Greg Norman fires back at LIV Golf critics: ‘Hypocrisy so loud it’s deafening’
Greg Norman has fired back at PGA-affiliated critics of LIV Golf, accusing them of having double standards and vowing that his rebel league is here to stay.
Greg Norman broke his silence to criticise the “deafening” “hypocrisy” of the PGA Tour.
Norman, the figurehead of the controversial Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf Series, spoke with Fox News’ “One Nation with Brian Kilmeade” as the week of the U.S. Open neared its finish.
He fired back at the many PGA-affiliated critics of LIV Golf, including commentator Bob Costas’ recent statement that Norman and the other golfers he has helped lure away (such as Phil Mickelson) are taking “blood money.”
“Look, I’m disappointed people go down that path, quite honestly,” Norman said, according to USA TODAY Sports. “If they want to look at it in prism, then why does the PGA Tour have 23 sponsors doing 40-plus billion dollars worth of business with Saudi Arabia? Why is it OK for the sponsors? Will [PGA Tour commissioner] Jay Monahan go to each and every one of those CEOs of the 23 companies that are investing into Saudi Arabia and suspend them and ban them? The hypocrisy in all this, it’s so loud. It’s deafening.”
LIV golfers are allowed to participate in major tournaments for now, but United States Golf Association CEO Mike Whan said earlier this week that it could become much more difficult in the future. The issue is that LIV golfers do not receive Official World Rankings points, but Norman — a past two-time winner of PGA majors — said he is working on a solution with the technical committee.
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“We’re not going anywhere; we want to do what’s right for the fans, for the players and for our commercial business model,” Norman said. “We are going to forge forward. And there’s been a lot of obstacles, no question about it. There’s been a lot of obstacles the PGA Tour’s thrown in our path, but you know what? We’ve worked around it because golf is a force for good.”
– NY Post