’s opener. Also returning as host venues: The Grange Golf Club in Adelaide, Australia; the Real Club Valderrama in Andalucía, Spain; the Serapong course at Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore, and The Old White course at The Greenbrier, site of Bryson DeChambeau’s title-winning 58.The 2024 regular season schedule will bring LIV to new markets and venues. In February, the Las Vegas Country Club, located in the heart of Las Vegas, will host the first U.S.-based event of the season. In March, LIV Golf travels to Saudi Arabia before visiting Hong Kong Golf Club, home of the Hong Kong Open, the city’s oldest professional sporting event. In June, the Golf Club of Houston will host LIV Golf’s first tournament in the state of Texas before The Grove Golf Club in Nashville brings the league’s “Golf, But Louder” theme to Tennessee. In late July, LIV Golf will visit the United Kingdom for a third consecutive year, this time traveling to the renowned JCB Golf and Country Club in Staffordshire.

– Ken MacLeod and LIV press release

2024 LIV GOLF LEAGUE SCHEDULE

Feb 2-4, Mayakoba, Mexico
Feb. 8-10, Las Vegas, Nev.
March 1-3, Saudi Arabia
April 5-7, USA
April 26-28, Adelaide, Aus.
May 3-5, Singapore
June 7-9, Houston, Texas
June 21-23, Nashville, Tenn.
July 12-14, Andalucia, Spain
July 26-28, United Kingdom
Aug 16-18, Greenbriar, WVA
Individual Championship, TBA
Team Championship, TBA


 

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