LIV Golf chief Greg Norman slams PGA Tour’s ‘DEAFENING’ hypocrisy for banning rebel players
LIV Golf chief Greg Norman denounces PGA Tour’s ‘PURCHASE’ hypocrisy for banning players who joined Saudi Arabia-backed rebel league and reaffirms it’s ‘a force for good’ and ‘going somewhere’
- LIV Golf has been convicted of human rights violations by the Saudi regime
- Greg Norman and Phil Mickelson are part of the breakout tour
- The PGA Tour banned all Rebel players with immediate effect earlier this month
- Norman hits back at critics who have described LIV’s wallets as ‘blood money’
- LIV chief claims PGA Tour has sponsors with ties to Saudi Arabia
LIV Golf chief Greg Norman has criticized the Saudi-backed series and has criticized the PGA Tour for its ‘deafening’ hypocrisy.
Norman, along with other former big winners such as Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson, are among those who have joined the breakout tour and have been widely condemned for the Saudi regime’s human rights abuses.
The PGA Tour banned Rebel players effective immediately after they started at the inaugural LIV event at Centurion Golf Club earlier this month.
LIV Golf chief Greg Norman has hit back at critics of the Saudi-backed breakout series
Meanwhile, famed American sports channel Bob Costas described the huge checks offered to players — the first seven events have $20 million purses — as “blood money.”
Former world No. 1 Norman, 67, has remained largely silent amid the criticism but decided to speak out as the US Open drew to a close on Sunday.
‘I’m disappointed that people are going to do that’ [blood money] toad, frankly,” Norman . told Fox news†
“Look, if they want to look at it in prism, why does the PGA Tour have 23 sponsors doing more than $40 billion in business with Saudi Arabia?
The 67-year-old pictured with inaugural LIV Golf Invitational winner Charl Schwartzel
Norman has criticized PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan (above) for ‘deafening’ hypocrisy
‘Why is it okay for the sponsors? Why is it okay to have a Saudi sponsor, Aramco, the largest sponsor of women’s golf in the world? Why is it okay for them? Why is it not okay for these players?
‘Shall [PGA Tour commissioner] Jay Monahan go to all those CEOs of the 23 companies that invest in Saudi Arabia and suspend and ban them?
“The hypocrisy in all this, it’s so loud. It’s deafening.’
Former big winners Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed will make their LIV debut at the second event in Portland in July, while more PGA Tour stars are expected to defect.
Bryson DeChambeau is expected to make his LIV debut at the second Portland event in July
Norman defended the breakaway series, stressing that it is here to stay and confirming that the process to apply for Official Golf World Rankings (OWGR) status is underway.
“We’re not going anywhere, we want to do what’s right for the fans, for the players and for our commercial business model,” he said.
‘We’re moving forward. And there have been many obstacles, no doubt about it. There have been many obstacles that the PGA Tour has thrown our way. But you know what? We’ve worked around it, because golf is a force for good.”