ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – The R&A announced on Saturday that it has declined to invite two-time Open Championship winner and CEO of LIV Golf, Greg Norman, to St Andrews next week to celebrate the event’s 150th anniversary.
These celebratory events include the Champions Dinner and the R&A Celebration of Champions competition.
Norman, who won The Open at Turnberry in 1986 and Royal St George’s in 1993, is one of 14 multiple winners in the post-war period since 1945.
“We can confirm that we have contacted Greg Norman to let him know that we have decided not to invite him to this occasion,” the R&A said in a statement. “The 150th Open is an extremely important milestone for the sport of golf and we want to ensure that the focus remains on celebrating the championship and its legacy. Unfortunately, we don’t think that would be the case if Greg were to participate.”
The R&A said it hoped Norman would be able to compete again in the future “if circumstances allow”.
Norman declined to comment through a spokesman for LIV Golf on Saturday.
Norman, 67, has poached several top PGA Tour and DP World Tour players for the new LIV Golf Invitational Series, funded by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.
Players who have jumped to LIV Golf include former major champions Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka and Sergio Garcia.
In May, the R&A denied Norman’s application for a special permit to compete in the 150th Open Championship. He last attended the event in 2008. The Open Championship allows exceptions for champions under the age of 60 or for those who have won in the past 10 years.
Defending champion Collin Morikawa, three-time Open winner Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are among the former champions set to attend the R&A Celebration of Champions. They compete over four holes on the famous Old Course on Monday.
https://www.espn.com/golf/story/_/id/34216222/liv-boss-greg-norman-not-invited-festivities-150th-open-championship LIV boss Greg Norman not invited to festivities for 150th Open Championship