Greg Norman: I’m not fighting putting on a new event in Britain


Greg Norman, CEO of LIV Golf Investments, speaks to the media at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club in Saudi Arabia about The International Series. Image: Oisin Keniry/Getty Images.

As part of The International Series, one of 10 events will take place at The Centurion Club, just north of London, from June 9-12.

It will feature a $2 million prize fund, which is part of the massive $300 million investment in the game by LIV Golf Investments, which, with Norman as CEO, is backed by the Investment Fund. Saudi Arabian Public.

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At a press conference to announce the new series, which will also include events in Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, the Middle East, China, Singapore and Hong Kong, Norman spoke about identifying “virgin space.”

With nine events taking place in Scotland, England and Wales alone on the DP World Tour this year, the UK doesn’t really fit that description, but Norman insists the move is not aimed at provoking war with the circuit. based in Wentworth.

“We’re not in this for a fight,” declared the former World No. 1. “We are in this for the good of the game. To be honest, it is personally disappointing to see some of the attacks that have taken place without justification.

“If you prejudge someone without knowing the facts, then I embarrass you, to be honest with you.

“Are you afraid of something? What is LIV Golf Investments doing that scares you? Why do you have to have these attacks at the level they are?

“Please understand the fact that we have always collaborated and cooperated with any of the institutions in all fields. We want to work together side by side.

“You have to be able to provide the ability to sit, listen and understand the opportunities to sit side by side in the sport of golf. Simple as that. It’s about the game. If they want to be mad at us, that’s their choice. We are not upset with them. We’re not looking for a fight.”

For this week’s Saudi International, which is now part of the Asian Tour, players from the DP World Tour and the PGA Tour have been given special releases. However, that won’t be the case if Norman manages to get a proposed Super League off the ground.

“Will there be things announced in the future? Absolutely,” he added, having revealed that a planned initial investment of $200 million had been increased to $300 million.

“But right now it’s to make sure this platform is firmly grounded in the world of golf, then there will be another announcement and then another announcement. This is not a unique trip. It’s going to be amazing.”

The International Series kicks off in Thailand from March 3-6 with an event taking on the Kenya Open on the DP World Tour and the Arnold Palmer Invitational on the PGA Tour.

The event in England will be in the same week as the Scandinavian Mixed on this side of the Atlantic and the Canadian Open on the US circuit.

“No one owns the golf space. The golf space is free,” Norman declared. “My responsibility is to make sure that I unlock all those potential opportunities that are out there, not be an institution that just sits back and says, ‘We own this space.'”

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