Golf News: LIV Golf Invitational Series proposed $100 million to Jack Nicklaus to front the Saudi-backed tour

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Golf News: The organisers of the LIV Golf Invitational Series reportedly offered Jack Nicklaus more than $100 million to be the face of the breakaway Saudi-backed tour.

Greg Norman, the 18-time major champion and 73-time PGA Tour winner, says he turned down other offers; he is now the CEO of LIV Golf Investments, although it appears he was not the first pick.

In an interview with Fire Pit Collective, Nicklaus remarked, “I was promised something in excess of $100 million by the Saudis to undertake a job probably comparable to the one Greg is doing.”

“I turned it down. Once verbally, once in writing.

“I said, ‘Guys, I have to stay with the PGA Tour. I helped start the PGA Tour.'”

The Centurion Club near St Albans will host the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational Series tournament, which will be worth a record $25 million. In addition, five tournaments will be held in the United States, with a team match-play conclusion set for the end of October at Trump Doral in Miami.

The PGA Tour has turned down players’ pleas to compete in the London tournament, including Phil Mickelson. By Tuesday, players must request permission to compete in the second LIV tournament.

Mickelson has pulled out of this week’s PGA Championship and will not defend his title, prolonging his hiatus from golf since the fallout from his inflammatory comments about the PGA Tour and the Saudi-backed breakout that surfaced in February.

“My advice to Phil would be to be patient,” Nicklaus said. “The world is a very forgiving place.

“But he’s the one – he has to decide where he wants to play and what he wants to do.”

After denying requests, Norman calls the PGA Tour “anti-competitive”

The PGA Tour has been dubbed “anti-competitive” by Greg Norman after it refused to allow players to compete in the first LIV Golf Invitational Series tournament in London next month.

The PGA Tour denied player petitions for permission to play on Tuesday, stating that the decision was made in the “best interests of the Tour and the players.”

“Unfortunately, the PGA Tour appears set on depriving professional players their right to play golf, unless it’s exclusively in a PGA Tour tournament,” Norman said.

“This is particularly disappointing in light of the Tour’s non-profit status, where its mission is purportedly ‘to promote the common interests of professional tournament golfers.’

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