Aussie LIV young gun wants more

Aussie LIV young gun wants more

Former Australian PGA winner Jed Morgan has called for the LIV Golf League to expand to 18 events next year as he battles to keep himself “sharp” on the current schedule.

Greg Norman’s Saudi-backed tour heads to Australia for the first time next week, with The Grange course in Adelaide to host the three-day, 54-hole tournament.

It’s only LIV’s fourth event in this year’s 14-tournament schedule.

While the lighter workload pleases some of the tour’s older players, for Morgan it’s not enough.

“I think a lot of the guys would like to see it grow to 18 events, but that’s from a young guy speaking. Others might like 14,” the 23-year-old Queenslander said.

“You probably need to play a few more events each year to keep yourself sharp.

“There’s obviously quite a bit of time off with the LIV stuff at the moment, which is a little bit frustrating.

“Part of being a good golfer is playing a few tournaments in a row, and getting some form that way.”

That’s why Morgan is pleased LIV’s Singapore event takes place the week after the tour’s Adelaide stop.

He also intends to play Asian Tour events this year to increase his activity and earn some world golf ranking points, which aren’t up for grabs in the LIV League.

“If they don’t change that in the future, and LIV does everything right (to be awarded points) the world ranking system’s broken,” said Morgan, currently ranked at 384 in the world.

“It’s actually already broken. It’s already pretty screwed up.”

Morgan is part of LIV’s all-Australian Team Ripper GC, which also includes captain Cam Smith, Marc Leishman and Matt Jones.

He said Adelaide would be the ideal place ­ – in front of sold-out crowds­ – for Ripper to win its first team event.

“We’re all Aussies so we get along like a house on fire,” Morgan said.

“The team couldn’t be stronger. We’ve just got to come together in the one week. Everyone in Australia wants us to win that here.”

If the LIV League does expand next year, Morgan wants at least one more event in Australia, and preferably Queensland.

“Aussie golf has been deprived of having a lot of the world’s best players coming down here for a long time,” he said.

“Everyone can’t stop talking about coming here. They’re talking about having one on the Gold Coast as well, but they’re also meeting with the Sydney Government.

“They’re might even be three – you never know.”

Such is the popularity of LIV’s Adelaide event ­ – which starts next Friday ­ – that fans have been able to buy tickets to the customary Prop-Am for the first time in the tour’s short history.

“The crowds are going to be ridiculous,” Morgan said in anticipation of lots of fun at Thursday’s Pro-Am, which is set to include the tournament’s 48 players.

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