Greg Norman says LIV Golf circuit has ‘no interest’ in truce with rival PGA Tour

SUGAR GROVE, Ill. – As LIV Golf prepares to host its fifth tournament, taking place outside of Chicago this week, CEO and commissioner Greg Norman said the burgeoning circuit has no desire to agree on a truce with rival PGA Tour speak.

LIV Golf, funded by the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund, has been locked in a bitter battle with the PGA Tour for much of the year this year for the world’s best golfers. Norman said he’s tried in the past to speak to PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan about how the leagues can coexist, but Norman says he’s no longer interested.

“To be honest we have no interest in sitting down with them because our product works,” Norman said in an interview with The Australian this week.

Monahan was unwilling to sit down with LIV Golf, even after several previous major championship winners, including Cameron Smith, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka and Bubba Watson, signed signing bonuses reportedly worth up to $100 million on the new one Racetrack were lured to $ 200 million.

“That’s why we’re where we are today,” Norman said. “We tried really hard – I know I did personally over the past year. … When we knew we would never hear from them, we just decided to leave.”

More than two dozen PGA Tour members have defected to LIV Golf, including a handful who have resigned. Monahan has banned players who participated in LIV golf tournaments with no conflicting event release. Smith, the third-ranked golfer in the world and reigning Open Championship winner, was among the youngest players to leave the company.

A source told ESPN Thursday that Norman’s attempts to communicate with Monahan included a Feb. 24 letter and voicemail Norman left for Monahan just before LIV Golf announced its 2022 schedule.

In the letter, Norman accused Monahan of “going too far, being unfair” and likely violating labor laws by threatening players with lifetime bans and/or suspensions.

“Simply put, you can’t ban players from playing golf,” wrote Norman. “Players have the right and freedom to play where we please. I know for a fact that a lot of PGA players have been and are interested in playing for a new league alongside the Tour. What’s wrong with it?

“What’s wrong with allowing players to make their own decisions about where and how often they play? What’s so wrong with player choice? Why do you feel so threatened that you would resort to such a desperate, unwise, and unenforceable threat? ?”

On August 27, LIV Golf joined a handful of its players in their state antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour, alleging that the PGA Tour used its monopoly power to suppress competition and unfairly disqualified players from participating in LIV to suspend golf events.

Norman insisted to The Australian that LIV Golf’s plans should be an “addition” to the existing golf ecosystem from the start.

“It was always an add-on to all tours,” Norman said. “This imagination [that] We try to destroy tours is not true. The PGA Tour is trying to destroy us, it’s as simple as that.” Greg Norman says LIV Golf circuit has ‘no interest’ in truce with rival PGA Tour

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