In April, Greg Norman dropped the bombshell he was planning to return to St. Andrew’s at the age of 67.
“I am now filling out the application form,” he said at the time. “I think I’m leaving”
He alone knew that he had been shot. Norman always had big dreams and chased them with a dog, but in fact he was always stretched – even for him.
In any case, the Saudi-backed LV Golf striker has really applied to play in the open after 13 years.
He will not be allowed to enter this week.
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The players will compete for the 150th Open Championship Norman on Thursday.
Moreover, Norman, a two-time winner of Claret Jug, has not even been invited to previous Champions League events.
This week is a milestone – a journey back to the ancient course, on the North Coast, where it all began.
No one in the men’s golf is looking at the third title at St. Andrew’s and on Tuesday he left the venue celebrated from 2005 to Tiger Woods, who supports Norman’s sweater, to Jack Nicklaus, but by the weight of the event.
These names are the tip of the iceberg, but the lower part does not include the bound Norman.
Nefug shows how much Norman’s reputation as a golf course has fallen.
At first, only the United States did not want him. Now, the rest of the world, the Royal and the R&A, which is leading the game, will not work either.
R&A said in a statement: “The 150th opening is a very important milestone for golf and we want to make sure that the focus remains on celebrating the championship and its heritage.
“Unfortunately, we do not believe that Greg would be in that position. We hope Greg will be back in the future when circumstances permit.
To the surprise of many, Norman’s efforts to dismantle the golf course with the financial support of the Saudi government.
Last month in Portland, the top 21 top 100 golfers – Dustin Johnson, Bryce Deckhambeu and Brooks Copeka – were the most successful.
Norman wanted to work with golf-based tours instead of being the number one enemy of the people – or at least that was his public opinion.
A.D. He won in 1986 and 1993, as well as eight other top-10 races, making him one of the most famous and controversial Major.
Only 14 players have won the Open Championship several times in the four major seasons.
Not surprisingly, even someone with the strongest skin in the game is rejected by R&A.
“I thought R&A would be the best in terms of their place in world golf,” he said.
“(This) is small. What I have done is to promote and promote golf internationally, on a golf course and for more than four decades.”
Eventually, parties are being elected in the golf course of the Civil War, and Norman – as a General of Violent Tourism – is about to be overthrown by many players, reporters and governing bodies.
This is nothing new in the United States, where it has lived for decades and has amassed more than $ 500 million in assets.
His relationship with his followers and broadcasters, not just the US PGA Tour, has long been a source of tension, mostly in the mainstream.
Norman saw the nation as a perverted, hairy bandit in the 80’s, but years later he gained a reputation for betraying his self-confidence.
The Queensland native has been dubbed the ‘choker’ due to his unforgettable shortcomings in his playing career.
To this day, it has grown and applied to him.
Woods alone covered Norman’s 331 weeks as World No. 1, but his legacy was strong on his losses, such as a six-shot, 54-hole lead when he lost the 1996 Masters.
Popular voices in the United States have since tried to discredit Norman as the real glory of the game.
What should Norman’s legacy be like?
His determination to oppose the PGA Tour in a competitive environment, no matter who supports the bill, will be his legacy.
Norman may be right about many things in his long battle with the PGA Tour. The governing body strengthens its players – the main producers – away from lucrative media cakes and sees its members as employees, not as contractors.
PGA Tour has even admitted that it is under investigation by the US government for its indefinite ban on members of the LIV Golf event.
Norman, meanwhile, has accused PGA Tour of being hypocritical because it has 23 sponsors with more than $ 40 billion in business in Saudi Arabia.
Norman’s mission in front of LIV Golf is also glorious. He said he wanted to expand the game around the world and give players more freedom.
But will LIV Golf prove to be a money laundering regime?
The big deal in public space – as the R&A snub suggests – will not.
When asked what would happen to Norman’s legacy earlier this year, golf channel analyst Brandel Chamble concluded:
“He thought it was more than a game. By hiding his greed, calling the game what he wants, I am kneeling for Saudi interests.
“We are all wrong,” Norman said at the Saudi consulate in connection with Jamal Kashoggi’s assassination. Times Graham Spyers writes: “What is he thinking?
“Why would a wealthy retiree hate himself in this mess when the sun goes down? In addition to such negative comments, all he is doing is destroying the image.
Still, Norman shamelessly chose to talk to the Saudis, and he was comfortable.
He may seem lonely, but more than 50 golfers have come to the same conclusion as Norman. And that doesn’t mean all the Saudi money is now spent on LIV Golf Broadcasters and backyard workers.
You suspect that many others may not be anti-LIV alone.
But the golf division is running deeper, and it’s getting deeper, as this year’s open-air list highlights.
Norman is standing on one side of the cliff of the Golf Civil War and moving farther away from where he started the Australian.
Norman’s formal warnings are being given about that cruel truth.
On Monday, the game’s top record holder and American legend Nicholas Tiger Woods officially sided with him before supporting the R&A decision.
Nicklaus, 82, says: “Let me sum it up in just two words. “First of all, Greg Norman is a role model in golf. He is a great player. We have been friends for a long time, and no matter what happens, he remains a friend.
“Unfortunately, he and I don’t see eye to eye (LIV Golf). I will definitely leave. ”
Woods was more fulfilling, and more realistic.
“I believe it’s the right thing to do,” Woods said of Norman Snub.
“I know Greg tried to do that in the early 90’s,” Woods continued. “He didn’t work then, and he’s trying to make it work now. I still don’t see how it works for the game. I think what the European tour and the PGA Tour mean and what they do… and all the golf governing bodies and all the major champions, how they run, they see it differently than what Greg does, ”he said.
Norman called Nicklaus a “hypocrite” after he reportedly gave his blessing to LIV Golf before retreating.
Like the beloved Nicklaus, who helped start the PGA Tour, find yourself across the fence and the famous Woods says everything
But if Norman Paria’s situation needed to be knocked home from time to time, that phone call would never come from R&A.
Now there is no easy way back.