LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman finally responded to laughable demands by Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods that the Aussie legend step down as the upstart league’s chief executive.
In response to the coordinated attacks, the longtime world No.1 said: “I pay zero attention to McIlroy and Woods, right?”
He added: “They have their agenda for whatever reason. They’re saying whatever they want to say. It has no bearing or effect on me. I’m going to be with LIV for a long, long period of time.
“I am not going anywhere. I don’t care what anybody says. I’m not going anywhere. I am so proud of the position I am in and maybe, maybe, it’s my leadership that has them scared.”
Norman’s response was first reported by Today’s Golfer.
Earlier this week, during a press conference ahead of the PGA Tour’s Hero World Challenge, the tournament host, Woods, said, “I think (Greg Norman) has to go, first of all. And then obviously the litigation against us and then our countersuit against them. Those would then have to be at a stay as well, then we can talk, we can all talk freely. Right now as it is, not right now, not with their leadership, not with Greg there and his animosity towards the tour itself. I don’t see that happening.”
During the interview with Today’s Golfer, Norman again blasted the PGA Tour’s monopoly:
“When the monopolist’s territory is getting threatened, they’re going to rear their ugly head up and do what they do. But from my whole perspective, I’ve always taken the high road this year. I will continue to take the high road because I believe in our business model. I believe in our people, I believe in the players’ independent rights, and we’ve already seen a dramatic shift in our audience.”
Norman also refuted news reports that he was being replaced by Taco Bell’s Mark King, the former CEO at TaylorMade.
“I’ve got the support of our investors,” he added. “Our ambitions going forward I can tell you are pretty significant and elevated from where we are in 2022.”
The LIV Golf League recently announced four new events for 2023, highlighted by an event at Mayakoba in February and Valderrama in early July.