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These 4 big names are reportedly set to be unveiled as Saudi League players

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There has been a major development in regards to the Saudi Golf League, according to a report in The Telegraph.

Per the report, Greg Norman, the league’s CEO, is set to announce some of the names that will be joining the controversial Saudi-backed league.

“We’ve respected the Masters and let it go off, but now our journey is finally coming to fruition —for the players, not for me,” Norman told the newspaper. “Their rightful place to have what they want. That’s why they are still very, very, very interested. We have players signed, contrary to the white noise you’re hearing out there.”

Norman alluded to the fact that it’s been widely reported that none of the game’s big stars have any interest in straying from the PGA Tour, but claims that isn’t the case.

“The interest level we’ve had… well, I had a player who’s won a couple of major championships sitting in my very office here 48 hours ago.”

Among the players expected to join are two-time Masters champ Bubba Watson, along with European Ryder Cup stars Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter and well as five-time tour winner Kevin Na.

There are expected to be more announcements of golfers joining the $225 million golf league in the coming weeks.

According to the report from The Telegraph, the Saudi league was prepared two months ago to reveal a list of players set to join that included Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson before Mickelson’s comments to Alan Shipnuck created major backlash.

Norman admitted that the fallout from the Mickelson comments that caused a handful of PGA Tour stars to publicly speak out against the Saudi League was a major blow.

“It was a kick in the teeth, there’s no question about it,” Norman told The Telegraph.

Norman also expects more players to join after seeing how much money is up for grabs and how little competition there may be to claim it.

“Quite honestly, it doesn’t matter who plays, we’re going to put the event on,” he said. “There’s a $4 million first prize. I hope a kid who’s 350th in the world wins. It’ll change his life, his family’s life. And then a few of our events will go by and the top players will see someone winning $6 million, $8 million, and say ‘enough is enough, I know I can beat these guys week in week out with my hands tied behind my back’.”

The first the eight-event tour is currently set to begin in two months at the Centurion Club in St. Albans with multiple U.S. stops as well, including at Trump Bedminster in New Jersey.

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  1. Bob

    May 12, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    Good for Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancée to speak out against the LIV Bonesaw Tour.

    This was NOT a mistake Greg. Making an example out of a journalist as a warning to other journalists is NOT a mistake. It is terrorism. Saudi Arabia was the country “officially” most directly connected to 911. What a coincidence.

    Satan is rubbing his hands staring at you, Greg.

  2. Truth Teller

    May 2, 2022 at 5:07 pm

    We have dropped Nuclear Bombs on a country. LOL When Obama was president he dropped 100,000 bombs on the middle east killing thousands upon thousands of innocents. Same thing with GW. Bush. But you think the Saudi’so are horrific for keeping their women in line and throwing the odd gay off a building. It’s nothing compared to what we have done.

  3. PJ

    Apr 26, 2022 at 8:27 am

    It’s funny to read all the comments and fake outrage about Saudi human rights when not a word is said about China who is #1 in the world when it comes to human rights abuses. If you are against Saudi for their human rights abuses I can only assume you don’t use Apple phones or wear Nike products, all of which are made in China. I’m not condoning what the Saudis do but China is worse yet no one says a word. Tiger wears Nike gear along with many other tour players. Has anyone said a word about that? Of course not because you are hypocrites. The new league will thrive because professional athletes compete for money. Love makes the world go round but money greases the wheel. That’s just how it goes.

  4. Dennis

    Apr 21, 2022 at 3:56 am

    The Saudis don‘t share our values, don‘t share our way of life. Why do they want to take part of it in sports?

  5. jgpl001

    Apr 21, 2022 at 3:55 am

    4 Big Names????
    OMG, you mean 4 washed up tour players who now struggle every week?
    I wouldn’t look a them if they were in my garden
    This utter nonsense will fail spectacularly

    • Fan

      Apr 30, 2022 at 12:12 pm

      It will succeed and be good for all golfers. Touring professionals will thank Greg Norman later.

  6. GMatt

    Apr 15, 2022 at 12:01 pm

    Free Market… If that’s where they want to play so be it. If you want to watch then watch, if not then turn the channel and watch something else. Just be cognizant of the REAL WORLD…Money Talks…..

