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‘Stop assuming you have all the answers’ – Olympic champ is the latest Australian to blast Greg Norman

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Sitting around a table, Team Australia look one happy family.

Compatriots Cam Smith, Matt Jones, Marc Leishman and Wade Ormsby join LIV CEO Greg Norman to answer questions and points sent in by LIV viewers. After the most recent Open championship winner tells his ‘boss’ that he’s “doing a great job”, they unite with a toast of beer cans.

All looks rosy in the camp, but not every Aussie feels the same.

One of Australia’s most notable athletes, Kieren Perkins, told the National Press Club that Norman should “stop and listen to the people around you,” and stop “assuming you have all the answers.”

The two-time gold Olympic gold medallist and multiple champion at the 1994 Commonwealth Games became the new CEO of the Australian Sports Commission in December 2021, overseeing Sport Australia and the Australian Institute of Sport, and recently commented that Australian sport needs to be a societal leader and be more inclusive of minority groups.

The publication asked Perkins what message he would give to Norman, head of the LIV organization that has received plenty of criticism over its ties to Saudi Arabia and its disruption of the sport’s ruling bodies.

“Just stop and listen to the people around you, Greg, and think about some of the stuff that’s being told to you,” said the Sport Australia Hall of Famer. “See if actually there’s some value in it, instead of assuming you have all the answers.”

Whilst empathizing with Norman’s view that he wishes to ‘grow the game’ Perkins has doubts about the methods used:  “I understand and appreciate the need to disrupt sport and make it better, and the opportunity to create more competitive pathways that help athletes receive the benefit they deserve, [but] opening the door for more inclusion is incredibly important.”

LIV Golf plays round six of an initial eight event season at Bangkok from Friday, with the season-ending Team Championship at Trump National Doral Miami set for the end of this month.

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  1. Nick

    Oct 8, 2022 at 1:23 am

    Instead listen to the gummy shark and the money hungry grubny hypocrites that joined his Mickey mouse tour

  2. Pm

    Oct 7, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    Daniel andrews is up the arse of the pga tour commissioner. This is just another cheapshot at greg and liv. Perkins hasnt been releveant for 20 yrs. What a fucking disgraceful cunt

  3. redfisher

    Oct 6, 2022 at 1:01 pm

    Perkins opinion means nothing to 99+% of the sporting world, much less the golf world. I’d suggest Perkins figured out he/she doesn’t have all the answers. Or even a plan
    Criticism is not a plan

  4. Big Guy

    Oct 6, 2022 at 5:48 am

    Perkins is a legend in swimming for Australia and his Olympic gold in Atlanta was an amazing achievement that the whole country stopped for. He is a genuine leader and is setting an agenda for sport in Australia for the next decade.

    His comments in this respect were made following a speech about diversity and inclusiveness. Something that the PGAT can learn a lot from.

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‘I was super-inflamed’ – Bryson opens up on diet experiment mistake

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Golf superstar Bryson DeChambeau has been a captivating figure in the sport of golf since he earned his first PGA Tour win back in 2017.

From being so detail oriented that he used geometric compasses during his rounds to verify the accuracy of course maps to famously having irons designs for him that were all the same length (about the length of a 6-iron), he’s always done things his own way.

In addition to the “mad scientist” approach and the interesting choice of clubs, the 29-year-old also took an extreme approach to how he ate.

In order to put on as much weight as possible to add distance, DeChambeau was eating upwards of 3,500 calories per day including a great deal of protein in the form of protein shakes. In that timeframe, he put on about 50 pounds. The bulk Bryson put on turned out to be beneficial in many ways and it made him the longest driver on the PGA Tour and helped him win a U.S. Open and a handful of other big events.

However, in an interview with “The 5 Clubs Podcast“, DeChambeau revealed that all of the unhealthy eating habits were starting to take a negative toll on his overall health.

“I ate things that were not great for my system that I was very sensitive to and ultimately it got to the point where it was a little bit too much.

“I ate improperly for almost a year and a half, and I was starting to feel weird, my gut was all messed up and so I went completely healthy and went on a Whole-30 diet, got a nutritionist. I was super-inflamed.”

