LIV Golf boss Greg Norman: PGA Tour "r*** and pillage, suck it dry and leave"

LIV Golf boss Greg Norman has launched another blistering attack on the PGA Tour after his rebels proved critics wrong at The Masters.

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Tue, 11 Apr 2023
LIV Golf boss Greg Norman: PGA Tour "r*** and pillage, suck it dry and leave"

LIV Golf supremo Greg Norman has launched another blistering attack on the PGA Tour as he outlined proposals for the breakaway league to bring more tournaments to Australia. 

Norman hatched a plan before the 87th Masters to have every single LIV player who qualified for the major to swarm the 18th green at Augusta National should one of his so-called 'rebels' win. 

That nearly came to fruition as Phil Mickelson, 52 years young, posted a Sunday 65 to finish T-2 on his return to the 'spiritual place' where he has won three green jackets. He skipped the major last year because of his self-imposed exile. 

Brooks Koepka held the lead for 54 holes but eventually succumbed to the pressure of Jon Rahm, who channelled the spirit of Seve Ballesteros on what would have been his 66th birthday. 

Related: How every LIV Golf pro got on at The Masters!

Patrick Reed, the 2018 Masters champion, also put in another cracking performance at Augusta to fireback at critics who have suggested the LIV players are washed.  

Norman - who was deliberately not invited to Augusta - is now looking forward to the first LIV event in Australia, which will be headlined by Cameron Smith

The Great White Shark has confirmed to Fox Sports that events in Australia are sorted for the next two years, but beyond that he wants LIV to have a lasting footprint down under. 

In a clear dig at the Presidents Cup, Norman told the publication:

"The PGA Tour come in and rape and pillage for one tournament what is it, every 12 years, and they suck it dry and leave.
"We are a leader in so many different ways and we are leading so far ahead of the Presidents Cup in delivering to Australia.
"Now, even the players are saying, 'Why don't we play two tournaments?'"
"I know I am getting inquiries from other states and I look forward to unlocking those opportunities when I go down to Australia, from corporate wise to state wise state to tourism wise. 
"The value we are bringing, by my estimate, no-one else's, is near nine figures."

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Norman added: 

"We are pretty much locked in for 2023/24 so we'd be looking beyond that. But we're getting places now who want to sign five year deals.
"We don't want to do that because of the popularity and how we're starting to elevate. But that's cool to see."

LIV Golf Adelaide will take place over 21-23 April at The Grange Golf Club. 

The breakaway tour have claimed the event is sold-out. 

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