Greg Norman SUES PGAT Board for Abuse/Blackmail towards LIV players

The LIV Golf CEO labeled the abuse experienced by players who first joined the tour in 2022 as “disgusting”, while Phil Mickelson called for less “hostility” in the sport Greg Norman says LIV Golf players experienced “vitriol and hatred” when the tour first started in 2022.

Speaking in an extended interview with Bloomberg’s Latitude, the LIV Golf chief executive commended the players who first defected to the Saudi-funded circuit, despite what he called a “disgusting” wave of criticism and abuse from the golfing world. “I compliment the boys who came on – the first movers,” Norman said. “They came on with a massive amount of headwinds. The vitriol and the hatred was just disgusting, to be honest with you.”LIV Golf, which is now in its third year, arrived on the scene in the face of significant pushback from fans, commentators and the golfing establishment.

The tour is funded by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), with critics suggesting that LIV was used as a way for the Saudi government to ‘sportswash’ its image.Meanwhile, players who did move to LIV for big six-or-seven-figures also received their fair share of criticism from the golfing world.

Tiger Woods was one of many to speak out against the rival tour, saying ahead of the 2022 Open Championship that he “disagrees with it” and LIV players “turned their back on what has allowed them to get to this position”.

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