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Golf legend Greg Norman, who has come beneath hearth over his Saudi-funded LIV Golf league, disregarded criticism throughout an interview with Tucker Carlson on Sunday, the place he outlined his plan to revolutionize the game and revealed particulars of a multi-million greenback supply LIV made to Tiger Woods.

Norman sat down with Carlson at Trump’s golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey on Sunday following the ultimate spherical of the third LIV Golf match, which featured 48 worldwide golfers competing for the $25 million prize cash.

The PGA Tour’s rival has been the goal of immense backlash due to its ties to the Saudi Arabian authorities. Nonetheless, LIV Golf has been capable of lure golfers like Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed and Dustin Johnson whereas taking hearth from Rory McIlroy and others.

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Norman stated his league was pressured to delay its official launch in February after unspecified “obstacles” have been thrown his method by the PGA Tour.

Greg Norman, CEO and commissioner of LIV Golf, talks with former U.S. President Donald Trump on the first tee during the pro-am prior to the LIV Golf Invitational - Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 28, 2022 in Bedminster, New Jersey. 

Greg Norman, CEO and commissioner of LIV Golf, talks with former U.S. President Donald Trump on the primary tee in the course of the pro-am previous to the LIV Golf Invitational – Bedminster at Trump Nationwide Golf Membership Bedminster on July 28, 2022 in Bedminster, New Jersey. 
(Charles Laberge/LIV Golf through Getty Photographs)

“We determined to take a step again, analyze the scenario. We knew our mannequin was the place it was. We knew that it was there it wasn’t going anyplace. The cash was within the financial institution,” he informed Carlson,”so we made an adjustment and we labored round each impediment that’s been thrown in our path, so we got here up with the invitational collection.”

Norman used the time to survey followers about what they felt the game was missing, he stated, and the way they thought the fan engagement could possibly be improved.

“Our mannequin is 100% constructed round the gulf ecosystem from the floor up,” Norman informed Carlson. “We aren’t attempting to destroy the PGA tour or the European tour. We’re they’re to work inside the ecosystem to indicate that it’s a sufficiently big area. It’s a multibillion-dollar trade.”

Norman stated it “blows my thoughts,” that sponsors have dropped pro-golfers for becoming a member of LIV due to its Saudi ties, regardless of having themselves performed billions of {dollars} of enterprise in Saudi Arabia.

“The PGA tour, I believe, has about 27 sponsors who do 40-plus billion {dollars} price of annual enterprise on an annual foundation in Saudi Arabia,” he stated.

Henrik Stenson of Majesticks GC poses with the first place individual trophy after winning during day three of the LIV Golf Invitational - Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 31, 2022 in Bedminster, New Jersey. 

Henrik Stenson of Majesticks GC poses with the primary place particular person trophy after successful throughout day three of the LIV Golf Invitational – Bedminster at Trump Nationwide Golf Membership Bedminster on July 31, 2022 in Bedminster, New Jersey. 
(Charles Laberge/LIV Golf through Getty Photographs))

“Why doesn’t the PGA tour name the CEOs of [these businesses] saying that we will’t do enterprise with you since you are doing enterprise with Saudi Arabia? Why are they selecting on the skilled golfers? The male skilled golfers,” Norman went on.

Norman stated the PGA is unwilling to make room for one more high-level U.S. golf tour as a result of it threatens the monopoly they’ve lengthy loved. 

“It’s a monopoly. They only need to shut us down no matter method they will,” he stated, “so they’ll use no matter leverage level they will.” 

Nonetheless, Norman stated he is assured about the way forward for LIV Golf.

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 “They’re not going to close us down as a result of the product is talking for itself. We’ve virtually each day, we get calls on daily basis from gamers [saying] ‘I would like in…the record will get longer and longer for the gamers who need to come in. Which once more, is a testomony to the correct white noise.”

Requested why his rival tour has brought about such an uproar amongst American golf followers, Norman responded plainly, “I do not know.”

Tiger Woods of the United States lines up a putt on the 12th green during the third round of the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club on May 21, 2022.

Tiger Woods of the US traces up a putt on the twelfth inexperienced in the course of the third spherical of the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills Nation Membership on Could 21, 2022.
(Photograph by Christian Petersen/Getty Photographs)

“I actually do not care,” he added. “I simply love the sport a lot and I need to develop the sport of golf and we at LIV see that chance not only for the boys however for the ladies. We at LIV see it for NCAA and youthful generations. We at LIV see it as a pathway to alternatives for the children to expertise a brand new on the market. 

He continued, “LIV is the way forward for golf…since you don’t see what we see within the future. CSR applications, training applications, all of the stuff that’s on the market that we need to get entangled with for golf and rising the sport of golf,” Norman stated.

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 Norman later revealed to Carlson that LIV Golf made a suggestion to Tiger Woods within the $700 million to $800 million vary. Woods in the end declined and has remained a loyal member of the PGA tour.

Carlson requested whether or not it was true that LIV provided .$700M-$800M to Woods.

“That quantity has been on the market, sure,” Norman responded. “Tiger is a needle mover. So course you bought to take a look at the better of the perfect. That they had initially approached Tiger earlier than I grew to become CEO,” he stated, “including, “sure, that quantity is someplace in that neighborhood.”

Fox Information’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.

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