Not for the first time, LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman has come out firing against golf’s status quo, insisting it’s time the game’s stakeholders “grow up” and grant the Saudi circuit Official World Golf Ranking points.
LIV Golf announced a strategic alliance with the little known MENA Tour in the hopes that they’d discovered a loophole into the OWGR system in time for last week’s event in Bangkok and the season finale in Jeddah.
However, the OWGR insisted that it wasn’t given time to conduct a customary review of the application in time for either event to be considered for points recognition, a setback Norman denies while again tossing his toys from the pram and demanding immediate answers from the OWGR board.
“By degrading the strength of field by not allowing LIV players to get OWGR points, it’s not doing the game of golf any good,” Norman told India’s WIO News.
“Rise above it all. It’s good for the players, it’s good for the game of golf, it’s good for production, it’s good for corporations, it’s good for OEMs, it’s good for fans, it’s good for everybody. Just because you have a negative viewpoint and you’re one of the voting members of an independent organization, that you hate LIV and you vote against it. Grow up.”
“It’s not a setback,” Norman added, before boldly declaring LIV Golf’s place in the game’s pecking order.
“It’s a setback for [the OWGR] because quite honestly, my players should have [points]. There are 22 tours that have world ranking points and there’s only one that’s equal to, or superior to, what LIV is. Only one.”