Greg Norman asked by PGA Tour not to attend his Shark Shootout tournament, LIV Golf

Greg Norman says he was asked not to attend the Shootout in December, a PGA Tour-sanctioned event he started in 1989 as the Shark Shootout, which takes place on the Tiburon Golf Club course that ‘he designed.

It’s unclear who asked the two-time major winner not to attend the December 9-11 tournament.

Norman, who is in Washington to meet with members of Congress about his Saudi-funded LIV Golf series, revealed the news in an Instagram post without saying who was behind the decision.

READ MORE: Fagan ‘doesn’t remember’ key Hawks accusation

READ MORE: ‘Deserved’ NRL winner set to miss major medal

READ MORE: The crisis forces the call of a rugby club to the owner of a pizzeria

“Why would anyone ask? Maybe it’s because I’m helping give golf a new heartbeat, creating new value, and delivering a new product loved by players, fans, and broadcasters alike,” the post read.

“And in doing so, finally giving players their rights as independent contractors to benefit from their performance and their brand.

“In some people’s minds, it’s too disruptive and evolution is seen as a bad thing. I disagree – competition breeds excellence.

The Shootout was the first of the PGA Tour’s unofficial off-season events to raise more than $1.5 million for childhood cancer, a figure which Norman says now exceeds $22 million.

The event is made up of 12 teams of two players who compete in different formats.

Jason Kokrak and Kevin Na are the defending champions. They won’t be returning this year because the PGA Tour suspended players who signed with LIV Golf, and the Shootout is a tour-sanctioned tournament.

While Norman said he would miss the event for the first time in 33 years, he added that the money the tournament raises for charity is what’s most important to him.

Greg Norman watches play during the pro-am round of the Bedminster Invitational LIV golf tournament. (AP)

“As such, I have decided not to attend this year’s event so that the focus can remain on the missions at hand,” he said.

Tournament boss Rob Hartman said the snub was a collective decision.

“As we got closer, the decision was finally made to step back and really let the focus go to our amazing charity partners,” he told the Naples Daily News.

“When he started this event 33 years ago, it was all about charity then, and it’s all about charity now. Greg just made the decision that he didn’t want to distract from that.

The Australian was also asked by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club in July not to attend the festivities surrounding the 150th British Open at St. Andrews due to the distraction created by LIV Golf.

For a daily dose of the best news and exclusive content from Wide World of Sports, subscribe to our newsletter by click here!

Michael C. Ford