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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: Munoz fires 60 | Norman’s “mistake” gaffe | Homa’s dream foursome

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By Ben Alberstadt with Gianni Magliocco and Matthew Vincenzi.
For comments: [email protected].
May 13, 2022
Good Friday morning, golf fans, as we head into day two of the AT&T Bryson Nelson.
1. 60
Colby Powell for Golf Channel…”Sebastian Munoz made history Thursday at the AT&T Byron Nelson, becoming the first player in PGA Tour history with multiple rounds of 60 or lower in the same season.”
  • “Munoz also shot 60 in the first round of the RSM Classic in November. However, that was on a par-70 golf course. Today’s round at TPC Craig Ranch was a 12-under-par 60 for the Colombian, which was highlighted by a 6-under stretch through four holes in the middle of his round.”
2. “Mistake” 
ESPN’s Mark Schlabach…”On Wednesday, during a news conference in London to promote LIV Golf’s first event at Centurion Club, June 9-11, Norman was asked about Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s alleged complicity in the 2018 killing of Khashoggi, an American citizen. LIV Golf is being financed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, which is controlled by bin Salman.”
  • “From what I heard and what you guys reported, just take ownership of what it is,” Norman told reporters. “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.”
3. Khashoggi’s fiancee on Norman’s remarks
Our Matt Vincenzi…”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.”
4. Sagstrom takes Founders Cup lead
AP report…”Madelene Sagstrom shot a flawless 9-under 63 during a round she felt holes kept getting larger to take one-stroke lead over Megan Khang after the first round of the Cognizant Founders Cup on Thursday.”
  • “Nasa Hataoka, who won in Los Angeles in April before taking time off, was third after a 65 on the Upper Montclair Country Club course, roughly 10 miles from New York City.”
5. Homa’s dream foursome 
Our Gianni Magliocco…”For those who follow Homa on Twitter, his opening choice of Green Bay Packer’s QB Aaron Rodgers will come as no surprise. The two good friends teamed up together at the 2020 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and Rodgers even sent a congratulatory note on Twitter to Homa following his win on Sunday.”
  • “For his second selection, Homa turned to NBA star Steph Curry, who the golfer has repeatedly praised for his attempts to grow the game of golf, with the most recent being Curry’s introduction of a new junior golf tour.”
  • “Finally, Homa plumped for Tiger Woods, and when co-host Brian Knudson remarked that it was quite a group of talented golfers, the Wells Fargo champ stated: “You don’t want to be chasing golf balls all day.” Good point, Max.”
6. Stricker starts strong in Champions major
AP report…??”Steve Stricker shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday to take a two-stroke lead over Miguel Angel Jimenez and Wes Short Jr. after the opening round of the Regions Tradition, the first of five PGA Tour Champions majors.”
  • “Stricker, the 2019 champion, closed his bogey-free round with a birdie on No. 18 at Greystone Golf & Country Club. Jimenez, the 2018 winner, started on the 10th tee and broke out of a 10-player logjam at 4 under with a birdie on No. 8.”
7. From trash to the Tour
Colby Powell for Golf Channel…??”Kyle Wilshire was playing golf in Shawnee, Oklahoma, last week on the All Pro Tour, where he finished T-2 and was rewarded with a check for $8,000. He now finds himself near the top of the leaderboard on the PGA Tour after Monday qualifying into the AT&T Byron Nelson.”
  • “Wilshire, who turned pro in 2014 out of UCF, is making just his third career start on Tour, with the other two coming in the fall of 2021 and featuring a missed cut and a T-62. He was in fourth place when he signed his card on Thursday, five back of leader Sebastian Munoz.”
  • “It hasn’t been an easy road for the 29-year-old, who had knee surgery in 2018, didn’t play well in 2019 and then wound up taking a job as a trash porter in the evenings when golf was shut down during the early stages of the pandemic in 2020.”
8. Im out for PGA?
Ryan Lavner for Golf Channel…”Sungjae Im’s status for the PGA Championship is now in doubt after testing positive for COVID-19 in his native South Korea.”
  • “Im had returned home to play in the Korean Tour’s Woori Financial Group Championship but tested positive hours before the opening round and withdrew from the event, according to local news reports.”
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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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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GolfWRX was live this week from the AT&T Byron Nelson at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas.

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.

In addition to seven general albums, GolfWRX has eight WITB looks — including Jason Day — and plenty of custom putters for your perusal.

Check out links to all our photos, below!

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