Hall of Fame golfer Greg Norman announced on Saturday that he felt “disappointed” in the PGA Tour suspension of golfers after participating in this Gulf-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series.
In explaining his decision to be the leader in the league's creation, Norman said the PGA's “hypocrisy” was “deafening.”
“[G]olf is a force for good,” Norman described in Fox News Channel's “One Nation.” “And to be completely honest with you, from what I've witnessed at the moment in Saudi Arabia, the European PGA Tour from 2019 has one golf event known as the Saudi International, that's still running as of the year 2019. Also, during the Saudi International, there were PGA Tour players who were granted waivers and rights to play in the tournament. To me, if the game of golf is good for the planet, golf is also beneficial for Saudi’s, and seeing this growth within the country is truly impressive.”
He added, “And when you look at the PIF and what they've done with other direct and indirect investments around the world, well, I would imagine there's a lot of consumers out there and people watching this show who've been the benefactors of those investments.”
Norman was interviewed about the criticism his LIV tour has faced.
“[L]ook, I'm disappointed people go down that path, quite honestly,” the golfer said. “Look If they really want to see it through the lens of a prism, what is the reason why it matters that the PGA Tour has 23 sponsors with a combined value of 40 billion dollars in business Saudi Arabia? What is the reason it's okay for sponsors?”
“Will PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan go to each and every one of the executives of 23 firms who are investing in Saudi Arabia and suspend them and even ban them? The hypocrisy of this is so loud, it's deafening, Brian.”