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Greg Norman says Saudi-backed LIV Golf is making use of for world rating factors, calls PGA Tour hypocritical

BROOKLINE, Mass. — Greg Norman, the commissioner of the LIV Golf Sequence, has remained pretty quiet throughout U.S. Open week, however the two-time main winner was interviewed Saturday evening on Fox Information’ One Nation with Brian Kilmeade. Norman echoed many issues he’s mentioned prior to now but in addition introduced that the LIV Sequence is working to make it simpler for its gamers to qualify for main championships going ahead.

The USGA introduced that it could enable golfers who had certified to play at The Nation Membership, and who competed within the first LIV Sequence occasion in London, to play on this yr’s U.S. Open, however the USGA’s CEO, Mike Whan, mentioned on Wednesday that he might envision eventualities that might make it a lot more durable for LIV Sequence gamers to compete sooner or later. The most important problem is LIV Sequence occasions don’t award Official World Rating factors, however Norman is engaged on altering that.

“We’re really making use of for OWGR factors proper now. We’re really placing in our software most likely over the weekend, if not Monday,” he mentioned. “And it’s a really compelling software. We’ve labored very, very intently with the technical committee understanding all of the elements of what it is advisable to apply for it. And fairly truthfully, it’s going to be attention-grabbing as a result of on the board that votes on the OWGR factors for anyone new coming in, right here’s Jay Monahan. Now, it’ll be attention-grabbing to see if Jay Monahan recuses himself from that vote due to what he mentioned on tv with Jim Nantz the opposite day. So it’s very attention-grabbing and it’s unhappy to be, you already know, placing that extra exerting strain on it as a result of our tour is an effective tour. It’s supported, it’s acquired an unimaginable area. Our level must be that if we get the OWGR out factors, then every part else takes care of itself.”

Within the interview, Norman commented on Bob Costas’ current assertion that Norman and the LIV Sequence gamers had been taking ‘blood cash.’

“Look, I’m disenchanted individuals go down that path, fairly truthfully,” he mentioned. “In the event that they wish to take a look at it in prism, then why does the PGA Tour have 23 sponsors doing 40 plus billion {dollars} price of enterprise with Saudi Arabia? Why is it okay for the sponsors? Will Jay Monahan go to every a kind of CEOs of the 23 corporations which are investing into Saudi Arabia and droop them and ban them?  The hypocrisy in all this, it’s so loud. It’s deafening.”

Norman additionally identified that Saudi Arabia sponsors the Aramco Sequence, a profitable four-event set of ladies’s tournaments. Kilmeade famous that the Saudi Arabian Public Funding Fund (which is investing within the LIV Sequence) has additionally invested in Uber, Fb, Nintendo and Boeing.

“We’re not going anyplace, we wish to do what’s proper for the followers, for the gamers and for our business enterprise mannequin,” Norman mentioned. “We’re going to forge ahead. And there’s been numerous obstacles, Brian, no query about it. There’s been numerous obstacles the PGA Tour’s thrown in our path, however you already know what? We’ve labored round it as a result of golf is a pressure for good.”

Bryson DeChambeau, the 2020 U.S. Open champion, and Patrick Reed, the winner of the 2018 Masters Event, just lately introduced they’re planning to play LIV Sequence occasions, and rumors swirled at The Nation Membership this week about different gamers who may be selecting to play LIV Sequence occasions within the days and weeks forward.

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2022 U.S. Open

Phil Mickelson speaks in a press convention throughout a follow spherical of the U.S. Open golf match at The Nation Membership. (Picture: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports activities)

This week, Phil Mickelson was pressed by reporters about his involvement with the Saudi-backed tour and was requested what he needed to say to Terry Strada, the nationwide chairperson of 9/11 Households United, who despatched the six-time main winner a letter expressing disappointment in his involvement with the LIV Sequence,

“I’d say to the Strada household, I’d say to everybody that has misplaced family members, misplaced mates on 9/11 that I’ve deep, deep empathy for them,” Mickelson mentioned. “I can’t emphasize that sufficient. I’ve the deepest of sympathy and empathy for them.”

Norman says he has no regrets about teaming with Saudi Arabia

“In no way, as a result of golf is a pressure for good,” Norman mentioned. “The European PGA Tour, since 2009, had a golf match, the Saudi Worldwide that’s nonetheless in existence since 2019 and through that Saudi Worldwide, there have been PGA Tour gamers who got rights and waivers to go play there. So to me, if golf is nice for the world, golf is nice for Saudi, and also you’re seeing that development internally, it’s extraordinarily spectacular.”

The second LIV Sequence occasion is scheduled to run from June 30 by July 2 at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Membership outdoors Portland, Oregon.


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