Norman: We're Looking At Seven New Signings

Now that the LIV Golf season is done we can start the guessing games for the 2023 season which promises an expanded 14-tournament League, more prize money (shock), revised team names, maybe a new TV deal and the prospect of team captains who can build their own franchise.

But the real question is who's going to make the switch next? Needless to say Greg Norman wasn't playing things down.

"Basically we're looking for maybe seven players, something like that. There’s not too many spots left, I can tell you that. We’ve got a lot of happy campers who have signed one or two-year contracts and want to stay on for longer."

Would that be top 10 or top 20 players, came the reply?

"Yes. You said both. So I said yes."

So immediately we all start talking about the likes of Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele again though maybe we shouldn't take Norman's idea of the top 20 too literally.

More interestingly he added that the vast majority of this year's crop would back again in 2023 for the extended calendar.

"The percentage of players that will come back probably - doing quick math - 85 to 90% of the players, I would say. The players on the outside looking in to see what's happening with LIV today, these guys still talk to each other, right? The ones on LIV feel like they have been liberated. There are players on the PGA Tour that we're speaking to today that want to be liberated."

As for the Aussie's balanced opinion of how he thought the first year had gone, he added: “LIV has only just begun. It was one heck of a year. It was one heck of a beta season. It was one heck of a launch. And I don’t think there has ever been any new sports league that in its first year accomplished as much as what LIV Golf has accomplished.

“A lot of the broadcasters looking at us are very bullish about what we’re delivering,” he said. “When you look at the average audience that watches golf, the PGA Tour’s average [viewer] is like 65-and-a-half [years old]. We’ve got it down below 45 in basically eight events in one year.”