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Greg Norman SLAMS 'anti-competitive' PGA Tour after player requests denied for LIV Golf event

Greg Norman SLAMS PGA Tour for refusing to offer permission for gamers together with Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood to contest Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series and types the choice as ‘anti-competitive’

  • Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood are recognized to have requested for the discharge 
  • The 54-hole event boasts a complete prize fund of $25million with $4m for the winner
  • PGA Tour members had been knowledgeable they will not be granted permission to participate
  • LIV Golf CEO Norman branded the choice as ‘anti-fan’ and ‘anti-golfer’

Greg Norman has hit out on the choice by the PGA Tour to not grant gamers permission to contest subsequent month’s first LIV Golf Invitational Series event, labelling it ‘anti-fan and anti-golfer’.

Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood are among the many gamers recognized to have requested for the required launch to play the 54-hole event at Centurion Club, which boasts a complete prize fund of $25million (£20.2m) and affords $4million (£3.2m) to the winner.

However, PGA Tour members had been knowledgeable on Tuesday that releases is not going to be granted, leaving them open to sanctions in the event that they do tee it up in St Albans from June 11th of September.

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Greg Norman (proper) isn’t pleased with the PGA Tour’s choice to refuse gamers together with Phil Mickelson (left) permission for them to compete on the LIV Golf Invitational Series event

Lee Westwood  was also known to have asked for the required release to play the event

Lee Westwood  was additionally recognized to have requested for the required launch to play the event

In a press release, LIV Golf CEO Norman mentioned: ‘Sadly, the PGA Tour appears intent on denying skilled golfers their proper to play golf, until it is completely in a PGA Tour match.

‘This is especially disappointing in mild of the Tour’s non-profit standing, the place its mission is purportedly ‘to advertise the frequent pursuits {of professional} match golfers.’

‘Instead, the Tour is intent on perpetuating its unlawful monopoly of what ought to be a free and open market. The Tour’s motion is anti-golfer, anti-fan, and anti-competitive.

‘But it doesn’t matter what obstacles the PGA Tour places in our manner, we is not going to be stopped. We will proceed to offer gamers choices that promote the good recreation of golf globally.’

The PGA Tour's decision means players could be sanctioned if they attend the event

The PGA Tour’s choice means gamers might be sanctioned in the event that they attend the event

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Releases had been granted for the Saudi International earlier this yr, however that’s an event beforehand staged by the DP World Tour and now sanctioned by the Asian Tour.

The LIV Golf occasions will likely be seen as a possible rival tour, with Norman saying on Monday he has been given an additional 2billion (£1.6b) in funding from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund to construct the collection of eight occasions right into a full 14-event league by 2024.

Given the strategic alliance between the circuits, it seems doubtless the DP World Tour will comply with the PGA Tour in refusing releases for an event held near its headquarters at Wentworth.

In a memo seen by Golf Digest, PGA Tour senior vp Tyler Dennis wrote to gamers: ‘We have notified those that have utilized that their request has been declined in accordance with the PGA Tour Tournament Regulations.

‘As such, tour members will not be approved to take part within the Saudi Golf League’s London event beneath our Regulations. As a membership group, we imagine this choice is in the most effective curiosity of the PGA Tour and its gamers.’

Norman has slammed the decision as 'anti-golfer,' 'anti-fan' and 'anti competitive'

Norman has slammed the choice as ‘anti-golfer,’ ‘anti-fan’ and ‘anti aggressive’

It's claimed the league was ready to start in mid-February until Mickelson's comments about the PGA Tour and Saudi Arabia were published, leading to some players to back out

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It’s claimed the league was prepared to begin in mid-February till Mickelson’s feedback in regards to the PGA Tour and Saudi Arabia had been printed, resulting in some gamers to again out 

The choice will increase the chance of a courtroom battle between the Tour and LIV Golf or particular person gamers.

Norman claimed final week that the league was able to launch in mid-February till Mickelson’s explosive feedback in regards to the PGA Tour and Saudi Arabia had been printed, main some gamers to again out.

‘Of course we’ve got needed to pivot as a result of there have been some obstacles thrown in our manner with a few the establishments – the PGA Tour and DP World Tour – however we’ve got pivoted brilliantly,’ the two-time Open champion informed the BBC.

‘We have pivoted to the truth that we have executed invitationals and these will likely be our start-ups.’

Mickelson has not performed since apologising for his feedback and skipped the Masters final month. He stays on the entry checklist for the defence of his US PGA Championship title subsequent week however has not publicly dedicated to taking part in at Southern Hills.

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