    • Don

      Apr 20, 2022 at 2:50 pm

      It certainly is a free market. It is a shame that some people, who have ethical issues, would support the Saudi’s who are known as murders and human rights violators. Anything for the almighty dollar!

  7. Jon Schenkel

    Apr 15, 2022 at 11:49 am

    Hope Saudi collapses ! Does anybody care about human rights ? They obviously don’t ! . Good Luck ! ?

    • will

      Apr 16, 2022 at 8:10 pm

      It always makes me laugh to see someone in the west make comments about human rights..

      • Joe

        Apr 19, 2022 at 3:59 pm

        Because you are clueless?

      • JB

        Apr 20, 2022 at 1:03 pm

        Compared to Saudi Arabia and the middle East? Yes, we have a much better record on human rights.

        • Ryan

          Apr 25, 2022 at 3:48 pm

          We indiscriminately drop bombs on civilians around the
          world—including US citizens. We have torture sites around the world as well. Read a history book.

  8. Michael

    Apr 15, 2022 at 11:39 am

    It figures Trumpwhore is hosting an event in America.

    I wonder who will broadcast it. You know it won’t be CBS, NBC, ABC or ESPN. Fox most likely despite their previous full blown failure.

  9. Randall Flagg

    Apr 15, 2022 at 10:22 am

    I want names on the back of polos. “He Hate Me” is perfect for Phil.

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  11. Birdies

    Apr 14, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    Bring on the new.

  12. Fiat Currency is Fake

    Apr 14, 2022 at 5:43 pm

    Saudis looking for bagholders for Federal Reserve Notes before they go poof.

    • Gerry T

      Apr 15, 2022 at 10:57 am

      Hmmmm…and your point is…your commeentyy appears to bee going poof!

  13. gurn

    Apr 14, 2022 at 4:35 pm

    This would be a great fit for Sabbatini and Angry Davis Love. Both get little joy from golf.

  14. JT Dare

    Apr 14, 2022 at 9:01 am

    After what the Saudis did to Kashoggi, no credible journalist should cover a shot of this so-called league.

    • Happy Gilmore

      Apr 14, 2022 at 9:57 pm

      Journalism is dead.

      • Jack Nash

        Apr 15, 2022 at 10:55 am

        Remember libia? What happened then, which enabled eyesis.

        • Michael

          Apr 15, 2022 at 11:41 am

          Dude, your ability to communicate in English is in serious need of help.

    • Gerry T

      Apr 15, 2022 at 10:56 am

      Our own PM Turdeau has been kissing Saudi arse, but this league’s survival won’t be based on your judgements.

  15. Holden Tudiks

    Apr 13, 2022 at 11:00 pm

    February…. didn’t care. March…. continued to not care. April…. still don’t give a ^%$#

  16. Bob

    Apr 13, 2022 at 10:41 pm

    Saudis just trying to get rid of their Petrodollars onto a few bagholder golfers before they become worthless.

    LOL.

  17. Travis Bickle

    Apr 13, 2022 at 10:08 pm

    Who knows!?!? Ever heard of the WWF/WCW Monday Night war of the mid to late 90s? Well there might be a Sunday Night war for the PGA Tour/Saudi league.

  18. RH Hernandez

    Apr 13, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    Maybe Rickie Fowler could make a cut over there…

  19. Tom Kay

    Apr 13, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    Big fish in small pond playing for huge prize pool.

  20. David Hood

    Apr 13, 2022 at 5:16 pm

    It will be interesting to watch. I will be tuning in and as Norman says eventually it will gain traction. Money talks

    • geohogan

      Apr 14, 2022 at 7:55 pm

      No one will watch and Norman will fail again.

      • Wise Grasshopper

        Apr 30, 2022 at 12:15 pm

        Patience little grasshopper….. things take time. This will succeed.

    • Gerry T

      Apr 15, 2022 at 11:00 am

      I believe so too! Tim Finchem was too self-righteous to let this happen! Jealousy will get the PGA tour nowhere!

  21. More Golf Please

    Apr 13, 2022 at 4:52 pm

    These players are independent contractors and the PGA Tour, DP World Tour, R&A, and USGA, don’t have a monopoly on golf.

    If these players want to play the Asian Tour events, because at the end of the day that’s what they are, so be it. It doesn’t affect me one bit and it gives me more golf to watch.

