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When: June 30-July 2, 2023
Where: Real Club Valderrama, Sotogrande, Cadiz, Spain
Competition: 54 holes of stroke play
Field: 48 players/12 teams
Purse: US$25 million ($20 million individual, $5 million team)
Winner’s Share: US$4 million (individual), $3 million (team)
Local tee time: Shotgun starts for Rds. 1-2 at 1:15 p.m. ET, Rd. 3 at 1:05 p.m.


  • LIV Golf makes its first appearance in Continental Europe at the world-renowned Real Club Valderrama in Spain
  • Valderrama hosted the 1997 Ryder Cup, as well as numerous elite professional events, and is considered the Augusta of Europe
  • Spanish star Sergio Garcia, the captain of Fireballs GC, was born in Borriol, Castellón, and has three professional wins at Valderrama and seven pro wins in his native country
  • The other two Spanish-born players on the LIV Golf League roster each turned pro in 2022 – 23-year-old Eugenio Chacarra (born in Madrid) and 21-year-old David Puig (born in La Garriga, Barcelona). Puig is the League’s youngest player.
  • Garcia’s Fireballs GC includes Chacarra and Mexican stars Abraham Ancer and Carlos Ortiz. The Fireballs are one of two Spanish-speaking teams along with Puig’s Torque GC captained by Chilean Joaquin Niemann.
  • The LIV Golf League comes off its highest-attended American event, LIV Golf DC
  • DC winner Harold Varner III is the sixth different individual champion in 2023, while Torque GC claimed its second team trophy of the season
  • 15 LIV Golf members who played in the recent U.S. Open will be in the 48-man field, including solo fourth finisher Cameron Smith


Sotogrande, Cádiz, Spain
Par: 71
Yardage: 7,010
Ranked among the top courses in the world and No. 1 in Europe, Real Club Valderrama has hosted numerous professional events, including the 1997 Ryder Cup – the first time the event had been held in Continental Europe
Valderrama was originally designed by famed golf architect Robert Trent Jones in 1974. Jones was brought back to work on the course when Jaime Ortiz-Patiño bought the course in the mid-1980s
Valderrama is widely considered to be the “Augusta of Europe” for its championship pedigree and immaculate maintenance
The golf club is one of two in Europe to be awarded the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program Certification for its commitment to conserving and restoring natural ecosystems
The course will have four par-4 holes under 400 yards; the longest par 3 is 225 yards, the longest par 4 is 490 yards and the longest par 5 is 564 yards
The 564-yard par-5 fourth, known as La Cascada, has a pond to the right of a two-tiered green
The memorable 536-yard par-5 17th provides a natural amphitheatre for fans and offers players a challenging green guarded by water in the front left and bunkers in the back
German star Bernhard Langer owns the course record at 9-under 62 shot in 1994
Green types: Bermuda Tifway 419 on fairways and rough; T1 Creeping Bentgrass on greens.


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