Tiger Woods criticizes Greg Norman amid LIV Golf dispute

Tiger Woods expressed no sympathy for Greg Norman as he endorsed the LIV Golf boss’s omission from the celebrations at this week’s 150th Open Championship.

Norman, a two-time Claret Jug winner, was snubbed by tournament organisers, the R&A, amid the furore over the Saudi-backed breakaway tour he has been instrumental in organizing.

The 67-year-old was not allowed to attend Monday’s Celebration of Champions event, in addition to being denied an invitation to the Champions Dinner.

Speaking at St Andrews on Tuesday, Woods echoed the sentiments of Rory McIlroy, who supported the R&A’s decision, although the 15-time major winner went even further with his criticism, suggesting that Norman was acting in a way that was in opposition to the interests of the game.

“The R&A obviously have their opinions, their rulings and their decisions,” said Woods, who has won the Open three times, twice at the Fife links.

“Greg has done some things that I don’t think are in the best interest of our game, and we’re going back to probably the most historic and traditional place in our sport. I think it’s the right thing to do.”

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Woods reaffirmed his support for the PGA Tour and warned that those who join LIV Golf could ruin their chances of competing in the majors.

“I know what the PGA Tour stands for and what we’ve done and what the tour has given us, the ability to pursue our careers and win what we get and the trophies that we’ve been able to play for and the history that’s been a part of it. this game,” Woods said.

“I know Greg tried to do this in the early ’90s. It didn’t work then, and he’s trying to make it work now. I still don’t see how that’s what’s best for the game.”

“I don’t agree with that. I think what they [the players who have joined LIV Golf] have done is to have turned their backs on what has allowed them to get to this position.

“Some players never got a chance to experience it. They went right through the amateur ranks into that organization and never got a chance to play here and what it feels like to play on a tour program or play in some big events.

“And who knows what will happen in the near future with the world ranking points, the criteria to enter the major championships. The governing body will have to figure that out.”

“Some of these players may never get a chance to play in major championships. That’s a possibility. We don’t know for sure yet. It’s up to all the major championship bodies to make that determination.”

“But that’s a possibility, that some players will never, ever get a chance to play in a major championship, never get a chance to experience this here, walk the streets of Augusta National.

“That, to me, I just don’t get. I just don’t see how that move is a long-term positive for a lot of these players, especially if the LIV organization doesn’t get world ranking points and the big championships change their criteria for getting into the World Rankings.” events”.

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