January 22, 2023
Greg Norman, in response to feedback made by Tiger Woods saying he ought to step down as LIV Golf CEO, known as the 15-time main winner “a little bit of a mouthpiece for the PGA Tour.”
“Properly, I believe, yeah, unhappy for Tiger,” Norman mentioned this weekend on Fox Information’ One Nation with Brian Kilmeade, when requested by the host for a solution to Woods’ thought. “You realize, sadly he made a remark that he doesn’t know the information about, as a result of clearly I’m nonetheless right here. Clearly he doesn’t management what we do with LIV. So simply making these feedback I believe is a sign that he could be a little bit of a mouthpiece for the PGA Tour to attempt to get us to create, or get turmoil created internally inside LIV.
“However it’s not taking place. We’re totally entrenched. We all know the place we’re going. We all know what we’re doing.”
‘Greg has to go’: Tiger Woods says LIV wants management change
Norman’s response comes as his LIV Collection and the Tour proceed a close to year-long combat that has seen Saudi-backed LIV supply assured cash to Tour gamers, the Tour create modifications in response, the perimeters sue one another — and each Woods and Rory McIlroy supply a possible answer. On the DP World Tour Championship in November, McIlroy was first.
“So I believe there’s a couple of issues that must occur,” he mentioned. “So there’s clearly two lawsuits occurring on the minute — there’s PGA Tour versus LIV, and there’s this one which’s developing with the DP World Tour in February. Nothing will occur if these two issues are nonetheless occurring, particularly — yeah, you’re restricted in what you are able to do.
“After which I believe from no matter occurs with these two issues, there’s a couple of issues that I want to see on the LIV aspect that should occur. I believe Greg must go. I believe he simply must exit stage left. He’s made his mark, however I believe now’s the correct time to form of say, look, you’ve received this factor off the bottom, however nobody goes to speak except there’s an grownup within the room that may really attempt to mend fences.”
Woods then echoed the thought two weeks later.
“I see that there’s a possibility on the market if each organizations put a keep on their litigation,” Woods mentioned on the Hero World Problem, which he hosted. “However that’s the issue — they’ve received to place a keep on it. And whether or not or not they try this or not, there’s no willingness to barter if in case you have a litigation towards you.
“So in the event that they each have a keep after which have a break after which they’ll meet and determine one thing out, then perhaps there’s something available. However I believe Greg has to go, to begin with, after which clearly litigation towards us after which our countersuit towards them, these would then must be at a keep as effectively. So then we are able to discuss, we are able to all discuss freely.”
‘I pay zero consideration to McIlroy and Woods’: Greg Norman responds to critics
Notably, Norman had beforehand informed At present’s Golfer that he pays “zero consideration” to Woods and McIlroy, and that he has full help of his Saudi Arabian backers. A Norman response on the One Nation with Brian Kilmeade present — that Woods “made a remark that he doesn’t know the information about, as a result of clearly I’m nonetheless right here” — was deceptive, too; by suggesting Norman go away, Woods knew that Norman was with the group.
Additionally on the One Nation with Brian Kilmeade present, Norman was requested about LIV gamers’ “incentive to win.” LIV gamers, in fact, have signed guaranteed-money contracts, whereas the PGA Tour pays its gamers by efficiency.
“I might say many of the prime gamers on this planet have additionally gone someplace to get look cash, proper,” Norman mentioned. “You get look cash to play. You play for the prize cash while you get there. It’s an incentive for the gamers, as impartial contractors, to complement their earnings. It’s no completely different.
“We needed to create groups. We needed to create management. We needed to create 12 principal gamers. These 12 principal gamers introduced in three different gamers to create 48 gamers. We would have liked them to return on board. To get them to return on board, we’ve to pay them a dedication charge. And so they receives a commission an annual charge. No completely different than the NFL or every other league.”
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