    I didn’t see many complaints when Harold Varner won the “Saudi” event, so…..

    I’m all for these players to make all the money they can.

    If anyone can give me a reason why the tour and this league can coexist, I’m all ears.

    • Gerry T

      Apr 15, 2022 at 11:05 am

      Well said! I work for contracts as a security guard. No offers in recent months opened the door for me to return to golf course employment. Snooze, you lose.

  22. Whit Baker

    Apr 13, 2022 at 4:05 pm

    SCUM

  23. Ruth Anne Phillips

    Apr 13, 2022 at 3:36 pm

    Let’s hope the Saudis decide not to start hacking up golfers.

    If there’s a women’s league, I’m guessing they won’t be able to drive the golf carts and the skirts will be long enough as to not show ankles.

    But hey, maybe Jared Kushner can use some of 2 billion dollar Saudi investment to get Ivanka a gig as a female entrepreneur. They already gave her 100 million. Whatever happened to that?

    Seriously, I’m Pretty sure these guys are safe from reproach – we were able to overlook that most of the 911 highjackers came from and were funded by Saudi Arabia – so I’m pretty sure we can handle this.

    Greg Norman just wants a piece of that Saudi cash cow. Good for him. Maybe Russia will start a new league next.

    • El Culebrón

      Apr 13, 2022 at 5:22 pm

      Do you feel the same way about the LPGA playing in Saudi Arabia for “Saudi” money?

      Just asking….

      • Big Woman Ruthie

        Apr 13, 2022 at 10:58 pm

        But hey, maybe Hunter Biden can use some of billion dollar Ukraine investment to get his stripper baby mama a gig as a female entrepreneur. They already gave her 10% to the “Big Guy”. Whatever happened to that?

    • Don

      Apr 20, 2022 at 2:54 pm

      No kidding…the Saudi’s are rag top maggots.

  24. Tiger who

    Apr 13, 2022 at 2:18 pm

    If they’re looking for more players you can sign me up.

  25. aedeoiad

    Apr 13, 2022 at 1:21 pm

    Norman: “I have literally nothing of substance to say so here’s some complete bullshit I’ve made up.”

  26. ND Hickman

    Apr 13, 2022 at 12:12 pm

    We’ve had the underwhelming list of venues already, then we get an equally underwhelming leak of players who are ready to sign. How else can Greg bore me to tears?

    • Oh Hickman!

      Apr 13, 2022 at 2:12 pm

      I guess you didn’t get an invite?

      I’m sure you would have turned it down, lol…

    • Hickman's Ghost

      Apr 13, 2022 at 2:14 pm

      Underwhelming? Lol….

      I guess you didn’t get an invite, lol…

    • CG

      Apr 13, 2022 at 4:25 pm

      Another coward heard from.

  27. No Donkey?

    Apr 13, 2022 at 11:00 am

    No Donkey Kuch?

    Kdouuuuuuuuche, Kdouuuuuuuuuuche, Kdouuuuuuuuuuuuche, Kdouuuuuuuuuche, Kdouuuuuuuuuuche, Kdouuuuuuuuuuche….

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‘It is so hurtful’ – Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancée hits out at Greg Norman over recent Saudi comments

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At a press conference on Wednesday to discuss the LIV Golf International series, Greg Norman seemingly played down the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Khashoggi was a columnist for the Washington Post and was brutally murdered in Turkey in 2018. It was later discovered that Khashoggi was killed by Saudi agents in Istanbul.

When asked about the 2018 murder, Norman said: “From what I heard and what you guys reported just take ownership of what it is. Take ownership no matter what it is. Look, we’ve all made mistakes, and you just want to learn from those mistakes and how you can correct them going forward.”

Today as reported by the Telegraph, Hatice Cengiz who was Khashoggi’s fiancee, responded to Norman’s comments saying how she found them to be “so hurtful”.

“It is so hurtful when Jamal’s brutal killing is brushed off as a ‘mistake’ and that we should just move on. Would you say that if it was your loved one?

“How can we go forward when those who ordered the murder are still unpunished, and continue to try to buy back their legitimacy?

“We should not fall for their wealth and lies, and lose our morals and common humanity.

“We should all be insisting on the truth and justice; only then can we look forward with hope and dignity.”

