LIV Golf chief Greg Norman says he pays ‘NO attention’ to PGA Tour loyalists Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy as he admits he will be with the Saudi-backed series ‘for a long, long period”
LIV CEO Greg Norman doesn’t care about criticism from PGA Tour golfers Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.
As the acrimonious feud between the two tours heats up, Norman said he pays no attention to what Woods and McIlroy are saying.
Earlier this week, Woods said Norman “has to go,” the same sentiment McIlroy expressed last month.
“I pay no attention to McIlroy and Woods, do I?” Norman told Today’s Golfer on Saturday. “They have their agenda for some reason. They say what they mean. It has no bearing or effect on me. I will be with LIV for a very, very long time.
The new Saudi-backed tour has driven many PGA golfers away due to higher financial payouts.
LIV’s Greg Norman (R) doesn’t care about criticism from Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy (L)
Meanwhile, golfers loyal to the PGA Tour have been upset with the operation of LIV, led by Norman.
There is also the issue of two parties suing the other.
Woods said the two tours could not find peace until Norman was removed from his leadership role.
Woods was the most high-profile player to speak out against the Saudi-funded LIV series
“I see there’s an opportunity if the two organizations suspend their litigation,” Woods said Tuesday at the Hero World Challenge, where he is hosting the event.
“But that’s the problem – they have to put this on hold. And whether they do or not, there is no willingness to negotiate if you have a dispute against you.
“So if they both have a stay and then a break and then they can meet and find something, then maybe there is something to be had. But I think Greg has to go, first of all, then obviously the lawsuit against us and then our counter-lawsuit against them, then those should also be put on hold. Then we can talk, we can all talk freely.
Woods’ remarks were similar to those made by McIlroy at the DP World Tour Championship last month.
Rory McIlroy called on Greg Norman to step down as CEO of LIV and Woods echoed that
“So I think there are a few things that need to happen,” McIlroy said. “So obviously there are two lawsuits going on at the moment – there’s PGA Tour against LIV, and there’s this one coming with the DP World Tour in February. Nothing will happen if those two things continue, especially — yes, you are limited in what you can do.
“And then I think based on everything that’s been going on with those two things, there’s a few things that I’d like to see from the LIV side that need to happen. I think Greg needs to go. I think he just needs to leave the stage left. He’s made his mark, but I think it’s a good time to kind of say, listen, you’ve got this thing on the floor, but nobody’s gonna talk unless there’s an adult in the room who can actually try to mend fences.’
Norman thinks he can be the one to mend the fences despite what Woods and McIlroy think.
“Of course it can happen under my guidance,” Norman told Today’s Golfer. “I mean, Tiger could be a messenger, right? Who knows. All I know is that we’re going to keep doing what we’re doing with LIV, and we’re just going to keep moving forward.
In fact, the two-time major winner and World Golf Hall of Famer says he’s doing a solid job running LIV.
“No matter where I go in the world, no one – not a single person – has said what I’m doing is stupid or wrong,” Norman said.