Greg Norman has admitted close friends have stopped talking to him as a result of his association with the LIV Golf League.
Norman joined the People I (Mostly) Admire podcast on the eve of the second $405m season which kicks off in Mexico.
The final roster of players has now been confirmed with Thomas Pieters, Mito Pereira, Sebastian Munoz, Dean Burmester, Danny Lee and Brendan Steele joining the Saudi-funded enterprise.
The two-time Open champion didn't sound too upset about his own dented relationships.
Norman told the podcast:
Perhaps those dear friends were upset by Norman's famous remarks about the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi before the first tee shot was struck in the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational Series.
Norman was attempting to respond to accusations LIV was being used to sportswash Saudi Arabia's abysmal human rights record.
The 67-year-old Australian told a reporter "we all make mistakes" when referencing Khashoggi's killing. It sparked outrage.
What he said forced those in charge of LIV to make a statement which read:
Norman was rumoured to be "moved upstairs" into a different position in the off-season but has since allegedly been given more power over LIV's inner workings.
According to Sports Illustrated, Norman now reports directly to Golf Saudi governor Yasir Al-Rumayyan after the managing director position wasn't filled following the departure of Atul Khosla.
The legal battle continues between LIV Golf and the PGA Tour.
Things took a dramatic twist when a U.S. judge ruled PGA lawyers could depose Saudi's Public Investment Fund, including the aforementioned Al-Rumayyan for documents related to the fund and its involvement as LIV's principal financier.
PIF and Al-Rumayyan sought protection from the legal probes, claiming "sovereign immunity".
LIV lawyers argued PIF was merely an investor and not a business partner.
But the judge was convinced Al-Rumayyan and the PIF were "the moving force behind the founding, funding, oversight and operation of LIV" and not exempt from the PGA's depositions.
This ruling could prove crucial. Should the two parties fail to cooperate with the deposition, they could be held in contempt of court which would have grave consequences for their standing in the suit.
Perhaps LIV might withdraw from the litigation to avoid having to deliver truckloads of documents to the PGA.
ESPN have reported that they will ask a different federal judge to review this decision.
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As for Norman, he appears to be hoping that in time the damaged relationships will be worth it to realise his vision about elite professional golf.
He also told the podcast:
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