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Golf writer compares Greg Norman to Al Capone after being kicked out of a press conference

Golf writer compares Greg Norman to Al Capone as Aussie lurks in the background of video as reporter is kicked out of press conference for asking tough questions about rebel golf tour in Saudi Arabia

  • Greg Norman has been caught lying to respected golf writer Alan Shipnuck
  • Pair shared a text message after Shipnuck collided with London security
  • Norman texted ‘thanks for letting me know’ – a photo proved he was on site
  • Norman, 67, is the CEO of the Saudi-backed LIV tour, which is going on a PGA tour

Australian sports great Greg Norman has been compared to feared American mobster Al Capone by a writer who was fired from a press conference after asking tough questions about the Saudi-backed LIV golf tour.

In an extraordinary vision that has gone viral online, respected American writer Alan Shipnuck tweeted an image of Norman lurking in the background as security forcibly removed him from the scene of London’s Centurion Golf Club.

Shipnuck, who has been playing golf worldwide for 25 years, later tweeted about his heavy-handed experience.

“Well, some neckless security guards just physically removed me from Phil Mickelson’s press conference because they said they were acting on orders from their boss, whom they wouldn’t name. (Greg Norman? MBS? Al Capone?),’ he wrote on Twitter.

‘MBS’ refers to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, who is accused of ordering the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Greg Norman is the CEO of the controversial LIV golf tour, which is backed by Saudi Arabia and competes directly with the PGA tour

Greg Norman is the CEO of the controversial LIV golf tour, which is backed by Saudi Arabia and competes directly with the PGA tour

He then shared a text message to his more than 80,000 followers with Norman, the CEO of the LIV tour, who boldly pretended not to know about Shipnuck’s treatment.

The two-time winner of the British Open was soon unmasked thanks to photographic evidence on the spot.

“You can’t make this sh*t!” Shipnuck later tweeted.

“I texted Greg Norman before someone sent me this video — I had no idea he was lurking behind me.”

When Shipnuck sent Norman proof that he knew full well that he had been removed from the media, the man affectionately known as the “Great White Shark” did not answer.

The incident is just the latest clash in what was already a controversial start for the new Saudi-backed golf company.

Norman (pictured left) was left red after pretending not to know that Shipnuck had been removed from the London scene by security - but a photo sent to the writer (above) shows otherwise

Norman (pictured left) was left red after pretending not to know that Shipnuck had been removed from the London scene by security – but a photo sent to the writer (above) shows otherwise

Norman managed to convince Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson to switch to the LIV tour by offering staggering sums

Norman managed to convince Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson to switch to the LIV tour by offering staggering sums

Within 30 minutes of the first golfers tee off at the Centurion Club on Thursday, the PGA Tour announced that Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and 15 other PGA Tour members who played in the St Albans event had been suspended.

Banned players include big winners Johnson, Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel.

In response, LIV Golf said the ban was “vengeful and widened the rift between the Tour and its members.”

Mickelson – reportedly to be paid $200 million for defecting to the villain tour – finished the first round of LIV’s opening event in a tie for seventh alongside Johnson and Sam Horsfield at 1-under par.

South African Schwartzel is the outright leader, leading the field with 5-under par.

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