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Greg Norman: LIV Golf Investments CEO says golf series not a threat to PGA Tour and dismisses links to Saudi government | Golf News


The previous two-time main winner is the chief govt of LIV Golf Investments, which is able to stage its inaugural invitational match value a file $25m on the Centurion Membership close to St Albans between June Sept. 11

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Gregg Norman told Jamie Weir that LIV Golf Investments is independent and will not answer to the Saudi government or Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud.

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Gregg Norman informed Jamie Weir that LIV Golf Investments is unbiased and will not reply to the Saudi government or Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud.

Gregg Norman informed Jamie Weir that LIV Golf Investments is unbiased and will not reply to the Saudi government or Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud.

Greg Norman says his new Saudi-backed invitational golf series is not attempting to destroy the PGA Tour, hoping as an alternative that the brand new enterprise presents gamers extra selection and grows the sport.

Norman is the chief govt of LIV Golf Investments, which is able to stage its inaugural match value a file $25m on the Centurion Membership close to St Albans between June Sept. 11.

In an unique interview with Sky Sports activities News’ Jamie Weir, Norman additionally defended the supply of the $2bn monetary backing that comes from the Saudi’s Public Funding Fund, insisting “I do not reply to Saudi Arabia” amid accusations of ‘sports activities washing’ given the nation’s human rights file.

Golfers who’ve already sought permission to play the inaugural Centurion occasion embrace six-time main winner Phil Mickelson and English stars Lee Westwood and Richard Bland. Others rumoured to have an interest embrace Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter and Martin Kaymer, however Norman has refused to label the LIV Series a ‘breakaway’ tour.

Lee Westwood says many players have requested a release from the PGA Tour and DP World Tour to play in the new Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series.

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Lee Westwood says many gamers have requested a launch from the PGA Tour and DP World Tour to play within the new Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series.

Lee Westwood says many gamers have requested a launch from the PGA Tour and DP World Tour to play within the new Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series.

‘My purpose for 45 years has been to develop the sport of golf’

Norman would not verify any contributors however mentioned he was “very proud” on the variety of high golfers LIV has obtained to commit.

“The releases having been submitted, and we’re going to see what occurs with the European Tour and the PGA Tour, however I can inform you this although: 36 of the highest 150 gamers are enjoying, there’s 19 of the highest 100, and six of the highest 50 in that first occasion. Which is fairly spectacular.

Phil Mickelson (L), pictured here chatting to Greg Norman, is one of the likely participants in the new Saudi-backed series

Phil Mickelson (L), pictured right here chatting to Greg Norman, is among the possible contributors within the new Saudi-backed series

“And fairly spectacular as a result of there’s been a lot of white noise saying gamers would not even present up.

“I have been very proud that gamers have been making their selections as unbiased contractors, to make a resolution to go and play golf wherever they need to go and play golf.

“I am very pleased with the truth that we have given them this chance. Me as a participant, it has been my purpose for 45 years to develop the sport of golf for gamers and followers and stakeholders all over the world.”

Norman: I do not reply to Saudi Arabia

Norman mentioned that he understood individuals’s issues concerning the supply of the cash funding the tour and the human rights violations in Saudi Arabia, however added that the nation was making a “cultural change from inside” and that he particularly has no ties to the government.

“100 per cent [I understand],” Norman mentioned. “And it is reprehensible what occurred with [Jamal] Khashoggi. Personal up to it, discuss it.

Golf Channel's Eamon Lynch says Lee Westwood is complicit in sports-washing after requesting to be released from the PGA Tour to play in the first Saudi-backed golf event.

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Golf Channel’s Eamon Lynch says Lee Westwood is complicit in sports-washing after requesting to be launched from the PGA Tour to play within the first Saudi-backed golf occasion.

Golf Channel’s Eamon Lynch says Lee Westwood is complicit in sports-washing after requesting to be launched from the PGA Tour to play within the first Saudi-backed golf occasion.

“However in the event you return into Saudi Arabia, they’re making a cultural change from inside to change that. They do not need to have that stigma sitting over there.

“The era of youngsters that I see right this moment on the driving vary, they do not need that stigma happening into generations and their youngsters. They need to change that tradition and they’re altering it.

“And you know the way they’re doing it? Golf.”

Greg Norman insists he does not answer to the Saudi Arabia government in his role as CEO of LIV Golf Investments

Greg Norman insists he does not reply to the Saudi Arabia government in his position as CEO of LIV Golf Investments

Norman added: “I am not going to get into politics, I do not know what the Saudi government does. I do not need to get into that. Each nation has a cross to bear.

“They’re not my bosses. We’re unbiased. I do not reply to Saudi Arabia. I do not reply to their government or MBS [Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud].

“I reply to my board of administrators, and MBS is not on that. Easy as that. In order that narrative is unfaithful.”

‘We’re not attempting to destroy the PGA Tour’

The brand new LIV Golf Invitational Series contains plans for a 14-tournament international tremendous league inside two years’ time, however Norman was once more eager to stress that this might run alongside the PGA Tour.

“We’re not a breakaway,” Norman mentioned. “We’re additive to the golf eco-system.

“When the gamers perceive that, they get extra confidence within the voice that they’ve, and within the selection that they’ve.

After PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said the tour was about 'legacy and not leverage' after rumours of a Saudi-backed golf league, Jaime Diaz looks at what golf needs to keep the fans interested.

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After PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan mentioned the tour was about ‘legacy and not leverage’ after rumours of a Saudi-backed golf league, Jaime Diaz seems to be at what golf wants to hold the followers .

After PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan mentioned the tour was about ‘legacy and not leverage’ after rumours of a Saudi-backed golf league, Jaime Diaz seems to be at what golf wants to hold the followers .

He added: “Is not competitors a good factor? is not competitors the perfect factor for enterprise in sport? You do not have the perfect soccer workforce with out competitors.

“There hasn’t been competitors towards the PGA Tour for 53 years, so a monopolist goes to sit again and go: I’ve obtained to shield what I’ve obtained.

“What are they petrified of? We’re not demanding something out of the gamers. They will play one, two, 4 occasions, they’ll play no matter they need to play. It is their selection.

“Their dedication to the league when it will get to 2024 is as a result of they are going to personal a part of a franchise. They will have the option to go: Okay, I need to be traded for ‘X’. They are going to be creating worth inside that workforce. The worth right this moment that does not exist for any participant, wherever on the earth.

“It is up to them to make that call. Personally, I want I had this chance.

“We’re not attempting to destroy the Tour. 100 per cent not. I’ll battle to my dying on that one. I am nonetheless a lifetime member of the PGA Tour.”

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