Monday, June 5, 2023

Greg Norman says he met with Justin Thomas to discuss LIV Golf, ‘door is open’ for Rory McIlroy despite his views on CEO

Another day, another opportunity for Greg Norman to make headlines.

The CEO of LIV Golf has been making the rounds as of late, his latest stop coming with Bunker Magazine.

According to the report Norman claimed he met Justin Thomas, one of the biggest names in golf, to discuss the possibility of adding him to the Saudi-backed circuit.

“I mean, we talked to JT,” he said. “Me and another member of my team, we sat down with him and gave him a full presentation and, if you notice, he didn’t say too much negative about what we’re doing, probably because he knows it and understand it.”

Because of his relationship with Tiger Woods, one of the PGA Tour’s biggest supporters, it’s hard to imagine Thomas entertaining the idea of ​​leaving.

Justin Thomas and Tiger Woods wait to hit the 15th tee during the practice round of the 2020 Masters Tournament at Augusta National GC. (Photo: Michael Madrid/USA TODAY Sports)

Norman also said that the door is not closed to anyone to join the LIV, including Rory McIlroy, who said the Australian was removed from his position to begin coexistence of the Tour and the LIV. should go.

Norman said, “Our door is open to everybody.” “We’re not the PGA Tour. We’re not like that. We exist for the players, so we’ll always have an open door, whether it’s Rory or Jordan Spieth or Justin Thomas or whoever,

Before the DP World Tour Championships in November, McIlroy said this about Norman: “Greg (Norman) needs to go. He needs to exit step left. He’s made his mark, but I think now is a good time to say you’ve got this thing off the ground, but no one’s going to talk unless there’s an adult in the room who’s actually mending fences. may try.

A few weeks later, Woods expressed a similar sentiment.

“I think[Greg Norman]has to go first, and then obviously the lawsuit against us and then our countersuit against him. Then he has to stop, then we can talk, we can all have a free conversation.” .

“As it is now, not now, not with their leadership, not with Greg there and their animosity towards touring. I don’t see that happening.”

Norman addressed those comments to Bunkered, saying: “Rory and Tiger have no idea what they’re talking about. Nobody, nothing. I have full support from my president. One hundred percent. One thousand percent. Nothing ever to suggest otherwise.” But I know what they’re trying to do. They’re trying to lure me into publicly engaging in this back and forth with them and I’m not going down that childish path.

“I am totally confident, totally proud and totally committed to the work and it is building LIV Golf and giving players and fans another kind of golf to enjoy. And Joe What you already see is that LIV is a leader. The PGA Tour and the DP World Tour, they are followers.

“LIV has brought more value to the game by creating reserve money that was already sitting on the sidelines, and finally bringing it into play. If it weren’t for LIV, the PGA Tour wouldn’t have done what they have. They basically copied our homework.”

Norman shouldn’t be holding his breath hoping McIlroy jumps overboard, especially after digging like this.

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