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One of Australia's most prestigious golf courses REFUSES to host Greg Norman's rebel LIV series

One of Australia’s most prestigious golf courses REFUSES to host an event for Greg Norman’s LIV series – as Cam Smith is called to play in Down Under’s ‘answer to the Masters’

  • The Royal Sydney Golf Club has turned down the chance to keep LIV equal
  • Norman wants to secure a location for LIV’s maiden tour down under in April 2023
  • Cameron Smith named to play in tournament called ‘Australia’s Masters’

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The Royal Sydney Golf Club has declined to play ball with the LIV golf series as Greg Norman’s Rebel tour seeks a venue for its first event in Australia.

The ‘Shark’ has plans to embark on its Saudi-backed world tour in 2023, with Australia on the calendar in April, spurred by the recent signings of stars Cameron Smith and Marc Leishmann.

However, the picturesque Royal Course – one of the most prestigious in the country – informed Norman that it is not interesting to host the event, according to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald.

The club has a $30,000 entry fee and has hosted many famous Australian Open tournaments – most recently Jordan Spieth won in the play-off against then-rising star Smith in 2016.

The Royal Sydney Golf Course overlooking Sydney Harbor has turned down an offer from LIV chief Greg Norman to host an event in 2023

The Royal Sydney Golf Course overlooking Sydney Harbor has turned down an offer from LIV chief Greg Norman to host an event in 2023

Greg Norman lifts the Australian Open trophy after his 1996 win at the Australian Golf Course in Sydney

Greg Norman lifts the Australian Open trophy after his 1996 win at the Australian Golf Course in Sydney

Greg Norman lifts the Australian Open trophy after his 1996 win at the Australian Golf Course in Sydney

The Gold Coast’s Sanctuary Cove is now considered the frontrunner to host the tournament in April.

Meanwhile, Smith is scheduled for a new Australian tournament inspired by the Masters at Augusta National.

The Cathedral Lodge and Golf Club in Thornton, 125 km northeast of Melbourne, will host the inaugural invitation on December 5 and 6.

Cathedral Golf Club and Lodge is located 125 kilometers northeast of Melbourne, on 300 acres of private farmland

Cathedral Golf Club and Lodge is located 125 kilometers northeast of Melbourne, on 300 acres of private farmland

Cathedral Golf Club and Lodge is located 125 kilometers northeast of Melbourne, on 300 acres of private farmland

The 36-hole Cathedral Invitational will kick off two days after the Australian Open, hoping to lure other big names to make Victoria the golfing capital of the country.

Tournament president David Evans said the new event will be the Masters of Australia.

“The announcement of The Cathedral Invitational is the next step in our journey to become one of the world’s largest member and event destinations,” he said.

“This year is just the beginning… It is an incredibly exciting time in Australian golf right now, with the success of our female and male players on the global stage and the ever-changing structure of the world golf calendar.”

Tickets to the tournament go on sale in October, with at least 40 pros to participate.

Australia’s last major golf event was the 2019 Presidents Cup in Royal Melbourne.

The Cathedral course is ranked 14th in Australia, set in over 300 acres on a private family farm.

Smith will be the firm favorite after winning the British Open and Players Championship this year in a gold run that helped him land his massive $140 million contract with LIV.

Cam Smith holds up the Claret Jug and celebrates his 2022 Open win at the famous St Andrews course

Cam Smith holds up the Claret Jug and celebrates his 2022 Open win at the famous St Andrews course

Cam Smith holds up the Claret Jug and celebrates his 2022 Open win at the famous St Andrews course

Norman won five Australian Open titles, but never managed to grab the top gong while playing at Royal Sydney.

He was crowned champion twice in Sydney, at the Lakes Golf Club and the Australian Golf Club.

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