Greg Norman has confirmed his $3 billion Saudi-backed insurgent golf league will announce particulars of its first tournaments inside 24 hours.
In a letter to gamers, made public by SI.com, Norman has vowed to push on within the face of criticism over the supply of the cash behind the tour, and regardless of most of the recreation’s main gamers having pledged their loyalty to the PGA Tour.
Final month Rory McIlroy declared the idea “useless within the water” as a number of names lined as much as denounce the tour.
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Jon Rahm and Collin Morikawa, the highest two ranked gamers on the planet, have already made it clear they don’t seem to be , whereas even Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau discovered some uncommon widespread floor in committing to the PGA Tour, together with Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas.
However Norman says he will not be deterred.
“We contemplate ourselves a start-up,” he wrote.
“We could begin with a modest variety of gamers, however we cannot keep that method for lengthy. I absolutely perceive some gamers could select to not play with us straight away. However after we get going, I imagine lots of those that aren’t with us now might be with us later.
“I need to thanks to your endurance, however know, it will likely be price your whereas.”
The Tremendous Golf League is rumoured to be made up of 14 occasions, every that includes a 48-player subject and purse of $27 million. Every match could be three rounds as a substitute of the standard 4, with no minimize.
Norman reiterated that the proposed tour needs to enrich the sport’s largest tournaments, not exchange them.
“Our schedule’s all the time been designed in deference to the majors and heritage championships,” he mentioned.
“LIV Golf has been constant in its need to enrich the annual tour schedules and wider golf ecosystem. From the start, we designed this so gamers have the selection to play any tour, and in LIV Golf occasions, and actively encourage you to take action. We is not going to ask you to decide on one or the opposite. That is along with, not rather than, your present Tour schedule.’
“It’s best to know that we’re launching, and we’ll proceed to drive this imaginative and prescient ahead. We is not going to cease. We imagine in our mission and can announce details about our first occasions tomorrow.”
Per week in the past the boss of the PGA Tour, Jay Monahan, appeared to dismiss the menace posed by the insurgent tour.
“We have now an excessive amount of momentum and an excessive amount of to perform to be persistently distracted by rumours of different golf leagues and their makes an attempt to disrupt our gamers, our companions and most significantly our followers from having fun with the tour and the sport all of us love a lot,” he mentioned.
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