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Greg Norman Says Saudi-Backed LIV Golf Is Asking For World Ranking Points, Calls PGA Tour Hypocritical

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BROOKLINE, Mass. — LIV Golf Series commissioner Greg Norman has been fairly quiet during US Open week, but the two-time major winner was interviewed Saturday night on Fox News. One Nation with Brian kilmeade. Norman echoed many things he’s said in the past, but also announced that the LIV Series is working to make it easier for its players to qualify for major championships in the future.

The USGA announced it would allow golfers who had qualified to play at The Country Club and competed in the first LIV Series event in London to play at this year’s US Open, but USGA CEO Mike Whan , said Wednesday that he could imagine scenarios that would make it much more difficult for LIV Series players to compete in the future. The biggest challenge is that LIV series events do not award points towards the official world ranking, but Norman is working to change that.

“We’re actually applying for OWGR points right now. In fact, we are filing our application probably over the weekend, if not Monday,” he said. “And it’s a very compelling app. We have worked very, very closely with the technical committee understanding all the components of what you need to apply. And honestly, it’s going to be interesting because on the board that votes on OWGR points for any new people coming in, here’s Jay Monahan. Now, it will be interesting to see if Jay Monahan recuses himself from that vote because of what he said on TV with Jim Nantz the other day. So it’s very interesting and it’s sad to be, you know, putting that extra pressure on because our tour is a good tour. It is compatible, it has an incredible field. Our point should be that if we get the OWGR points out, then everything else takes care of itself.”

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In the interview, Norman commented on Bob Costas’ recent statement that Norman and the LIV Series players were receiving “blood money.”

“Look, I’m disappointed that people are going down that path, honestly,” he said. “If you want to see it in prism, then why does the PGA Tour have 23 sponsors doing more than $40 billion worth of business with Saudi Arabia? Why is it okay for sponsors? Will Jay Monahan go to each and every one of those CEOs of the 23 companies that are investing in Saudi Arabia and suspend and ban them? The hypocrisy in all this is so strong. It’s deafening.

Norman also pointed out that Saudi Arabia sponsors the Aramco Series, a lucrative set of four women’s tournament events. Kilmeade noted that the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (which is investing in the LIV Series) has also invested in Uber, Facebook, Nintendo, and Boeing.

“We’re not going anywhere, we want to do what’s right for fans, players and our commercial business model,” Norman said. “We will move forward. And there have been many obstacles, Brian, no doubt about it. There have been many obstacles that the PGA Tour has put in our way, but you know what? We’ve fixed it because golf is a force for good.”

Bryson DeChambeau, the 2020 US Open champion, and Patrick Reed, the 2018 Masters Tournament winner, recently announced they plan to play LIV Series events, and rumors swirled at The Country Club this week about other players who they could choose to play. LIV Series events in the coming days and weeks.

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Phil Mickelson speaks at a news conference during a practice round of the US Open golf tournament at The Country Club. (Photo: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports)

This week, reporters pressed Phil Mickelson about his participation in the Saudi-backed tour and asked what he had to say to Terry Strada, the national president of 9/11 Families United, who sent a letter to the six-time top winner. . expressing his disappointment at his participation in Series LIV,

“I would say to the Strada family, I would say to everyone who lost loved ones, friends lost on 9/11, that I have deep, deep empathy for them,” Mickelson said. “I can’t stress that enough. I have the deepest sympathy and empathy for them.”

Norman says he has no regrets about teaming up with Saudi Arabia

“Not at all, because golf is a force for good,” Norman said. “The European PGA Tour, since 2009, had a golf tournament, the Saudi International which still exists since 2019 and during that Saudi International, there were PGA Tour players who were given rights and exemptions to play there. So to me, if golf is good for the world, golf is good for Saudi Arabia, and you’re seeing that growth internally, it’s extremely impressive.”

The second LIV Series event is scheduled to take place June 30-July 2 at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club outside of Portland, Oregon.

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