Veteran golfer, Tiger Woods, has called for Greg Norman to step down from his role as chairman of the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational to allow talks between the LIV and the PGA to hold. Both leagues have been at loggerheads since the LIV held its first event, forcing some players to leave the PGA for the new league.
There have been a series of lawsuits, and no side seems to be backing down. Woods believes having a talk can ease some of the tension between both groups but that Norman would have to leave his role first.
Speaking at a conference for this week’s Hero World Challenge on Tuesday, Woods said that an opportunity to have a talk can only come when both parties pause their litigation, something that can only happen in Norman’s absence.
He said: “I think Greg has to go, first of all. And then obviously litigation against us and then our countersuit against them, those would then have to be at a stay as well. So then we can talk, we can all talk freely.
Woods also acknowledged that the LIV has more money, but only the PGA offered players the chance to create legacies. “You know, they’ve spent probably close to $2bn this year. Who’s to say they can’t spend $4bn or $5bn next year? We just don’t know. It’s an endless pit of money.
“But that doesn’t necessarily create legacies either. You want to compare yourself to [Ben] Hogan, you want to compare yourself to Snead, you want to compare yourself to [Jack] Nicklaus, you can’t do that over there, but you can on this Tour.”
Woods pulled out of the Hero World Challenge this week due to an injury, but he revealed that he would be back in December when he would team up with his son Charlie for the PNC Championship in Florida.