Greg Norman addressed the Saudi issues with members of Congress when he argued the LIV Golf case
Greg Norman is ready to address concerns about LIV Golf’s involvement with the state of Saudi Arabia with members of Congress, according to Golfweek.
Norman is the CEO of the fledgling golf series and has tried to lure some of the game’s most prominent players with lucrative entry fees and winnings. The money involved in the breakaway circuit has changed the face of golf, but many have questioned the funding because it is backed by the Saudi Public Investment Fund – a nation with a dismal record on human rights.
However, Norman tries to defend his new circuit and involvement in the Middle Eastern kingdom. As a result, the former world number one is set to head to Capitol Hill this week to discuss the Saudi-backed series in an effort to “educate members” about LIV’s business model.
In a statement, LIV Golf said, “LIV Golf will be coming to the Hill this week to meet with lawmakers from both parties. Given the PGA Tour’s attempts to stifle our progress in overhauling the game, we believe it is imperative to educate members about LIV’s business model.” and counter the anti-competitive efforts of the Tour.”
There is no doubt that the LIV series rocked the world of golf, leaving the sport embroiled in a civil war with a breakaway circuit on one side and the PGA and DP World Tours on the other.
After a number of players made huge cash moves, the PGA Tour suspended those who made the switch.
In response, 11 LIV golfers launched a legal attack on the major golf tour in August, but four have since withdrawn their names from the lawsuit.
A California judge has thrown out a temporary ban issued by a group of Saudi defectors who participated in the PGA Tour’s recently concluded FedEx Cup playoffs.
The ongoing legal battle between Tour players and LIV is far from over after it was revealed that the antitrust case will not begin until August 2023.