Greg Norman, CEO of LIV Golf, Addresses PGA Tour’s Anti-Competitive Efforts in ‘Informational’ Meeting with Lawmakers

LIV Golf CEO and Commissioner Greg Norman met with lawmakers in Washington on Wednesday in what he called a “very informative” meeting in which he addressed members of Congress about the tour’s recent investments and the PGA Tour’s Anti-Competitive Efforts targeting former members who have since joined the rival Saudi-backed circuit.

The 20-time PGA Tour winner praised the success of LIV Golf in a meeting with the Republican Study Committee and attributed its growth to the quality product it offers, adding, “We never intended to destroy another tour,” a source with knowledge of the meeting told FOX Business .

Greg Norman watches from the practice track

Greg Norman, CEO and Commissioner of LIV Golf, watches from the practice course during the LIV Golf Invitational – Boston at The Oaks Golf Course at The International on September 3, 2022 in Bolton, Massachusetts. (Chris Trotman/LIV Golf via Getty Images/Getty Images)

Norman also praised the importance of competition, calling it the “base of America”, saying the circuit has invested $300 million in the Asian Tour and is now exploring the possibility of a women’s tour, the source added.

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Ahead of last week’s event in Chicago, Norman made similar comments about the benefits of competition and appeared to be taking credit for the recent changes to the PGA Tour.

“Since LIVs came on board, the PGA Tour has stepped up. Without competition, they never would have. Competition is the best in any sport,” he said at the time.

A source also told FOX Business that Norman claimed his players were threatened with… lifelong ban from the PGA Tour and that the tour has threatened to withdraw PGA Tour press credentials from reporters if they give LIV favorable coverage. It will also reportedly blacklist suppliers that serve LIV events, the source said.

Greg Norman sees playing on the driving range

Greg Norman, CEO and Commissioner of LIV Golf, oversees the driving range during the LIV Golf Invitational – Portland at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club on July 2, 2022 in North Plains, Oregon. (Jonathan Ferrey/LIV Golf via Getty Images/Getty Images)

The PGA Tour declined to comment on those claims.

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After leaving his meeting with Republican lawmakers, Norman declined to say whether he believed the PGA Tour was playing dirty because of the suspensions of LIV Golf players, telling FOX Business, “You’ll have to ask the PGA Tour.

“Were here [for the good of] the game of golf. We’re giving the players another platform as independent contractors to play.”

Greg Norman signs autographs

Greg Norman, CEO and Commissioner of LIV Golf, signs autographs during the LIV Golf Invitational – Portland at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, July 2, 2022, in North Plains, Ore. (Charles Laberge/LIV Golf via Getty Images/Getty Images)

The PGA Tour drew a hard line in the sand this summer after some of its members canceled or agreed to cancel their membership play in LIV tournaments without release.

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Commissioner Jay Monahan released a memo in June stating that those players are now ineligible to play in PGA Tour events, prompting 11 players to file an antitrust lawsuit alleging the indefinite tour suspensions were intended. to harm their careers.

Four players have since dropped out of the lawsuit, and in their absence, LIV Golf has joined.

The Ministry of Justice launched a research into the PGA Tour’s review of the situation in July to determine whether it has committed antitrust violations.

When asked if he’s been criticized by lawmakers on Capitol Hill, Norman told FOX Business, “No. Actually, not one person since becoming CEO has told me this is a bad idea.”

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