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Greg Norman, LIV Golf are on display by the British Open at St. Andrews

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This fake purse known as Greg Norman is not welcome at the British Open, which is to be expected, as the Old Course at St. Andrews is the real thing. The old vintage stones are real, the age-old gullies carried by sheep are real, and the stress and stakes when a player approaches the last holes with the waiting jug of Bordeaux are real. Norman, with his fake cause and counterfeit LIV tour, simply doesn’t belong in the landscape any more than a fake Gucci handbag.

“Petty”, Norman called the Royal & Ancient, for refusing to include her in the Celebration of Champions exhibition and dinner. Oh good? This sour, mean money junkie with his 40-year-old grudge calls others petty? Norman portrays himself as an aggrieved eminence, disappointed that the R&A did not “rise above” and recognize his world historic stature. “All I have done is promote and develop the game of golf globally, on and off the golf course, for over four decades,” he told Australian Golf Digest. . It’s a magic mirror Norman needs to look into, if he thinks his horrific predatory work for the murderous Saudi state, his chronic whining and his fanciful golf should make him admired, let alone honored.

Let’s be frank. The LIV is nothing more than a vanity project for Norman and his insatiable materialism, and an exhibition-money scam for early-retired divas who are terrified of having to steal a new one. day. By the way, the alleged hundreds of millions of guaranteed contracts for a handful of stars – has anyone seen the actual written terms, details of what Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson will have to do to get that coin back spattered with blood, or is everyone just taking the word of Norman and a few agents trying to earn commissions, that it’s all free ice cream?

Greg Norman plunges his sport into chaos once again. This time he does it with Saudi money.

LIV doesn’t make sense. That’s the biggest problem with that. It is as empty and devoid of any real content as its empty and tiny CEO and promoter, Norman. And the arrival of the world’s best players at St. Andrews for a four-day trial of real substance, and the game’s oldest prize, has highlighted just how empty it is.

For years, Norman said the PGA Tour didn’t take his ideas for innovating a world tour seriously. It turns out that his ideas are useless. LIV claims to “invigorate golf through a structure that adds value to the sport as a whole”. Norman’s structure devalues ​​every hole and every shot to waste. Most of LIV’s reviews have focused on the non-competitive 54-hole uncut format with seemingly locked money and grotesque purses. The world’s worst crook, a Pat Perez, is guaranteed to make $120,000 for three days of play even if he never breaks 100, and can always binge on a Saudi private jet.

But the real giveaway that it’s nothing more than a silly customer golf is the shotgun tee-off, that age-old hallmark of the drunken guest-member. Play the implication of a shotgun tee off on the Old Course in St. Andrews, and it suddenly becomes apparent how LIV takes on the sense of golf.

Tiger Woods calmly condemns Greg Norman, LIV Golf ahead of British Open

A championship course – the real thing – is set up to force tough late-game strategic decisions, not just for holes, but also for other players on critical parts of the golf course. A gunshot destroys it all. When all groups of players start from different holes simultaneously, it creates a buddy, not a competition. Players who start on the 12th will finish on the 11th green. It would deprive the beautifully challenging 17th “Road Hole” and the gloriously scenic and passable 18th with its Swilcan stone bridge, the out-of-bounds forbidden railroad fence and the deep Valley of Sin, of much of their menace and strategic importance.

There is no meaning, no tension, no narrative in the structure of LIV. It’s inherently unwatchable. This is because it is not designed to improve golf. It’s designed to make golf easier – and to entice players already steeped in conveniences such as courtesy cars, with more comfort and a chance “to grow their wealth”, as Norman told Brian Kilmeade of FoxNews. Only 54 holes? No cutting and winnowing players from the pitch after two rounds? Guaranteed money?

“What is the incentive to practice?” Tiger Woods watched sharply. “What’s the motivation to go out there and win it in the dirt?”

Superimposed on an open championship at St. Andrews, LIV is exposed for the embarrassment that he is. It becomes completely understandable that none of the major governing bodies recognize him with World Ranking points or Ryder Cup qualifying credit. LIV is not a golf tournament. As Woods added, “72-hole testing is one of them.”

Barry Svrluga: The wealth of LIV Golf is absurd. So is his product.

Let’s call it what it is: a cocktail ride on a Saudi thug’s company plane. No wonder LIV players seem to have lost their competitive edge so quickly – they’re not competing.

Norman said the PGA Tour was acting as “an illegal monopoly” in its opposition to LIV, a claim the Justice Department is reviewing, The Wall Street Journal reported. But a similar claim has already been dismissed once in 1994, and even a cursory investigation will show that the PGA is not engaging in anti-competitive behavior, for the simple reason that LIV is not a real golf event. The PGA Tour has every right to object to its members appearing in unrated and unapproved junk that would compromise or dilute the quality of the game. Just as Gucci has every right to fight the proliferation of counterfeits .

What makes tournament golf appealing is that it is a meritocracy, set against the inherent whims of nature. A champion must not only master 14 clubs in the bag, but stand tall in the face of accusations from his peers, as well as gusts, rain and sand and events he may not deserve. Whereas Norman’s idea of ​​golf is all about excess and ease that no one deserves – or earns.

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