Greg Norman Pledges to Support LIV Golf Players: ‘We Will Stand Up for You and Assist You’
TULSA, Okla. – Greg Norman and LIV Golf Investments have pledged their support and backing to players who choose to participate in the contentious events following the decisions of the PGA Tour and DP World Tour not to grant releases from contentious events.
The first event, scheduled for June 9-11 at the Centurion Club outside London, will go ahead as planned, Norman said, with a full field of 48 players and organizational support for those who compete, according to a report. letter he sent on Sunday. and obtained from SI.com/Morning Read.
“Simply put, these Tours have no right to restrict your ability to play as you see fit or take action against you,” Norman wrote. “In any case, we want you to know that LIV Golf has your back and will defend and assist you if either tour attempts to act against your interests and the progress of the sport.”
Norman, the two-time major winner who in October was named CEO of LIV Golf Investments and commissioner of a new league now set to begin play in October, has long believed, going back to his playing days, that the PGA Tour was too restrictive. when it comes to independent contractors able to compete where and when they want.
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PGA Tour members agree to play a minimum of 15 events per year while also needing releases – essentially permission – to play conflicting events overseas. Those releases have never been granted for events in North America, and the LIV Golf Invitational Series has five scheduled this year, including one in early July outside of Portland, Oregon.
The Tour said last week that it would not allow its players to participate in these events and that they face penalties if they do.
“To be clear, this action in no way diminishes our resolve,” Norman said. “We will have a full field in London, no matter what the Tours do. We find it hard to understand how they can justify their efforts to prevent you, as independent contractors, from playing professional golf wherever and whenever you want. It serves you and the sport.”
Norman added: “We welcome your game to other circuits and believe that other circuits should welcome your game to our events. This mutual recognition is the best outcome for players, fans and the entire golf community, and we are dedicated to it. This will become even clearer when we unveil our local community program for London and LIV’s global charitable commitment.”
The field for the first $25 million tournament is expected to be announced in the coming weeks, Norman said.