Cengiz’ statement to the Telegraph was released through her attorney, Rodney Dixon QC. She has stated that her goal is to raise awareness in regards to Saudi Arabia’s human rights failures.

Norman has been attempting to separate LIV Golf from the political issues plaguing Saudi Arabia, but thus far it’s been mostly unsuccessful in the public eye.

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MORNING 9: McGinley: Game under threat | Homa’s ball switch | Brooks out of AT&T

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By Ben Alberstadt with Gianni Magliocco and Matthew Vincenzi.
For comments: [email protected].
May 12, 2022
Good Thursday morning, golf fans, as day one of the AT&T Bryson Nelson gets underway in Texas.
1. McGinley: The game is under threat
Mike Hall for Golf Monthly…“Paul McGinley has expressed his concern over the future of the professional game in light of the latest twist in the saga of the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational Series.”
  • “The PGA Tour has officially declined LIV Golf releases, with the DP World Tour reportedly following suit. The PGA Tour’s move led to an immediate backlash from series frontman Greg Norman, who vowed that the venture will not be stopped, and McGinley fears that the series threatens the very future of the professional game.”
  • “Speaking on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio, the 2014 Ryder Cup-winning captain, who sits on the board of the DP World Tour, said: “The professional game at the moment is under threat from potentially a rival league who kind of want to reinvent very much what golf has been and what it will be going forward, so it’s interesting.”
2. JT hopes PGA Tour’s decision to deny Saudi releases keeps them from going
ESPN’s Mark Schlabach…”With players facing potential suspensions and/or lifetime bans, Justin Thomas hopes the PGA Tour’s decision to deny conflicting-events releases for the first event of the Saudi Arabian-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series will prevent players from going to London next month.”
  • “I would hope it would deter them from going over there,” Thomas said Wednesday, during a news conference ahead of this week’s AT&T Byron Nelson at TPC Craig Ranch.
  • “I think (PGA Commissioner Jay Monahan) made it very clear from the start of what would happen. I think a lot of people are probably like, ‘I can’t believe you did this,’ or, ‘Wow, you went through with it.’ But this is what he said was going to happen all along. And, yeah, it’s one of those things to where he just doesn’t want the competing tour, the back and forth.”
3. Bjorn named RC vice captain
AP report…“Bjorn on Wednesday became the first vice captain announced by the European team, which will look to regain the trophy from the Americans in Rome.”
  • “It will be the Dane’s fifth stint as a vice captain, while he was also captain when Europe beat the United States in France in 2018.”
  • “I trust him implicitly,” Stenson said of Bjorn, “and I know any advice he will give me will be honest and direct. He will not simply tell me what he thinks I want to hear, and that will be important.”
4. LIV Golf touts “immersive fan village” in release
From a press release…”LIV Golf today unveiled initial details on the array of fan activities taking place June 9-11 at Centurion Club, site of the first-ever LIV Golf Invitational Series tournament. All General Admission tickets will be all-inclusive of the unique activations that will engage fans of all ages in celebration of the game of golf.”
  • “Gates will open at 11 a.m. all three days of tournament play in advance of the 2 p.m. shotgun start, so guests can enjoy and take part in all of the interactive activities onsite. Grounds passes will allow fans to walk the course, view the tournament from select viewing platforms and grant entry to the massive Fan Village. This immersive area will celebrate the spirit of London with Covent Garden-style street performers and a food and drink festival atmosphere inspired by the best of Borough Market. A specially designed Kids Zone will also engage youth with children’s entertainers, face painting, soft play equipment for climbing, ‘crazy golf’ putting challenges, and educational activations based on STEM lessons.”
  • “Also in the Fan Village, LIV Golf’s Performance Centre will feature professional coaches who will offer tips as guests test their skills on swing simulators and a Zen Green Stage® with PuttView surface, recreating the challenging slopes and expert shots completed by their favorite pros at the world’s most iconic courses. Meanwhile, gamers can deploy in the Metaverse Tent, where Esports and virtual reality exhibits will take fans inside the game through friendly competition. LIV Golf will also present an Eco Village where all items will have a sustainable life cycle, including a hydration area, mobile recycling unit, eco retail store, power bikes, and recycled furniture.”
