Golf legend Greg Norman ‘disappointed’ the PGA Tour has suspended players who joined the LIV Golf Tour

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Golf legend Greg Norman told Brian Kilmead that he was “disappointed” that the PGA Tour suspended players for joining the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series. He called on players to “coexist in all the existing ecosystems within golf” in an exclusive interview Saturday on “One Nation.”

Greg Norman: I took a long time to study it, to study the working model that emerged. It was introduced to me in February of last year, and I didn’t make the decision until the end of August. I took my time, studied it. I wanted to break the paradigm to understand what the paradigm is. I couldn’t break it. I saw the value of what the product was really about, for the players, fan service, and growing the game on a global basis, which, by the way, is being a global player as a professional golfer. So I saw the value and what golf can bring around the world. And from there I said, yeah, this is a great platform and it’s a commercial operation. We are in it for a reason: to make golf and golf grow to a successful level and on behalf of the players, they are independent contractors. Give them a chance to be able to increase their wealth as per their choice. But at the same time, maybe our platform is a little better because it gives them more time with their families, like Charles Schwarzl with his wife and children. Their platform gives them this opportunity and it is a choice. It is not a rest tour. It is a choice. Players have the option to play with us and continue playing on the PGA Tour, DP World Tour, Japan Tour, or any other tour.

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Brian Clemed: This is a Saudi investment company. This is a wealth fund that probably has deep pockets as in the world. Saudis, did you hesitate to do business with them?

Norman: No, not at all, because golf is a force for good. And to be honest with you, what I’ve seen in Saudi Arabia, the European PGA Tour since 2019 has been a golf tournament, the Saudi international that has been around since 2019. And during that Saudi international, there was PGA Tour Players who have obtained rights and exemptions to go play there. To me, if golf is good for the world, golf is good for Saudi Arabia, and you see that growth internally – it’s very impressive. So, no, that didn’t happen. And when you look at the PIF and what they’ve done with other direct and indirect investments around the world, well, I imagine there are a lot of consumers and people watching the show who have been beneficiaries of those investments.

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