LIV Golf: Golf legend Greg Norman pressed behind closed doorways in ‘full of life’ GOP dialogue about Saudi-backed LIV tour


Greg Norman, the pinnacle of the controversial Saudi-backed LIV Golf tour, confronted some conservative criticism on Tuesday after he met with a gaggle of Home Republicans behind closed doorways on Capitol Hill.

Norman, on a visit to Washington as a part of a public-relations push to promote lawmakers about the advantages of the PGA tour’s new rival, was additionally questioned throughout the Republican Examine Committee assembly about his league’s Saudi financing.

LIV Golf is backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding Fund (PIF) – a sovereign wealth fund chaired by Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia – and has pledged to award $250 million in whole prize cash.

Rep. Chip Roy, a Texas Republican, instructed that he didn’t mince phrases with Norman, who advised the Republican that the purpose of his tour is “competition” – an assertion that Roy thought was “nonsense,” although he mentioned he’d be joyful to take a seat down and discuss with Norman about it additional.

“Don’t sell us, ‘This is just about competition’ when they won’t answer about a billion dollars to buy off PGA players resulting in a billion dollars of PR for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” Roy advised CNN, saying they might be in violation of the International Brokers Registration Act.

LIV Golf has spent eye-popping sums to poach high PGA tour gamers, reportedly providing 9 figures for people simply to signal with the brand new league and massive purses for the winners of its tournaments. In early August, Norman confirmed on Fox Information that golf legend Tiger Woods turned down a suggestion price roughly $700-$800 million to hitch LIV Golf.

Rep. Jim Banks, the chairman of the Republican Examine Committee, advised CNN that it was “lively discussion” and that general Norman was “well received by our members.”

The Indiana Republican famous that Norman requested to satisfy together with his group, which has common conferences with outdoors visitors.

“Some members addressed the Saudi-backed funding. That came up in the discussion, and Mr. Norman addressed those issues,” Banks mentioned. “He explained how the investment fund is set up and other investments that they’ve made in the United States. He promised to sit down with members individually.”

Banks mentioned “there was no ask” by Norman for Congress to behave on the league’s behalf and that the aim of the assembly was extra “public relations” than anything.

Banks added: “If Tiger Woods wants to come in and talk about the PGA and his issues with LIV Golf, we’d love to have him come too.”

LIV Golf gamers haven’t been granted permission to play on this week’s Presidents Cup, a biennial competitors pitting an Worldwide Staff and a US Staff towards one another, which tees off on Thursday.

For Worldwide captain Trevor Immelman, that proved a variety headache with gamers like Open champion Cameron Smith, Chile’s Joaquin Niemann and South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen barred from taking part in.

“I would say hugely disruptive is probably an understatement,” Immelman advised CNN Sport’s Don Riddell. “It sure has been an interesting process.”

The US Staff has been uncovered to the identical downside with Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau all unavailable having switched to the LIV Golf sequence.

However opposing captain Davis Love III arguably has extra depth at his disposal than Immelman, who lamented the absence of some “incredible players” from the group.

The Worldwide Staff has an unfavorable document within the Presidents Cup having received simply as soon as in 13 editions of the competitors.

“Over the last year or so, as these fractures (between LIV Golf and the PGA Tour) were starting to occur, every single player on our squad knew exactly what the rules were and knew what decisions they needed to make in order to have the opportunity to play in the Presidents Cup,” he added.

Requested if he would miss the likes of Smith, Niemann and Oosthuizen, Immelman mentioned: “These guys are unimaginable gamers. They’re gamers which have performed Presidents Cups. They’ve the expertise of being in that cauldron, understanding what it takes. However, you recognize, like I mentioned, they knew the selections that they wanted to make to be able to be eligible for the Presidents Cup.

“All of that information was part of their decision-making process. So the communication was very open. Everybody knew exactly where they stood and they made the decisions that they thought were best for them, and I respect their decisions.”

This 12 months’s Presidents Cup is being held at Quail Hole in Charlotte, North Carolina, and concludes on Sunday.