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‘Go **** yourself Shark’ – Major champ’s scathing attack on Greg Norman

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It’s been a rough week for Greg Norman, and it hasn’t got much better over the weekend.

Winner of the 1990 PGA Championship, Wayne Grady has ripped into compatriot Greg Norman on social media, saying, “Greg is only about Greg.”

Norman, two-time winner of The Open Championship, has been headlining in the golf media for many months, his leadership of the Saudi Golf League, now the LIV Golf International Series, becoming further embroiled in rows between players and their respective authorities.

During interviews to further highlight the cause of the series, set to open at the Centurion Club in London on June 9th, Norman appeared to excuse the human rights record of Saudi Arabia, saying, “we all make mistakes.”

The comments appalled many, whilst Amnesty International called his comments “wrong and seriously misguided.”

However, Grady, co-runner-up with Norman when play-off losers behind Mark Calcavecchia at Royal Troon in 1989, did not hold back in such a diplomatic manner.

In the message posted on Facebook Grady makes two comments. The first is that Norman should stop saying ‘the PGA’ as opposed to ‘the PGA Tour’, the second that the Chairman of the LIV organisation has been “trying to take down the (PGA) tour for 30 years.”

Grady lets it all fly as he informs readers that, “the admiration I had for him (Norman) for what he has achieved and what he did for Australian golf is gone.”

He continues the rant, “For him to try and trivialize what the greats before him did to grow and create what the PGA Tour is today is an absolute disgrace.”

In conclusion, the 64-year-old two-time winner of the Australian PGA Championship, tells Norman that, “I went to Jack Newton’s memorial service yesterday and was surrounded by true professional golfers who believe in ,loyalty and history. GFY Shark.”

In a week that should see the joyful start of the second major, the PGA Championship, the impending release of Alan Shipnuck’s unofficial autobiography of Phil Mickelson, as well as speculation as to who has signed to play the first LIV event, looks like taking some of the limelight away from a tremendous looking field at Southern Hills.

That, for many, is unfortunate.

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  1. Professor

    May 18, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    I love how emotional some people get over things that have absolutely nothing to do with their personal lives. Clearly, knowing absolutely nothing about how 501c3 organizations with independent contractors actually works doesn’t stop people from espousing uninformed opinions. Remember, intellect over emotional name calling. It’s better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt. The PGA Tour is a member organization and the golfers are independent contractors which means they can pick and choose which PGA Tour events they will play as long as it meets the guidelines. The PGA Tour does in fact allow players to request and receive up to three exemptions to play events outside of the PGA Tour as long as they conflict with regularly scheduled PGA Tour events. At the end of the day, if these guys want to go play in the Saudi league great, go! But why would the PGA Tour invest in these guys and sell TV deals based on their stars only to allow those stars to go play on another Tour.

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  3. Chism

    May 16, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    Norman will choke with this just like he always did. Blocked high right. Fore!

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  5. Ned

    May 16, 2022 at 6:17 am

    To me its’s not about Norman but the right for an independent contractor to work for who he wants to. What the PGA is doing would be like if I tried to change jobs in my profession I would be barred for working in my profession. PGA is trying to eliminated any computation which makes it a monopoly. They claim their not worried about it so what’s the problem?

    • Bob

      May 16, 2022 at 2:04 pm

      And it is the right for a competing contractor to black ball judases with no loyalties enticed by counterfeit currency printed from nothing looking for a new bagholder.

      The PGA Tour is not stopping them. It’s saying don’t come back.

      • gianni burner account

        May 16, 2022 at 3:14 pm

        “The PGA Tour is not stopping them” … is that why the PGA Tour didn’t approve the releases? ……. wake up pal, leftism is a mental disease

        • john e

          May 16, 2022 at 4:37 pm

          PGA is a member organization. the members knew the rules when they joined… this isn’t a “leftism” thing… this is an organization holding the members that have chosen to join to a set of rules that the organization has the ability to interpret. if they don’t like the rules, they are free to leave and join another group.

          regarding the releases..the tournament in question is on the same weekend as another scheduled event IN THE USA… discretion of the PGA to allow or deny the waiver.

      • ZFG

        May 18, 2022 at 9:26 am

        if you think if rory, dj, tiger, spieth, etc went to play a tourney in the LIV that they wouldn’t be “welcomed back” to play in a PGA tour event you’re completely delusional… it’s pure intimidation by the tour to the more average tour player.

        the pga tour has acted like a selfish, spoiled little brat who throws a fit every time they don’t get their way during this whole thing, speaks volumes

    • Michaele

      May 18, 2022 at 9:23 am

      No one is stopping any of them from working for whoever they want.

