Hall of Fame golfer Greg Norman said on Saturday he was “disappointed” with the PGA Tour for suspending golfers for joining the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational series.
After explaining his decision to lead the charge on the creation of the league, Norman said the “hypocrisy” of the PGA was “deafening”.
“[G]olf is a force for good,” Norman explained on Fox News Channel’s “One Nation.” “And to be honest with you, what I saw in Saudi Arabia, the European PGA Tour since 2019 had a golf tournament, the Saudi International, which is still in existence since 2019. And during that Saudi International, there was PGA Tour players who have been granted rights and waivers to go and play there So for me, if golf is good for the world, golf is good for Saudi Arabia, and you see that internal growth there – it is extremely impressive.
He continued, “And when you look at the PIF and what they’ve done with other direct and indirect investments around the world, well, I imagine there’s a lot of consumers and people watching this issue who have been the benefactors of these investments.
Norman was asked about the backlash the LIV tour received.
“[L]ok, I’m disappointed that people are going down this road, quite honestly,” he replied. “Listen, if they want to look at it through a prism, then why does the PGA Tour have 23 sponsors doing over $40 billion in business with Saudi Arabia? Why is it OK for sponsors ?
“Will be [PGA Tour commissioner] Jay Monahan goes to each of these CEOs of the 23 companies investing in Saudi Arabia, suspends them and bans them? The hypocrisy in all of this – it’s so loud, it’s deafening, Brian.
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