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Greg Norman alleges golfers returned LIV tour appearance money after Mickelson comments

The Saudi-backed LIV Tour made its share of headlines ahead of the start of its first tournament, which is still scheduled for June 9-11 at the Centurion Club in London (good tickets are still available).

With only Robert Garrigus (ranked 1,035 in the world) committed to the course, Greg Norman, CEO of LIV Golf Investments, kinda threw Phil Mickelson under the bus in comments made to ESPN.

Norman claimed that at least 30% of the top 50 golfers in the world have committed to play in LIV Tour events, which is more top golfers than a more recent report indicating that 15 of the top 100 would play at the Centurion Club. .

In February, negative comments from Mickelson about the Saudi regime backing the tour prompted several golfers to repay their appearance fees, Norman said.

Norman told ESPN:

“Quite honestly, we were ready to launch on Tuesday or Wednesday of [the PGA Tour’s Genesis Invitational in February]… We had enough players in our field force, or minimal viable product, ready to join us. And when all of that happened, everybody got nervous, and the PGA Tour threatened people with lifetime bans and stuff like that.

It appears the defending PGA Championship winner is pushing hard to play in LIV Tour events, so Norman said Mickelson would be welcome despite his comments, which included calling Saudis “scary mothers”.

With the tournament about a month away and so many questions still unanswered, we’ll soon find out if there will be any big-name players on the pitch or if these comments are the start of Mickelson being used as a scapegoat for a league. which will be difficult to take off.

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