Greg Norman: Why does LIV Golf have so many sponsorship deals with Saudi Arabia?

There is still noise about LIV Golf and the players who will be playing in the tournament. The whole public is critical of them, and Greg Norman is quite furious at the arguments from the people. He is also angry at the PGA Tour for banning players from competing in LIV Golf.

“I’m disappointed people go down that [blood money] path, quite honestly,” Norman said for foxnews. “Look, if they want to look at it in prism, then why does the PGA Tour have 23 sponsors doing 40-plus billion dollars’ worth of business with Saudi Arabia?

“Why is it okay for the sponsors? Why is it okay that there’s a Saudi sponsor, Aramco, the largest sponsor of women’s golf in the world? Why is it okay for them? Why is it not okay for these players? Will Jay Monahan go to each and every one of those CEOs of the 23 companies that are investing into Saudi Arabia and suspend them and ban them?

“The hypocrisy in all this, it’s so loud. It’s deafening. And really, we’re not going anywhere, we want to do what’s right for the fans, for the players, and for our commercial business model.

“We are going to forge forward. And there’s been a lot of obstacles, no question about it. There’s been a lot of obstacles that the PGA Tour’s thrown in our path. But you know what? We’ve worked around it because golf is a force for good.”

OWGR status

Norman and LIV Golf leaders aim to gain Official Golf World Rankings (OWGR) status. However, if that doesn’t happen, he won’t be particularly angry.

“No, it would not destroy it,” Norman said. “It’s a very compelling application, we’ve worked very closely with the technical committee understanding all the components of what you need to do to apply for it.

“It’s going to be interesting, because on the board that votes on the OWGR points is Jay Monahan. It will be interesting to see how Monahan recuses himself from that vote because of what he said on television with Jim Nantz the other day.

“It’s really sad to be putting that additional exerting pressure on it because our Tour is a good tour, the support is getting an incredible field. If we get the OWGR points everything else takes care of itself.”