Greg Norman Slams the PGA Tour’s “Illegal Monopoly”

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Greg Norman gets interviewed by the Golf Channel on the 13th tee during the first round of the PNC Father/Son Challenge at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club on Dec 14, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Manuela Davies via Getty Images)

Greg Norman has slammed the decision by the PGA Tour to ban its members from participating in next month’s maiden LIV Golf Invitational Series event in London, labelling it “anti-fan and anti-golfer”.

The 54-hole event, to be contested June 9-11 at Centurion Club, will offer a total prize fund of $25 million, with $4 million awarded to the winner. To put the money into perspective, this week’s PGA Tour stop at the AT&T Byron Nelson has a total prize fund of $9,100,000, with $1,638,000 going to the winner. Next week’s PGA Championship – the season’s second major – has a $15 million pot, $10 million less than a 54-hole event on Norman’s tour.

PGA Tour members, though, were informed via a Tuesday memo that releases would not be permitted, thereby guaranteeing players would be disciplined if they decide to tee it up in St Albans.

“Sadly, the PGA Tour seems intent on denying professional golfers their right to play golf, unless it’s exclusively in a PGA Tour tournament,” said LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman in a released statement.

“This is particularly disappointing in light of the Tour’s non-profit status, where its mission is purportedly ‘to promote the common interests of professional tournament golfers.’

“Instead, the Tour is intent on perpetuating its illegal monopoly of what should be a free and open market. The Tour’s action is anti-golfer, anti-fan, and anti-competitive.

“But no matter what obstacles the PGA Tour puts in our way, we will not be stopped. We will continue to give players options that promote the great game of golf globally.”

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Ron Cross, Chief Events Officer of LIV Golf, Atul Khosla Chief Operating Officer of LIV Golf and former Australian golfer Greg Norman, Chief Executive of LIV Golf, hold a press conference for the forthcoming LIV Golf event at The Centurion Club in St Albans, north of London, on May 11, 2022. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

Releases were granted for the Saudi International earlier this year, but that n event is not part of LIV Golf’s Invitational Series.

On Monday Norman announced an additional $2 billion in funding from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund to scale the series (currently eight events) into a full 14-event league by 2024.

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