Furious Greg Norman calls critic a ‘paid talking bobblehead’ as he reveals how PGA Tour could have stopped his Saudi-backed LIV rebel series before it even got started
- Norman has lashed out at LIV Golf critics, calling one a ‘paid talking bobblehead’
- It comes as reports indicate fellow Aussie Cameron Smith may join the tour
- Norman pointed the finger squarely at the PGA Tour for golf’s civil war
- He claimed the governing body could have ended clash before it began
Aussie golfing great Greg Norman has teed off yet again at critics of his LIV Golf Series, branding one analyst a ‘paid talking bobblehead’ and lashing out at the PGA Tour for their ‘baffling’ response to his rebel tour.
Golf remains in the grips of an increasingly hostile civil war as LIV continues to poach some of the world’s top players, backed by money from the Saudi Arabian government – which many in the world consider to be ‘sports washing’ to get people to overlook the country’s human rights abuses.
Norman certainly doesn’t, though, and believes his legacy remains intact despite the intense criticism he faces.
The two-time Major winner said he was very proud of ‘my vision, my belief, my commitment’ in establishing LIV Golf, and pointed the finger squarely at the PGA Tour when it came to golf’s civil war.
Greg Norman (centre) with the team championship winners at the LIV Golf Invitational on July 2: Dustin Johnson, Pat Perez, Talor Gooch and Patrick Reed
‘Jay Monahan (the PGA Tour commissioner), if he had the decency to take our meetings right from the get-go none of this stuff would be in place today,’ Norman said in an interview with the Palm Beach Post.
He ‘100 per cent’ believes a merger between the two rival tours is possible, saying ‘golf would be in a much better place’, but is disappointed the PGA hasn’t come to the party and joined forces.
‘It just baffles me they haven’t even had the decency to do it. We opened the door for them a couple of times and they didn’t want to come in,’ said Norman.
Greg Norman throws a beer to a fan from the pavilion at the 18th green of the LIV Golf Invitational at Portland on July 2
The PGA Tour will undoubtedly be proud of the terrific entertainment the British Open was for golf watchers, with Aussie Cameron Smith pulling out an astonishing 64 in the final round to win the Claret Jug.
That being said, LIV Golf cast an ominous shadow over the tournament – especially with reports Smith is set to turn his back on the PGA and sign with the LIV ‘rebels.’
Norman foreshadowed Smith and many other top players signing, saying ‘we have more announcements coming’.
Cameron Smith celebrates his British Open win earlier in the week
Reports indicate the British Open champion, who angrily brushed the suggestions in the press conference after his win, will join six other players in announcing their defection.
Henrik Stenson, a Ryder Cup captain, will ‘imminently’ be announced, while it’s claimed Aussie Marc Leishman will also join the rebel tour.
‘The Shark’ revealed the motivation for starting his own league went as far back as 1994, with the late Kerry Packer his main inspiration, after what the media baron did with World Series Cricket.
Aussie golfing great Greg Norman with wife Kirsten Kutner
He has long-believed the ‘monopoly’ of the PGA Tour needed to be attacked, and criticised the ‘hypocrites’ who were attacking LIV.
‘Shame on (those) who create this firestorm of controversy when you look within their own system when they got 23 odd sponsors who do $40-plus billion of business with Saudi Arabia. C’mon, seriously?’ said Norman.
Norman reserved his harshest criticism though for former pro and golf analyst Brandel Chamblee, after he had called for the Aussie to be removed from the World Golf Hall of Game.
‘I find it laughable. Has Brandel Chamblee ever been to Saudi Arabia? Has he ever built a golf course in a third world country? He’s a paid talking bobblehead … sadly, you’re making yourself look like a jerk,’ he said of Chamblee.
Spectators crowd around Dustin Johnson during the LIV Golf Invitational earlier this month
The next LIV event is set to take place from July 29 – 31 at the Donald Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
9/11 families have implored Trump to cancel the event based on the Saudi-backed money, while Trump himself took to social media to implore Smith and other golfers to ‘take the money now.’
‘All of those golfers that remain ‘loyal’ to the very disloyal PGA, in all of its different forms, will pay a big price when the inevitable MERGER with LIV comes, and you get nothing but a big ‘thank you’ from PGA officials who are making Millions of Dollars a year,’ he wrote on Truth Social.
Watch this space – there is plenty more to play out in golfing’s civil war.
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