Golf news 2022: the texts of LIV Golf between Greg Norman and Sergio Garcia revealed

Text messages exchanged between Greg Norman and Sergio Garcia ahead of LIV Golf have emerged.

Golfers who joined Norman on the Saudi-backed LIV Tour face an indefinite ban from the PGA Tour, and a group led by Phil Mickelson is suing them for violating antitrust laws, claiming the Tour lacks the power to impose this penalty. As part of that lawsuit, the golfers featured text messages between Norman and Garcia, who joined the rebel tour in June.

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Text messages reveal Garcia was relaying PGA Tour plans to enforce golfer bans when the LIV defections occurred.

After sending brief jokes on February 11, Garcia got down to business, texting Norman: “I just wanted to see how things are going with the League because it seems like a lot of these guys who liked him and excited last week. , now are shitting in their pants.

Norman replied, “Hello. Everything is going great. I haven’t heard the white noise of shitting their pants. Who are you referring to so I can check in?”

Garcia replied that it was “some of the younger guys” and that he thought “the (PGA) Tour reached out to them and kinda scared them and because they’re young I think that walked”.

Norman was adamant that the PGA Tour did not have the legal status to issue a ban.

“If you have any names I can contact them,” he wrote.

“As far as the Tour is concerned, if they were to ban players, they would have done so already. They know they can’t therefore act apart from verbal threats. If you can get them or if a player threatens to getting it (in writing) is fantastic. Thank you.”

The text messages in the lawsuit were discovered by Dylan Dethier of Golf Magazine.

Six days after the initial trade, Garcia informed Norman that “the Tour told our managers this week that anyone who signs with the League is banned from the Tour for life! I don’t know how we’re going to get that. “enough good players join the League under (these) conditions. What do you think.”

Norman again assured Garcia that this would not be legally possible.

“They can’t ban you for a day let alone your life,” Norman texted. “It’s a superficial threat. Ask them to put it in writing to you or any player. I bet they don’t. Glad for anyone to speak with our legal team to better understand that they have no chance of applying.

“Who said there would be a lifetime ban? And to whom? You? Or your agent? What exactly are they saying? Important to know these facts. Also, I’ll look for something to show you why they can’t.

Garcia explained his understanding of what happened.

“The commissioner had a meeting with the 5 or 6 biggest golf manager agencies, mine included, and first told them that if any of their players had signed with the league (LIV), that they should leave the room and after that they talked about what the (PGA Tour) is going to do in the future and that anyone who signs with (LIV) would be (banned) from the (PGA Tour) for life. ‘have in writing, but I doubt they will,’ he wrote.

Garcia finally joined LIV Golf after an epic PGA Tour-directed slump in May.

Star golfers who are said to have earned over A$143 million each from LIV Golf are Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau.

This article originally appeared on the New York Post and has been reproduced with permission

Michael C. Ford