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Greg Norman delivers swaggering response to Rory McIlroy after recent PGA Tour wins jibe

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Rory McIlroy has been one of the most outspoken critics of the LIV Golf Series since the breakaway tour’s inception.

The Northern Irishman has slammed many of the recent defectors to LIV, calling them ‘duplicitous’, and after winning the Canadian Open back in June, McIlroy set his sights on LIV’s CEO Greg Norman.

Speaking to Amanda Balionis after his victory in Canada, Rory talked about how much the win meant to him:

“Yeah, this is a day I’ll remember for a long, long time…my 21st PGA Tour win..one more than someone else…that gave me a bit extra incentive today.”

That ‘someone else’ could only have been one man – LIV chairman Greg Norman.

Unsurprisingly, that jibe did not go unnoticed by Greg Norman, and in a recent interview with Australian Golf Digest, the multiple major champion hit back with a slick response.

“I respect Rory, but I am somewhat confused by his approach. But then, he is paid to sit on the PGA Tour’s Player Advisory Council, so he is obviously going to support the tour. I do know he has asked for sizeable appearance fees to play in Saudi Arabia. His comments also show competition is a wonderful thing.

“So, I take it as a compliment that he wanted to beat my 20 PGA Tour wins. His next goal should be to win more than 91 tournaments globally or to maintain No.1 in the world for more than 331 weeks.”

We’ll see if Rory has a response for Greg should he grab a victory in the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

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  2. David

    Aug 27, 2022 at 11:55 pm

    McIlroy is more likely to match Norman’s record of blown leads at major tournaments.

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  8. MICHAEL

    Aug 14, 2022 at 1:33 pm

    Multi-multi-millionaires trashing each other like 4th graders. Classy. One funny note, they both have come up really short in the “Major” category. Norman should have won more than 2 & over the past 8 years Rory’s become the safest bet not to win a major.

  9. Kenn Woodard

    Aug 13, 2022 at 12:53 pm

    I took a peak at LIV last week via the internet played at Trumps club course in New Jersey. Got bored right off tithe bat. Everyone was waiting for U NO WHO(Trump) to swat the first tee shot. He finally arrived thirty minutes late. Took him another 15 minutes to get his fat butt out of his golf cart to share pleasantries with the galler. He FINALLY teed off, driving his tee shot down the fairway much to my surprise. I ll admit that was the highlight of rather a mundane start to the tournament!

    • Patrick Berger

      Aug 21, 2022 at 5:54 pm

      Why would you be surprised that a very low index player would hit his drive down the middle of the fairway? Another “orange man bad” tool who has ingested fake news trash? Sad.

  10. Greg Norman

    Aug 13, 2022 at 10:08 am

    LIV is arguably the most embarrassing attempt at a professional tour or league of any kind in the history of sport. Three rounds a month is a joke. It’s no wonder that all of their members still want to play their real golf on the PGA Tour. Even with all the big names they’ve bought, notice how LIV has failed to provide even a shred of entertainment value ON the course. It’s because their idea of golf sucks.

    • Greg Norman's mom

      Aug 25, 2022 at 11:02 am

      Ya I agree with this 100%. Just isn’t fun to watch, or as much fun as PGA tour for me.

  11. Little finger

    Aug 13, 2022 at 1:26 am

    Meanwhile in china taylormade os making clubs with slave labor and children are working for pennies to make rorys nike gear. All those little fingers.

  12. Bob Jones

    Aug 12, 2022 at 9:50 pm

    How about we just ignore Greg Norman from now on?

    • Not Bob Jones

      Aug 12, 2022 at 10:02 pm

      Go for it. You and that frog in your pocket.

      • VC

        Aug 13, 2022 at 10:23 am

        I think it’s a ? in his pocket, he keeps licking his fingers.

  13. Logan

    Aug 12, 2022 at 2:13 pm

    Great comeback by Norman whether you like LIV or not.

    • jgpl001

      Aug 23, 2022 at 9:07 am

      NOT – just a collection has beens, mercenaries and douch bags

      • Norman's Mom's Boyfriend

        Aug 31, 2022 at 3:37 pm

        A collection of has beens he says while DJ & Bryson finished top 10 at the Open Championship and Morikawa missed the cut. Cam Smith Open & Players Championship winner but sure buddy, a bunch of has been’s. Half of the field in the Fedex Cup playoffs I’ve never heard of before. PGAT has conditioned you to believe if someone is in the field of a tour event they are “the best in the world” but the Fedex playoffs were filled with a bunch of Korny Ferry guys who wouldn’t have even been thought about if weren’t for the guys who went to LIV.

  14. Kurtis

    Aug 12, 2022 at 12:39 pm

    Love the Shark little Rory cant hold the Sharks jock strap. His records are pretty damn solid and he’s not talking smack like the little kid rory.

