Greg Norman’s LIV Golf Role Pushes Him Away From The Tournament He Founded

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LIV Golf could cost its members a chance to play in some Grand Slam tournaments down the road, which is why Greg Norman won’t be playing in the QBE Shootout this year, the tournament he founded more than three decades ago.

Norman announced on Instagram that he will not be participating in the event in Naples, Florida, due to his involvement with LIV Golf. The Australian has played in it every year since its inception in 1989.

“In the mind(s) of some people this is too disturbing and evolution is seen as a bad thing,” Norman wrote.

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Norman is the CEO and face of LIV Golf. He has controversially — and with the help of Saudi-funded sacks — helped lure some of the biggest names in golf away from the PGA Tour to its rival league. He has also publicly argued with PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan, who has pushed for all LIV players to be banned from Tour events.

Greg Norman tosses a beer to the fans at the LIV Golf event outside of Boston.
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The QBE Shootout is a team competition and does not count as an official Tour event. Tournament director Rob Hartman addressed Norman’s absence with NaplesNews.com.

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“As we got closer, the decision was eventually made that he would step back and really put the focus on our wonderful charitable partners,” Hartman said of the event, which is scheduled for December 7-11. “When he started this event 34 years ago, it was all about charity then and now it’s all about charity. Greg just made the decision that he didn’t want anything to distract from that.”

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The QBE Shootout has raised more than $15 million for charity, according to the website. Norman said he didn’t want to hinder those efforts.

LIV CEO Greg Norman talks to fans at the first tee during the final round of the Bedminster Invitational.
LIV CEO Greg Norman talks to fans at the first tee during the final round of the Bedminster Invitational.
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“To the Shootout charities, the City of Naples and all the incredible volunteers, corporate sponsors, fans and Shootout employees, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your continued good work and support,” Norman wrote. “I will miss you all this year, but I will definitely be there in spirit.”

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