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LIV Golf responds after shock report regarding Greg Norman’s future emerges

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In music terms, LIV Golf is preparing itself for that difficult second album.

After mixed reviews, and an awful lot of lucrative payouts, the Saudi-backed series will resume in 2023 with a program the organizers may tag as, ‘Golf, but even louder’.

With 14 planned events and the threat/promise of more star names jumping ship from the main tours, LIV are also confident of securing a broadcast deal to showcase their $400 million-plus of prize-money.

Two-time major winner and current LIV CEO Greg Norman has been at the forefront of media promotion from the start of even the mere notion of a breakaway tour, and is easily the most recognized face of a series that keeps modesty aside when declaring itself as having “no interest” in talking to the PGA Tour about a truce, as “our product is working.”

However, according to The Telegraph, Saudi chiefs are in talks with Mark King, former CEO of Taylor Made, the man that took the golf brand from a turnover of $263 million to $1.5 billion during his 12 year tenure to take over Norman’s role.

Proven not only at one company, King was also a success as President of Adidas North America, again increasing the company’s turnover by a significant quarter in his final year.

The report suggests that the boardroom at LIV are seeking some return from what has already been an eye-watering financial investment, with the un-named source commenting:

“The Saudis have already committed more than $2 billion to this and clearly want the business plan to be defined and for it all to be seen as rather less chaotic. The fact it has been frenetic is completely understandable as they have had to do everything off the hoof and where they have got to off a standing start–albeit with an open chequebook–is impressive.”

Whilst the source indicates that the ‘plan’ is on course, there is little doubt that King, current CEO of Taco Bell, would be a less polarizing character, and perhaps taken more seriously as the head of a business that sees itself as “another tour among existing tours” within five years.

King has been seen at several recent LIV events and is reported to have spoken with Yasir Al-Rumayyan–Governor of the Saudi Public Investment (PIF) and Chairman of Saudi Aramco, a company heavily involved in women’s golf, a facet that Norman has always said is on LIV’s agenda.

The report, however, has prompted responses from both LIV’s Managing Director Majed Al-Sorour, who told Bob Harig of SI:

“Greg Norman is our CEO and commissioner. Any suggestion that changes are being made to Greg’s title or role is patently false.”

While Norman’s son called the report “BS”.

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  1. Joe

    Nov 22, 2022 at 1:45 pm

    Money can’t buy love.

  2. Bob

    Nov 11, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    Just look at self-made man Greg Jr. go! Yea dad!

    Seriously?

  3. LL

    Nov 11, 2022 at 4:29 pm

    Bob Harig is pure garbage. All he does is run his mouth. Why anyone would believe him is beyond me.

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Report: Steve Williams ends retirement and will caddie this month

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According to Evin Priest of Golf Digest, Steve Williams will be returning to caddie duties this month.

Per the report, Williams will be on the bag for Adam Scott at the upcoming Australian PGA Championship, being played at Royal Queensland in Brisbane, and the Australian Open at Kingston Heath and Victoria G.C. on the Melbourne Sandbelt.

The New Zealander was on Adam Scott’s bag for his historic 2013 Masters Championship victory, and the duo will also look to make one more run at a major next season as Williams will likely loop for the Aussie at the majors, per the report.

Williams is best known for his work as Tiger Woods’ caddie from 1999-2011 but it was widely reported that he was was let go by Woods after he caddied for Scott while Tiger was recovering from an injury.

While speaking to Golf Digest, Scott outlined his excitement that Williams would be returning to his bag, with his usual caddie Greg Hearmon continuing to work with him as well.

“For me it’s exciting to work again with Steve and see if we can rediscover the magic. As a player, you experience different points in your career. Right now, on the PGA Tour is a time of change, and I’m adjusting to it. Having Steve and Greg doing a job share is going to help me get everything I need and that’s to be fresh at the biggest events.”

Scott and Williams stopped working together in 2017, and since then Scott has been a bit less competitive in majors as he was prior to the split.

“My goal is to win majors; I had a good run with Steve in the majors and we did win the Masters, but it’s about getting an overall balance for what I need to perform in the biggest events,” Scott said. “Steve is at a point in his life where he’d like to have a dabble again, so to speak. It’s a good balance for him because it won’t be a full year’s grind.”

Williams is looking forward to getting to work as well, saying he’s going to bring “a lot of enthusiasm”.

“The time I spent caddying for Adam was very memorable; helping him becoming the first Australian to win at Augusta,” Williams said. “I feel Adam is in a good shape with his game, and I’m fresh having not caddied for a few years, so I’ll bring a lot of enthusiasm.”

“I’ve always said to Adam and to others, to be remembered as one of the great players, you have to win multiple majors. The opportunity to try and get Adam major No. 2 and elevate himself to a special group of players in history, would be a privilege.”

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Nick Faldo makes bold Tiger call and aims cheeky dig at Rickie Fowler during ESPN appearance

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Back in 2021, golf legend Nick Faldo took a shot at Rickie Fowler. After missing the cut of the 2021 Masters, Faldo said that Fowler now would have the time to “film another six commercials”.

The 65-year-old, who recently retired from the broadcasting booth, apologized for the comments soon after. However, he’s once again made another public remark at Fowler’s expense.

While making an appearance at ESPN’s College Game Day, Faldo was (for lack of a better term) projecting the Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State game when he made some quips about Rickie’s signature orange outfits.

“Oklahoma State’s all about Rickie Fowler. It’s too much orange, Rickie. You’ve gotta ditch the orange. You’ve gotta come out with some new outfits for next year, orange is so last summer, isn’t it? I’m going with Oklahoma.”

Faldo actually made another predication, and one that he is a bit more qualified to make. Sir Nick said that he expects Tiger Woods and his son Charlie to win next month’s PNC Championship.

Last year, the Woods’ finished in second place behind John Daly and his son John Daly II. Tiger and Charlie have yet to commit to the field, but it’s widely expected that they will do so in the coming weeks.

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Cam Smith falls just short in bid to break Guinness World Record

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Cameron Smith has become a global superstar in the game of golf.

Despite receiving criticism for taking a deal worth a reported $140 million to join LIV Golf, his victory at the 150th Open Championship at St. Andrews won’t be soon forgotten.

In addition to the Open Championship victory where he chased down European hero, Rory McIlroy, Smith won the 2022 PLAYERS Championship as well the 2022 Sentry Tournament of Champions.

Smith’s impressive list of achievements combined with his signature mullet has made him a popular player all over the world, but his star will always shine brightest in his native country of Australia. It was back in his home of Queensland where Smith and his coach, Grant Field recently attempted to break the Guinness World Record title for the Largest Golf Lesson.

They needed more than 1,073 people at the lesson to break the record that was set in Mexico in 2011 but unfortunately the attempt fell just short.

The 29-year-old is set to tee it up for the Australian PGA Championship on Thursday and is looking to become the youngest player to win the championship three times.

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