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Norman slammed Down Under for LIV golf movement and comments


BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — When Adam Scott won the Masters in 2013, the person he thanked most profusely was a larger-than-life figure synonymous with golf in Australia.

“There was one guy who inspired a nation of golfers and that was Greg Norman,” Scott said shortly after beating Angel Cabrera in the playoffs at Augusta. “Everything about the way he behaved was amazing…he was a role model.

Golfers in Australia now struggle to sustain that thought. The reason: Norman’s involvement in the Saudi-backed LIV golf tour and comments he made about the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at a Saudi consulate in Turkey.

“Listen, we’ve all made mistakes and you just want to learn from those mistakes and how you can fix them in the future,” Norman said of the murder that drew international condemnation. Norman made the comment during a press conference ahead of the first LIV event scheduled for June 9-11 outside London.

The remark stunned seven-time LPGA winner Karrie Webb, who said on social media: “The little girl in me just died!! Has anyone’s childhood hero disappointed them as much as I am now? The tweet was accompanied by three emojis, two of which showed tears in their eyes.

And as the players gather this week in Tulsa, Oklahoma for the PGA Championship, the Australian who won the 1990 title at Shoal Creek in Birmingham, Alabama – Wayne Grady – said of Norman: “The admiration that I had for him for what he accomplished and what he did for Australian golf is gone.

The two were lifelong friends and made international squads together at the Presidents Cup in 1998 and 2000 when Norman was playing and Grady was a non-playing assistant captain.

Grady’s biggest issue was Norman’s decision to run LIV Golf Investments, a position Jack Nicklaus said he turned down.

“The Saudis offered me something over $100 million, to do a job probably similar to what Greg (Norman) is doing,” Nicklaus said in a post on the Fire Pit Collective website. ” I refused. Once verbally, once in writing. I said, ‘Guys, I have to stick with the PGA Tour. I helped start the PGA Tour.

Norman apparently had no such scruples, and Grady said he knows why.

“He’s been trying to scrap the tour for 30 years,” Grady said in a social media post. “The admiration I had for him for what he achieved and what he did for Australian golf is gone. For him to try to trivialize what the greats before him did to grow and create this what the PGA Tour is like today is an absolute disgrace. You should hang your head in shame, Shark.

There were no responses to calls or an email sent to Scott’s management company by The Associated Press seeking comment from the Aussie player on Norman’s connection to LIV and his recent remarks about Khashoggi.

Khashoggi, who had written criticisms of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, went to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018 to collect the documents needed for his marriage to his Turkish fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, and did not. never out.

In February 2021, US intelligence agencies said the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia approved the operation that led to Kashoggi’s death.

Cengiz told the London newspaper Telegraph that Norman’s comments were “so hurtful”.

“Would you say that if it was your beloved?” How to move forward while those who ordered the murder are still unpunished and continue to try to redeem their legitimacy? said Cengiz.

Amnesty International also called Norman’s comments “false and seriously misguided”.

Separately, Norman responded questioningly to a question about Saudi Arabia’s poor record on LGBQT rights.

“I don’t even know if I have gay friends, to be honest with you,” Norman replied.

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