    • Fish

      Aug 12, 2022 at 9:18 pm

      that’s why Rory already has 4 Majors and Greg finished with only 2..!!!! He was the biggest chocker of all time and not sure how he ever held on to the #1 for 331 weeks except he did not complete during the time of Jack or Tiger…so Rory has more Majors and more PGA wins and Norman wants to brag about his worldwide wins against a bunch of nobodies when the worlds best always played in America and the Ryder Cup was always won by the US…..so you can keep on smelling of Sharks joke strap but as a long time golf fan old enough to see all of Normans career then I would take Rory in a heartbeat.!!

      • Fred

        Aug 18, 2022 at 4:48 pm

        You really don’t know much about golf. Are you the one that started the “get in da hole” shout on par 5s?

  15. Howard Peterson

    Aug 12, 2022 at 11:44 am

    Skins game working with Chuck Gerber. Asked Phil for autograph brushed me off, Gerber ESPN in charge of tournament said there is only one other golfer thzn Phil for being a jerk, it was Ray Floyd, Tiger was too into himself and Daly was a gem.

  16. Tom K.

    Aug 12, 2022 at 10:55 am

    Rory wears Nike gear manufactured by child slave labor in China.

    • Get Real

      Aug 12, 2022 at 12:57 pm

      Where do you think Greg Norman’s clothing is made?

      • Cam

        Aug 12, 2022 at 2:19 pm

        Greg Norman is not out riding the morality wave that Rory and some others are portraying. Plus look at the business the PGA Tour does with China & Mexico. Both are killing Americans every day with loads of fentanyl.

        • CraigSim

          Aug 12, 2022 at 5:48 pm

          Amazing how stupid some people are!! Greg Norman is proof that the worst snakes come from Australia! Nobody would even know who he was if it wasn’t for the PGA!

          • Frank

            Aug 12, 2022 at 6:43 pm

            Hes a million times the person you will ever be. Dont be jealous and lame

            • Bob

              Aug 12, 2022 at 9:09 pm

              Nothing to be jealous of. Paper does not a man make.

          • Big Guy

            Aug 12, 2022 at 6:57 pm

            71 of his wins were outside the PGA. I’d say there are plenty of people know who he was.

            GN owes as much (if not more) to those areas where he won those 71 tournaments than the PGA Tour.

            • Bob Jones

              Aug 12, 2022 at 9:53 pm

              What brand of dog food did he beat in those 71 tournaments?

              • Frank

                Aug 13, 2022 at 7:24 pm

                Yeah everyone of those dog food pros could beat you by 100 strokes dum dum

          • VolsInYaMouth

            Aug 13, 2022 at 6:53 pm

            So the PGA helped him win tournaments and be an amazing golfer?? Lol! He’s won globally clown boy! 2 BRITISH OPENS that isn’t ran by the PGA and has built massive amounts of golf courses! I’m pretty sure Greg would’ve still been globally recognized without the PGA! But keep hating and be jealous. Lmao!

  17. Rich

    Aug 12, 2022 at 8:46 am

    Ouch!!

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Greg Norman reveals the key factor that helped lure Cam Smith to LIV

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This week, Greg Norman spoke with The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age to discuss the acquisitions of Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman.

In the interview, some interesting details emerged regarding how Norman was able to land two of Australia’s biggest stars.

The key factor that caused the reigning Champion Golfer of the Year to jump ship was offering him the opportunity to own a share of a golf franchise.

“You’ve got to think about it from Cam’s perspective, he completely understood one thing that other people are struggling to understand: the value LIV Golf brings, and that new value is the franchise,” Norman said.

“Cam knows about it, but he’s probably a little too young to understand what Kerry Packer did in cricket. He did what he did for the players, creating teams and night cricket … look where it’s evolved to from there with the IPL. The value of those teams in India is incredible. That’s the new value we bring.

“[Smith] sees the market that Australia presents and the market which, quite honestly, has been starved of high-quality players and new value for the game of golf. The Presidents Cup comes in there once every seven to 10 years, sucks the economy dry and then disappears.”

The deal for Smith also involved fellow Australian Marc Leishman owning a piece of the franchise. The deal will allow good friends, Smith and Leishman, to essentially run their own Australian golf team on the global stage next year and beyond.

In addition to Smith and Leishman, Greg Norman was also after Adam Scott. Thus far, the 2013 Masters champion has resisted temptation and was at the “players only” meeting led by Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy in an effort to improve the PGA TOUR.

Norman said that while he initially did want Scott to join, that ship has most likely sailed:

“How can I answer that question? There were discussions early on with Adam and I think right now with Marc and Cam being the principals of Team Australia, I think quite honestly it’s over to them.

“They have to build out the most solid team which gives them the best value going forward. Obviously, they’ll come to us and ask us questions, and there’s so much good young talent coming out of Australia. I can name you four or five of the kids. There are some very good ones and one or two have a connection up into Asia, and that Asian value from a financial standpoint is solid.”

The first Australian event for LIV is scheduled for next year after the Masters. Norman said he spoke to over 20 courses about their interest in hosting an event, but it’s down to Gold Coast and Sydney as the current leading candidates.