      As is the right of the organization and common business practice, they have been told if you work for them, you can’t work for us.

      Quite reasonable andante out of the ordinary.

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‘This is why some people hate golf’ – Golfer suffers incredibly cruel disqualification

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A golfer has been disqualified from the USGA 4-ball this morning after having two grips on his putter that were a quarter of an inch too close together.

Popular Twitter account “Monday Q Info” shared the news of the equipment violation today with the following tweet:

“If you have two grips on the putter, they have to be a minimum of 1.5 inches apart. His were 1.25 inches apart…One of the USGA officials saw it yesterday afternoon…Went back to the hotel to confirm the rule…Measured this AM in parking lot and DQ’d him.”

Former professional golfer, Will Strickler weighed in on the disqualification.

It’s been a year that continues to throw up the unlikeliest of rules violations, but this one may just be about the harshest so far of 2022.

One golf fan on Twitter probably summed up the feelings of many frustrated people reacting to the reason for the DQ, saying: “And this is why some people hate golf.”

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‘You drink enough, you’ll be fine’ – Brooks Koepka defends PGA Championship beer prices

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Earlier in the week, a picture of the menu from Southern Hills was released. Many fans were outraged about the exorbitant price of beer and water, although some defended it.

Via @codymcbridenlu

A few PGA Tour players have now weighed in on the high prices, and it seems they too have differing opinions.

Justin Thomas said via Twitter that he disagreed with the prices and that you “Gotta treat the fans better than that”.

Brooks Koepka, on the other hand, defended the prices of the beer.

“Yeah. Michelob Ultra is 18 bucks, but it’s a tall boy,” he said, referring to the fact that the cans of beer at Southern Hills are 25 oz. “It’s bigger than the normal 12 ounces, 16 ounces. It’s bigger than the normal ones, so you’ll be all right. You drink enough, you’ll be fine.”

It’s worth noting that Michelob is one of Koepka’s sponsors.

The tournament officials also defended the menu prices.

“We do have a new concession area, but we also have a new ticketing pricing offering for all the spectators this year, which includes basically as much food and non-alcoholic beverage as they want included in the price of the ticket,” Kerry Haigh, Chief Championships Officer of the PGA of America, said. “Starting Thursday, spectators will be able to drink non-alcoholic beverages and as much food as they want for the price of their ticket. For those on the practice days, all spectators can bring in bottled water, and starting Thursday we’ll have refills on water.

“The pricing of the product is sort of comparable to stadium events. We’re comfortable with where we are, and we hope spectators will come out and have a great time and a great experience.”

Seth Waugh, CEO of the PGA of America, said these prices may be re-evaluated in the future though.

“It’s a new model for us, right, so at the end of it we’ll go back and, like we always do, try to figure out if it worked or didn’t work and what we can do better and raise the bar.”

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How Mickelson gambled during tournaments with announcer who was throwing ‘wadded-up twenties out of tower’

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We will not see defending PGA champion Phil Mickelson at Southern Hills this week but his name is still creating headlines just a day before the first tee time.

It cannot be a coincidence that the release of Alan Shipnuck’s no-holds-barred biography was timed for this very week, but it is the nature of the content, plus previously reported excerpts from the book, that make PGA Championship week more than the names on the entry list.

Just a few days ago, we reported on a part of the bio that concentrates on a story told by golf scribe John Hawkins.

In the short piece, Hawkins alleges Mickelson made large numbers bets on college basketball games in a brief space of time, so many that he felt the now-maligned player to be “showing off”.

The book makes many further allegations, including a segment involving outspoken former professional and announcer Gary McCord.

In that section of the book, McCord alleges gambling took place on the putting green during tournaments, and in the most bizarre fashion.

“When I was in the TV tower, every time Phil got to my hole, Bones (caddie Jim Mackay) would look up at me and I would flash the odds,” McCord said. “If Phil had a 15-footer, I’d flash three fingers, which meant the odds were 3-1. If he was 60 feet, I’d give him 2-1 on a two-putt. Bones would go down and whisper in his ear and Phil would look up at me and shake his head, yes or no.”

“I can’t tell you how many wadded-up twenties I threw out of the tower until the Tour found out about it and I got word through CBS I was no longer allowed to gamble with Phil while up in the tower.”

Previous to these allegations, Mickelson’s gambling habits were the stuff of hearsay, but this is perhaps the wildest Phil related gambling story of them all.

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