The Saudi-backed insurgent golf sequence rolls out the crimson carpet for its gamers subsequent week, with all bills paid luxurious awaiting opponents and even caddies.
Lavish events and perks – detailed in a brochure proven to the gamers and seen by Telegraph Sport – outlines what Greg Norman describes a “first-class experience” to raised the PGA and European excursions.
As effectively as a complete prize pot of $25million for the launch occasion, Dustin Johnson, who was handed $150million simply to enroll, and the opposite 47 gamers will probably be bathed in splendour at a five-star Hertfordshire lodge and spa. Flights and automobiles are additionally being placed on for a hospitality-packed six day keep for the gamers and their caddies, who will probably be hosted at a separate lodge.
The brochure additionally consists of new particulars for the crimson carpet “draft party” on Tuesday after Alexandra Palace pulled out of staging the glitzy occasion a fortnight in the past.
It will now take at place at RD Studios, a not too long ago transformed £20million movie facility in West London. “DJ to the stars” Fat Tony, who has beforehand been employed by George Michael, Andy Warhol and Madonna, will headline.
Players and caddies are invited to carry friends to the occasion, which can function “cocktails, refreshments and heavy hors d’oeuvres”, the brochure says. Cuisine on the course, in the meantime, is overseen by Michelin-starred restauranteur Jason Atherton.
Free flights and prime lodging for all opponents within the area if a rarity in golf. One insider stated organisers have been successfully giving each participant “the Tiger Woods treatment” subsequent week.
In the programme agenda, Norman, chief government of LIV Golf, writes: “We have been working hard to deliver a one-of-a-kind event for players and fans, with a focus on delivering a first-class experience for you and your guests.”
The Centurion Club, the place the golf takes place, has additionally lined up huge price range night leisure. Spectators should stump up £67.55 at the least for floor passes, however after motion music acts are stated to incorporate James Morrison and Craig David.
As Telegraph Sport revealed on Wednesday, Johnson, the previous world No 1, was paid £119million by Norman amid the match’s desperation to safe a stellar title on the eleventh hour. Three months after declaring he was “fully committed” to the PGA, the 37-year-old shocked gold by being included in a 42-man area venue outdoors London.
The prime 5 in an Asian Tour International Series occasion at Slaley Hall Hotel, Spa and Golf resort this weekend can even qualify. There can even be a sixth title added, with hypothesis mounting that Phil Mickelson might but be included.
Further LIV occasions will happen in Portland and New Jersey in July, Boston and Chicago in September, and Bangkok and Jeddah the next month.
However, amid Saudi sports-washing considerations raised by human rights campaigners, the primary occasion close to London has introduced quite a lot of logistical obstacles in current months.
Norman’s beforehand controversial feedback concerning the Jamal Khashoggi homicide performed havoc, prompting Alexandra Palace to again out of draft social gathering commitments. LIV additionally misplaced Sean Bratches, its chief operational officer, amid the fallout after Norman stated “we’ve all made mistakes” at a press convention when requested in regards to the State-approve homicide of dissident journalist.
Johnson is by a way the most important drawcard forward of the inaugural match. He was beforehand billed to play within the RBC Canadian Open subsequent week, and had even appeared on promotional posters as a part of an ambassadorial endorsement take care of the Canadian financial institution. Both RBC and the match expressed open dismay at his resolution and are anticipated to tear up offers with him. Englishmen Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Richard Bland plus Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland are additionally within the 12-team area for the three-day occasion.