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More LIV contract details emerge: Suspensions, media rights, caddie microphones and more

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A new court filing has revealed new information regarding LIV Golf regulations.

In early September, Judge Beth Labson Freeman ordered LIV Golf to come forward with information about contracts and operations. While much of the financial information was ordered to remain sealed, Monday’s court filing did shed light on many aspects of LIV that were previously unknown.

Judge Freeman’s September 1st decision read:

“The Court finds that TRO Plaintiffs have not demonstrated compelling reasons to seal any portion of the Rules and Regulations. The redactions TRO Plaintiffs seek are substantial, and Mr. Loffhagen’s declaration (John Loffhagen is the chief legal officer for LIV Golf) lacks specificity regarding any competitive harm that TRO Plaintiffs or LIV may face if the Rules and Regulations are made public. Moreover, TRO Plaintiffs offer no factual support for their contention that their proposed redactions to the Rules and Regulations are narrowly tailored. The Court therefore denies without prejudice the motion to seal as to the Rules and Regulations.”

Sports Illustrated’s “Morning Read” shared some interesting revelations from the language in the player agreements, which include the following:

  • “All golf tournaments are to be scheduled to create optimal co-existence with professional golf and the majors.”
  • “Players may not make any statement or commit any act, nor make, post, publish or communicate to any Person or in any public forum any false, defamatory, libelous, or slanderous remarks, comments or statements, if such statement, act or failure could reasonably be expected to, or actually does, adversely affect (i) the Player’s public image and/or ability to participate in connection with any Tournament or Series event or (ii) the reputation or public image of the Series event, the game of golf, LIV Golf, and any other Player, any official partner of the Series, or any other sponsor of the Tournament.”
  • “Players are not permitted to gamble on any golf tournament, either directly or indirectly, this includes LIV Golf or other golfing events.”
  • Player must make themselves available as required for the purposes of the conduct of all anti-doping regulations.”
  • “Players are required to comply with all reasonable requests to attend press/media interviews and to cooperate with the media immediately upon the completion of each round of a Tournament.”
  • “Players grant almost exclusive media rights to LIV Golf for LIV Golf events only, but are also allowed to sell, transfer their individual media rights specifically the value of his name, image, and likeness.”
  •  “Any suspensions or disciplinary actions by LIV Golf regarding a player will be made public once the matter is final.”
  •  “Caddies are expected to comply with any request by LIV Golf to wear a microphone.”

The latest LIV Golf event gets underway in Chicago this week.

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Ian Poulter accused of lacking ‘manners and common decency’ after post-round Wentworth incident

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Another week, another Ian Poulter online feud.

During the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, the Englishman told NBC’s Rex Hoggard to “show some respect” after Hoggard pointed out the fact that Poulter was wearing LIV Golf clothing when he was asked not to by the DP World Tour.

Poulter’s comments were in regard to Hoggard tweeting about Poulter on the day of Queen Elizabeth’s death. (Despite Hoggard’s tweet preceding her death)

Yesterday, Poulter was at it again. This time, the Twitter spat involved Sky Sports reporter Jamie Weir.

The spat began over a blog post from the Alistair Tait titled “The European Dis-Union”.

Weir commented on Twitter:

“And (Poulter) wears LIV-branded clothing when specifically asked not to. And makes snide, petty little remarks about Tour-owned video of himself. And point-blank ignores a DPWT press officer when asked politely if he’ll spare some writers a few minutes.’

Of course, Poulter couldn’t let the comment go unchecked and gave a response:

“Oh Jamie… rushing to catch a flight after an hour 30 fog delay. I could see a large gathering of fans who wanted signatures & photos. Or a few journalists to the right. I decided to do autographs and photos for the fans instead of speaking to the journalists. I’d say I chose the right option.”

According to Weir, the situation unfolded a bit differently than Poulter claimed.

“Always nice to sign autographs for the fans, good for you,’ Weir responded. ‘No issue with you not speaking to the press, more the fact you completely blanked the press officer who politely asked you.”

Poulter then accused Weir of looking for something to criticize him about, saying if it wasn’t this it would be “my color socks”.

“Oh Jamie, it had to be something… just looking for anything to create negativity and divisiveness.. if it wasn’t that I’m sure my color socks would have been offensive to someone somehow somewhere. Keep creating diversity.”

Weir kept it going and thought Poulter owed the reporter an apology.

“Eh?! Socks? What on earth are you banging on about?! Is it that difficult to say “sorry, bit short on time” when someone who works for the Tour politely asks you a question rather than point-blank ignore them? It’s called manners and common decency, Ian.”

 

Poulter ended the exchange by “apologizing,” though there seemed to be some sarcasm in his response.

“I hereby apologize to the DP World Tour press officer. I’m sorry that I treated you differently to how I normally would. I shouldn’t have stooped that low. I will make sure to treat people the same as I always have with respect. Let’s hope this works both ways moving forward.”

Stay tuned for next week’s edition of “Ian Poulter Argues With Someone on Social Media”.

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