5. Koepka WD
Golf Channel’s Ryan Lavner…”Brooks Koepka’s PGA Championship tune-up ended before it began.”
  • “Koepka withdrew from the AT&T Byron Nelson early Wednesday morning, with no reason given. He was replaced in the field by Satoshi Kodaira.”
  • “Koepka’s withdrawal puts into question his readiness for the PGA Championship, which he won in both 2018 and ’19. His manager did not immediately respond to a request for comment.”
6. On Shane Ryan’s latest
Golfweek’s Adam Schupak…”No offense to the many other accounts of the Ryder Cup through the years, but “The Cup They Couldn’t Lose: America, the Ryder Cup and the Long Road to Whistling Straits (Hachette, $29),” provides the definitive explanation for the European renaissance in the Ryder Cup and how America got its groove back.”
  • “Heading to Whistling Straits last September, the great mystery of the Ryder Cup had been that America routinely lost despite having the superior team. “You know, if I could put my finger on it, we would have changed this bleep a long time ago,” said losing 2018 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Jim Furyk.”
  • “That quote from the prologue perfectly encompasses what author Shane Ryan sets out to do in the 289 pages that follow. He puts more than a finger on it; he diagnoses what he terms “the 40-year disease” in astounding detail, artfully piecing together the history of this biennial match-play event pitting teams of 12 players each from the United States versus initially, Great Britain and Ireland, and since 1979, players from throughout Europe.”
7. Max Homa’s interesting reason for a ball switch
Our Andrew Tursky writing for PGATour.com…”On Tuesday, two days after his Wells Fargo victory, Homa explained why he changed into the newer model of Titleist’s Pro V1 despite his reluctance to make a switch in that department. Homa had no intentions to switch from the 2019 version of the Pro V1 after starting this season with a win at the Fortinet Championship. But he used the 2021 Pro V1 to win at Wells Fargo.”
  • “I hate switching the golf ball,” Homa told GolfWRX. “(Titleist) sent me one of those prototype boxes of the 2021 Pro V1, and I didn’t even touch it. I was playing good with my ’19. I was like, ‘Why would I switch this out?’”
  • “During the January trip to Oceanside, however, Homa was convinced to make the change into the new model for two main reasons. First, the driving ranges at PGA TOUR events use the 2021 model of the ProV1, not the 2019 that he had been using. The newer version also has similar performance and feel on longer shots while spinning more on short-game shots.
  • When I went down (to Oceanside), JJ was like, ‘Listen, we want you to switch to the new ball for two reasons. Obviously it’s the new ball, but second, it’s going to be easy for you, when you practice, because the balls on the road are the 2021. We don’t have the ’19,’” Homa said. “I’m like, ‘OK, JJ, I’m playing some friggin’ golf right now, I don’t want to change the most important part of the game, like the one thing we hit every time.’”
  • “Although he was reluctant to make the switch, Homa spent time testing the newer 2021 Pro V1 model, and sure enough, he found the performance to be “so similar” through the bag, except he gained spin around the greens.”
  • “Most times you’ll get a golf ball and you’re like, ‘This is awesome off the tee,’ and then you’ll look at the irons and it changed the irons a little bit – the distances and the spin – and then you’ll go to the green and be like, ‘Oh it’s not spinning as much as my old one, or it’s spinning more than my old one,’” Homa said. “This one (the 2021 Pro V1), I felt like it was a really similar change from driver and irons, and then I just had to get a little bit used to it around the greens. Like I said, it spins a shade more for me.”
8. Rory McIlroy pinpoints reason for major drought
Jamie Hall for Bunkered…“In an appearance on 5 Live Sport’s All About: The Open podcast, the 33-year-old was asked about his eight-year drought.
  • “I think I haven’t given myself enough chances,” McIlroy said.
  • “I think if I would have had more chances, and realistic chances, it’s a bit like tournaments as well – the more you just keep putting yourself in those positions, the more comfortable you’re going to feel up there.
  • “Sooner or later, if you keep knocking on the door, one of those doors is going to open for you.”
9. Photos from the Byron Nelson
GolfWRX is live from this week’s Byron Nelson, where we have selected galleries including plenty of WITBs in our forum.
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Mav McNealy’s prototype Callaway Apex MB blades (pictured below) have gearheads salivating, but there was plenty more to see ahead of this week’s tournament in the Lone Star State.

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