Many of the world’s top golfers have distanced themselves from the Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series, but Greg Norman said it will prove too difficult to resist the lure of huge prize purses on offer.
The series released details of eight new tournaments in March that promised at least $250 million in prize money. The US-based PGA Tour has informed its members that they would be banned if they joined.
Several top players including Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas have declared their allegiance to the PGA Tour, while Rory McIlroy has called the Breakaway League “dead in the water”.
However, Norman told The Telegraph on Tuesday that the series will continue with or without her.
“Honestly, it doesn’t matter who’s playing, we’re going to host the event,” said Norman, who runs the new circuit.
“There is a $4 million first prize. I hope a kid ranked #350 in the world wins. It will change his life and that of his family.
“And then a couple of our events will pass and the top players will see someone win $6 million, $8 million and they’ll be like, ‘Enough is enough, I know I’ve got these guys on my back week in and week out tied hands .'”
The LIV Invitational series will kick off at Centurion Club near London in the week leading up to the US Open in June.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/golf/greg-norman-insists-prize-money-from-saudi-backed-golf-circuit-will-attract-top-players-41549563.html Greg Norman insists the Saudi-backed golf club’s prize money will attract top players