Greg Norman reignites his feud with Tiger Woods over LIV Golf, branding him a ‘mouthpiece for PGA’

Greg Norman has reignited his warfare of wards with Tiger Woods, claiming the 15-time main winner was a ‘mouthpiece’ for the PGA who ignored the truth of LIV Golf.

The breakaway tour and the PGA have been at loggerheads because the former arrived onto the scene amid a lot fanfare and controversy final yr.

Bankrolled by Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding Fund (PIF), LIV Golf has relied on nine-figure sums to lure a few of the sport’s brightest stars away from the PGA Tour, putting additional pressure on an already acrimonious relationship.

Greg Norman has accused Tiger Woods of being a ‘mouthpiece’ for the PGA 

In November Woods instructed Norman must stroll away from the LIV Golf if there was to be any prospect of peace between golf’s warring factions.

However the Australian, who serves as LIV Golf chief govt, hit again on Sunday. 

‘[Woods] doesn’t know the information […] as a result of, clearly, I’m nonetheless right here,’ Norman stated on Fox Information’s One Nation with Brian Kilmeade.

‘Simply making these feedback, I feel, is a sign that he is likely to be a little bit of a mouthpiece for the PGA Tour to attempt to do – to get us to create – or get turmoil, create it internally inside LIV.

Woods said in November that Norman would have to step down if LIV and the PGA Tour were to end their feud and bridge the gap between them

Woods stated in November that Norman must step down if LIV and the PGA Tour had been to finish their feud and bridge the hole between them 

‘Nevertheless it’s not occurring. We’re totally entrenched. We all know the place we’re going. We all know what we’re doing.’

In September, Norman insisted he had no intention to supply an olive department to the PGA Tour and to LIV’s critics.

Since its inception, the breakaway tour has been accused of being a ‘sportswashing’ car for Saudi Arabia’s human rights file.

The gamers who’ve defected to LIV, in the meantime, have been vehemently criticised for buying and selling the status of taking part in in prestigious tournaments such because the Ryder Cup for cash.

Cameron Smith (left) and Dustin Johnson (right) are two of LIV's most high-profile defectors

Cameron Smith (left) and Dustin Johnson (proper) are two of LIV’s most high-profile defectors

The PGA Tour, in the meantime, has hit again by banning the defectors from its match, though LIV gamers can nonetheless characteristic within the majors in the event that they meet they qualifying standards.

Norman acknowledged that PIF was the tour’s sole backer, however insisted Saudi Arabia had restricted involvement within the operating of the tour.

‘PIF is our single-source investor. There’s no query about that, no denying about that,’ he stated.

‘However every thing is as much as LIV Golf Investments. It’s as much as me and my govt crew to run and govern this factor going ahead.’

Norman acknowledged the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, which is governed by Yasir Al-Rumayyan (right), was LIV Golf's sole backer but batted away claims of sportswashing

Norman acknowledged the Public Funding Fund of Saudi Arabia, which is ruled by Yasir Al-Rumayyan (proper), was LIV Golf’s sole backer however batted away claims of sportswashing

The 2-time main winner additionally accused the PGA of hypocrisy, noting a variety of its sponsors had been main traders in Saudi Arabia. 

‘There’s 23 PGA Tour sponsors who make investments as much as $40 billion into Saudi Arabia,’ he continued. 

‘Why – why don’t individuals come down on them? So, there’s the massive query mark of why they’re attacking our credibility.’

In August, the PGA Tour introduced a serious revamp of its monetary construction, revealing all of the gamers on tour will obtain a minimal wage of $500,000 (AUD $714,000)

Prize cash was additionally elevated to maintain tempo with LIV, with the brand new common purse now within the area of $20million (AUD $28.6million).

Alongside Rory McIlroy (left), Woods has been one of the most vehement critics of LIV Golf

Alongside Rory McIlroy (left), Woods has been one of the vital vehement critics of LIV Golf 

However Woods, who alongside Rory McIlroy has been by far essentially the most distinguished critic of LIV, admitted the PGA Tour confronted a dropping battle in making an attempt to match the breakaway tour’s monetary may.

‘They wish to be a validated tour with world rating factors they usually’re shopping for up excursions all over the world and I do not know what their finish sport is,’ he stated.

‘It is likely to be simply being an official member of the golf ecosystem and being recognised with world rating factors.

‘I feel that is what their supposed purpose is. You understand, they’ve spent in all probability near $2billion this yr. Who’s to say they can not spend $4bn or $5bn subsequent yr? We simply do not know. It is an limitless pit of cash.’

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