Greg Norman delves into Saudi Arabia’s bet on golf

Greg Norman © Golffile | Eoin Clarke Greg norman, founder and host of QBE Shootout, tournament in pairs with

Greg Norman © Golffile | Eoin Clarke

Greg norman, founder and host of QBE Shootout, tournament in pairs with which the PGA Tour closes the year 2021, he has taken advantage of his presence in this appointment of the American circuit to deepen the plans that he hopes to carry out as executive director of the new golf project promoted and supported by Saudi Arabia.

The Shark, 66, began by explaining what the alliance of the Saudis with the Asian Tour investing 200 million dollars in the next 10 years to give rise to 10 new events on tour. “What we have done shows our commitment to golf. I don’t remember the last time someone went out there and put a couple hundred million dollars into an Asian tour, I think that makes it clear where and how we want this sport to grow, “he said.

Yesterday, LIV Golf Investments, the company that directs this new Saudi bet on golf, appointed Atul khosla as its brand new director of operations. Khosla had previously been director of corporate and brand development for Tampa bay buccaneers of the NFL and director of operations of the Chicago Fire on the MLS. In addition, the company has also announced the hiring of Sean Bratches as commercial director.

“Our executive team is very, very special, so to speak, and it alone explains what our business model is and our commitment to the game. We have a deep group with a lot of experience not only in sports and team sports but also in business and in all areas “, he explained Norman. «Our group since London, where are we, until West palm beach, where we will be, is solid. Everyone’s commitment is to believe in this product, in the business model and in the players, ”he insisted.

“We have an incredible opportunity to create a new platform of play that elevates golf for all professionals and attracts fans from around the world,” he added. Khosla it’s a statement. «I hope to be part of the team of LIV Golf Investments to help bring this new vision to life and transform the game into an international sport, “said the new COO.

NormanFor his part, he gave some more detail about his vision regarding this adventure: «I saw what was needed there. The development of gambling in the Pacific basin, especially in Vietnam, in Thailand, in Singapore, in Japan…. We have the example of Hideki Matsuyama, who used to be the Asian ‘amateur’ and is now the champion of the Augusta Masters. Only when you offer these players greater opportunities for growth and development can they become a Matsuyama who wins major tournaments.

The PGA Tour memo

A couple of weeks ago, Jay monahan, Commissioner of the PGA Tour, sent a memorandum to the players to update them some details about the 2022 schedule and inform them about the increase in tournament prizes and the bonus of the FedEx Cup, which will skyrocket to $ 75 million. A clarification with which he came out of certain rumors about the percentages that the circuits allocate to the prizes in relation to the Saudi golf proposals.

According to these comments, the sponsors of this new project would have indicated that the players of the PGA Tour only 26% of the income generated by the circuit is distributed. Something that Monahan denied, explaining in said memorandum that in 2022 55% of the income of the PGA Tour they will be destined to the prizes to the players.

With the pending decision by the US tour regarding the players who have requested to play the Saudi International February Norman He delved a little deeper into the wound saying: «I think it’s great for golf and the players only see advantages, they want to travel and, from mutual respect, that golfers, as independent contractors, are the main beneficiaries of to be able to play on two tours. But PGA Tour you have not authorized it yet …