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‘Jack’s a hypocrite!’ – Greg Norman slams Nicklaus over LIV Golf stance

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Last week, Jack Nicklaus spoke to the press prior to the Memorial Tournament. When asked about his thoughts on the controversial LIV Golf Series, he dismissed questions in short order.

Now CEO of LIV Golf, Greg Norman has come out and called Nicklaus a “hypocrite”and claims that he was previously in support of the breakaway golf league.

Norman told the Washington Post: “One hundred percent truth? Jack’s a hypocrite. When he came out with those comments, I’m thinking: Jack must have a short memory.”

The 72-year-old added: “Quote-unquote, he said: ‘This is good for our game. If it’s good for the game of golf, it’s good by me.’

“So you want the facts? You’ve got the facts. Know what you said before you open your mouth.”

Nicklaus has previously stated to The Fire Pit Collective that he turned down an offer north of $100 million for the role which is now occupied by Norman.

He said: “Well, they [LIV Golf] obviously called me. And we’ve had a contract on a golf course in Saudi Arabia for over a couple of years. Essentially the same group.

“So when they called Jackie — my son Jackie organized the meeting, and they came into the Bear’s Club.

“We met a couple of guys. John Rees and Paul Stringer from the Nicklaus companies were there because we were doing the golf course, and they proposed this thing to me.

“You know, I did it out of courtesy to them because we’re doing a golf course for them. I’ve got zero interest in wanting to do something like that.

“I don’t care what kind of money they would have thrown at me. My allegiance has been to the PGA Tour. I grew up on the PGA Tour. I helped found the PGA Tour as it is today.

“My allegiance is there and it’s going to stay there.”

Nicklaus said if the LIV Golf Invitational Series “grows the game” and “spreads the game” then it was fine.

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  1. scj555

    Jun 7, 2022 at 11:53 am

    Greg – Changing you mind doesn’t make you a hypocrite.

  2. Clarence

    Jun 7, 2022 at 9:57 am

    Jack says if it’s (LIV) good for golf then fine with it, and says his allegiance is to the PGA Tour, where the hypocrisy in that? And who is 72?

  3. Bladehunter

    Jun 6, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    Greg Norman is literally a disgrace. Jack said if it grew the game good. But he didn’t want any part. Why is that not a middle stance ? Greg Norman is a almost was. And he knows it. LIV would be better off with his name off the payroll.

  4. JP

    Jun 6, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    Greg is right. Why is it ok for Jack to take Saudi money but not ok for everyone else.

  5. Nack Jicklus

    Jun 6, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    Get him Greg. The worlds tired of hearing about that old bum anyway. Good luck in litigations Jack ol boy.

  6. Tom Kay

    Jun 6, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    Norman needs to read “How to Win Friends and Influence People”.

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  8. Jeremy

    Jun 6, 2022 at 6:01 pm

    Don’t think Norman will ever be honored at the Memorial after this. He’s been choking on his on ego for years.

  9. Bob

    Jun 6, 2022 at 4:55 pm

    Greg’s nothing but a bitter geriatric child selling out for counterfeit paper now.

    Legacy gone. Bye.

  10. BD57

    Jun 6, 2022 at 4:52 pm

    “Hypocrite?”

    I don’t think the word means what Norman believes it means.

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Ian Poulter takes swipe at Justin Thomas over short putt complaints at Presidents Cup

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Over the weekend, Justin Thomas was involved in a dramatic Sunday singles battle with Si-Woo Kim, with the Korean eventually prevailing on the final hole of the day.

During that match, Thomas expressed his frustration at Kim not giving him a 3-foot putt on the ninth hole, with Thomas motioning that the putt may have been in ‘gimme’ range

Some found JT’s complaints hypocritical after a video had previously shown the 29-year-old shut down Jordan Spieth, who appeared to suggest giving Adam Scott a short putt earlier in the week.

Ian Poulter, known for his pedigree in match play singles, weighed in with his view on JT’s complaints, and unsurprisingly the Englishman had no sympathy for the two-time major champ, saying:

Poulter’s view appears to be the popular take on the matter, with plenty of golf fans frustrated with Thomas, who also admitted he had been ‘p*****d off’ with Si-Woo Kim for deciding to shush the crowd during their tense encounter on Sunday.

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Hotel issue forces Patrick Reed to withdraw from latest DP World Tour event

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Patrick Reed has dealt with some criticism over the past few months for choosing to play in DP World Tour events after making the controversial move to join LIV Golf.

When the former Masters champion made his decision, he made comments about wanting to spend more time with his kids.

“It wears on you as an athlete, wears on you as a person, as a father, and this is for me, I feel like this is the best decision ever,” Reed said at the time. “Now I can compete at the highest level, but also prepare and get ready for every single event and be able to be home, and even though I’ll be grinding at home getting ready, I’ll be able to spend time with the kids.”

Since the move, Reed has played in four events in September and was scheduled to play his fifth consecutive event this week at the DP World Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Links.

However, Reed withdrew from the tournament on Monday due to back pain.

According to the 32-year-old, his mattress at the Versailles hotel during the Open de France was too soft and it caused an injury.

“The mattress was just too soft for me,” Reed said in an interview with Bernie McGuire from the Irish Golfer.

“I played well in the pro-am but the pain in my back was getting worse.

“It’s disappointing as I was looking forward to coming back to France after being there for the Ryder Cup.”

Reed added: “I first played the Dunhill Links back in 2011. It was my first European Tour event, so that’s another event I was looking forward to playing.”

He’s scheduled to tee it up once again at LIV Bangkok beginning on October 7th.

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Hideki Matsuyama’s caddie just cemented his legacy with wild act at the Presidents Cup

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Hideki Matsuyama might be the most recognisable player in Japanese golf. He may have also turned down the biggest offer from LIV to date:

However, in terms of showmanship, the 2021 Masters champion can’t hold a candle to his caddie.

Shota Hayafuji has bits and pieces of form on the China Tour, but since joining Matsuyama on a full-time basis at the Sony Open in 2019, he’s seen that arrangement celebrated at the 2022 running of the Waialae event and, of course, at Augusta.

After the one-shot victory, Shota went viral after bowing his head in respect, commenting that,” I bowed to the course mainly because I was thankful. I wasn’t thinking about doing it and it just happened — like an instinct.”

This time, though, he has stepped things up a level.

Yesterday, Golf Digest reposted a photo from Shoto’s Instagram in which he shows off the autograph of every one of the victorious U.S team members. Written on his body.

Nobody quite knows what is going on, or whether the winning side invited the International team to what looks like a raucous after- tournament celebration drink, but Shoto may well have to explain this as another ‘instinct’.

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