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LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman has been told not to attend the QBE shootout, an event he founded, this year.
Norman led to instagram to express his frustrations about it, as the Shootout is a PGA Tour event scheduled for December 7-11 at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Florida.
Given the ongoing feud between the Tour and LIV Golf, Norman was ordered by tournament organizers not to attend this year’s event.
“Sadly, after 33 consecutive years of playing and hosting every Shootout tournament, a co-sanctioned PGA Tour event, since I founded it in 1989, I have been asked not to attend this year,” Norman wrote.
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“Why one might ask? Maybe it’s because I’m helping give golf a new heartbeat, creating new value and delivering a new product that is loved by players, fans and broadcasters alike. And in doing so, I finally “I give players their rights as independent contractors to benefit from their performance and brand. In some people’s minds, this is too disruptive and evolution is perceived as a bad thing. I disagree: competition breeds excellence.”
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The tournament was founded by Norman to raise money for charity, which he alluded to in his post.
“Over its lifetime, the @qbeshootout tournament has raised over $15 million for well-deserved charities like @curesearch, who have an important mission to eradicate childhood cancer. These charities, their missions, and the financial benefits they receive Shootout tournament donations each year is of the utmost importance to me and my family,” added Norman.
Norman added that it is his decision not to attend this year’s Shootout “so that the focus can remain on the missions at hand.”
The Shootout will be a 24-player field, to be announced in October. However, Jason Kokrak and Kevin Na, last year’s two Shootout champions, will not be eligible to play because they left for LIV Golf.
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While they can’t play, Norman said they’ll “certainly be there in spirit.”
“To the Shootout charities, the City of Naples, and all of the incredible Shootout volunteers, corporate sponsors, fans and staff, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your continued good work and support,” he said.
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Norman is expected to be in Washington, DC, this week to meet with lawmakers about the dispute between LIV Golf and the PGA Tour. Norman will discuss LIV’s controversial business ties with Saudi Arabia, as well as “anti-competitive efforts” the PGA Tour has taken.