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Greg Norman: LIV Golf CEO calls PGA Tour ‘anti-competitive’ after player requests for Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational series denied | Golf News

Greg Norman: LIV Golf CEO calls PGA Tour ‘anti-competitive’ after player requests for Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational series denied | Golf News

Greg Norman, CEO and Commissioner of LIV Golf, calls the PGA Tour ‘anti-competitive’ after rejecting players’ requests to take part in the first Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series event in London next month; PGA Tour says decision is in ‘best interests of the Tour and its players’

Last update: 05/11/22 08:06


Greg Norman (right) says the LIV Golf Invitational Series will ‘not be stopped’ after the PGA Tour turned down player requests

Greg Norman has called the PGA Tour “anti-competitive” after refusing players entry to the first Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series event in London next month.

The PGA Tour on Tuesday rejected players’ requests to play the first Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series event, saying the decision is in the “best interests of the Tour and the players.”

The new series, which offers the promise of oversized prize money, is set to begin on June 9 and would clash with the RBC Canadian Open.

Gregg Norman told Jamie Weir that LIV Golf Investments is independent and will not respond to the Saudi government or Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud

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Gregg Norman told Jamie Weir that LIV Golf Investments is independent and will not respond to the Saudi government or Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud

Gregg Norman told Jamie Weir that LIV Golf Investments is independent and will not respond to the Saudi government or Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud

Norman, CEO and Commissioner of LIV Golf, called the move “anti-golf,” after announcing on Tuesday that the event had secured $2 billion in additional funding ahead of its first tournament and adding that several players from top level had declared that they would play without release.

“Unfortunately, the PGA Tour appears intent on denying professional golfers their right to play golf unless it’s exclusively in a PGA Tour tournament,” Norman said.

“This is particularly disappointing in light of the non-profit status of the Tour, where its mission is allegedly ‘to further the common interests of professional tournament golfers’.

“Instead, the Tour intends to perpetuate its illegal monopoly on what should be a free and open market.

“Tour action is anti-golfer, anti-fan and anti-competitive. But no matter what obstacles the PGA Tour puts in our way, we will not be stopped. We will continue to provide players with options that promote the great game of golf on a global scale.”

Speaking last week, Lee Westwood said many players have requested release from the PGA Tour and DP World Tour to play in the new Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational series.

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Speaking last week, Lee Westwood said many players have requested release from the PGA Tour and DP World Tour to play in the new Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational series.

Speaking last week, Lee Westwood said many players have requested release from the PGA Tour and DP World Tour to play in the new Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational series.

The PGA Tour has denied conflicting event releases for members who sought to play in the LIV Golf Invitational series-opening event, with Tour members being notified of the decision via a memo from Tyler Dennis, vice -Executive Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of the PGA Tour.

“We have notified those who applied that their application has been declined in accordance with PGA Tour tournament rules,” the memo reads.

“As such, Tour members are not permitted to participate in the Saudi Golf League London event under our regulations.

“As a membership organization, we believe this decision is in the best interests of the Tour and its players.”

Golf Channel's Eamon Lynch says Lee Westwood was complicit in sports washing after he asked to be released from the PGA Tour to play in the first Saudi-backed golf event.

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Golf Channel’s Eamon Lynch says Lee Westwood was complicit in sports washing after he asked to be released from the PGA Tour to play in the first Saudi-backed golf event.

Golf Channel’s Eamon Lynch says Lee Westwood was complicit in sports washing after he asked to be released from the PGA Tour to play in the first Saudi-backed golf event.

Rory McIlroy will be at the Canadian Open to defend his 2019 win, with world No. 1 and FedExCup leader Scottie Scheffler also committing to play in Canada.

Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood were among the players who requested a release before the PGA Tour decided to bar their top talent from competing in the rival league.

If players choose to play it anyway, they could face disciplinary action from the PGA Tour.

Mickelson, a six-time major champion, announced in February that he was taking time off from golf after a firestorm erupted over comments he made about the Saudi government, which funded the new league golf.

Mickelson later apologized to LIV for his “reckless” remarks, which criticized the Saudi government’s human rights record, saying he saw LIV as an opportunity to “reshape the way the PGA works.” Round”.

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