“I start out with going to each side and then from there I best fit what works for me,” he added. “It’s a decent way to live life, it can be a tough one at times because it’s such extremes but if you don’t know one side of the coin to the other, I mean, how can you ever figure out what works best for you? That’s what I’ve done with my life so far.”

Golf has been a struggle for DeChambeau for the past year and a half or so. His last victory was in March of 2021 (API) and he didn’t get himself into contention in any LIV Golf event.

“I played terrible golf the last year, I played my C game.”

He’s also now recommending that young golfers take a different route than he did to gain distance off the tee.

“No. I mean, get stronger in a healthy way. Go get a blood sensitivity test and figure out what works best for your body to gain size and strength.”

Bryson said that he now feels and looks younger after returning to a healthier lifestyle, so it will be interesting to see if that translates to the golf course in 2023.

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‘Not very happy with that article’ – Nelly Korda hits out at interview involving current coach

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LPGA Tour superstar Nelly Korda reclaimed her spot as the number one player in the world last week after a win at the Pelican Championship.

It has been an up and down season for Korda, who had been struggling with some health issues which led to inconsistent play.

After the victory, her coach, Jamie Mulligan spoke to Golfweek. In the interview, Mulligan went into detail about some of the health issues Korda has had this past year, which Korda had chosen to keep mostly private.

The coach said that Korda had a blood clot that was only two centimeters from her heart. He also said she was “sounding emotional” during the incident and that her hands were “turning weird colors” on the day she received her diagnosis.

Given her desire to keep the situation private, it’s no surprise that Korda was upset with the story that came out of the interview Mulligan gave to Golfweek.

“I was not very happy with that article because that was a very … I think that was blown out of proportion a good bit,” she said. “It was definitely not that bad, but I’m very private about my medical history, my medical issues. So, in a sense, yeah, I think that article is just blown out of proportion, honestly.”

While she didn’t come out and say she was displeased that a member of her team shared information that she didn’t want revealed, she was visibly annoyed. When asked how she felt about Mulligan sharing the information she said, “No. Nothing to say.”

After the win last week, Korda said “There has been more downs than ups this year I think, and I think that that’s what makes this so much sweeter to me.”

Things seem to finally be on the right track for the ten-time winner, and she will look to keep her momentum at the CME Group Tour Championship as 60 players will compete for one of the biggest purses of the year.

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Legendary announcer not expecting call from LIV after ‘spat’ with Greg Norman

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Last week, Roger Maltbie was told he wouldn’t be returning to the broadcast booth for NBC in 2023.

Maltbie did an interview with Sirius XM PGA Tour Radio to discuss his career and plans going forward. The 71-year-old said that “there’s hurt feelings and there’s also a lot of gratitude.”

After working for NBC for 31 years, Maltbie was asked if he’d consider going to broadcast for the PGA Tour’s rival in LIV Golf next season. While he wasn’t opposed to the idea, Maltbie indicated that it was unlikely due to the fact that he and LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman had a falling out at some point, so he doesn’t think they’d be interested.

“I guess at this age, at 71, you never say never, but that would shock me beyond belief.

“Greg Norman and I had sort of a spat you might call it years back, and I doubt that I would get a call from LIV, let’s put it that way.”

Despite his poor relationship with Norman, Maltbie defended the players who’ve joined LIV and indicated he has no issues whatsoever with the controversial league.

“This LIV thing, it’s kind of crazy,” he said. “There’s so much hypocrisy involved in it.”

“I don’t begrudge any player that accepted that money or decided to do that. That’s still a decision that is 1,000% their right. I don’t like the idea that they think they could do that and play the PGA Tour. I don’t follow that, but I’m not upset with it.

“There are people that have this moral outrage about accepting money from the Saudi Investment Fund and it’s like, really? All the business that our government does with Saudi Arabia, and the largest corporations in America, so many of them do some business with the Saudis.

“Why all of a sudden are golfers the moral compass of the world? I don’t understand that. So, I have no problem with those guys taking that money.”

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