Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Differences worsen between McIlroy and Norman

Rory McIlroy thinks his differences with Greg Norman over a Saudi-funded golf league have been settled. But that changed after Norman said Northern Irish people had been “brainwashed” by the leaders of the sport’s traditional circuit.

“You know what I thought? That now I was going to devote myself more to causing as much inconvenience as possible,” McIlroy said in a lengthy interview for the Sunday Independent newspaper in Ireland.

The remarks in question were part of the second part of a three-part interview with Paul Kimmage. McIlroy also described how his relationship with his old friend, Spaniard Sergio Garcia, turned sour.

McIlroy and Tiger Woods have said that LIV Golf CEO and commissioner Norman needs to distance himself from that organization and any discussion of golf scholarship in order to have a chance for synergy. Norman warns that this will not happen.

Norman said in an interview with Britain’s Today’s Golfer magazine, “I pay zero attention to what McIlroy and Woods say, right?” “He has his agenda for a reason. He says what he wants and it doesn’t affect me. I’ll be with Liv for a long time.”

Since June, when he won the Canadian Open, McIlroy has been throwing darts at Norman. The victory came a day after LIV Golf concluded its inaugural tournament on the outskirts of London.

McIlroy insisted that his 21st PGA Tour victory allowed him to be “more than a certain person”.

“That gave me some extra incentive today,” he said, referring to Norman, who has 20 PGA wins and is now the LIV golf leader.

In October, when he had a chance to return to the top of the ranks at the CJ Cup tournament, McIlroy was asked if he had set a goal of the number of weeks he wanted to be number one at the end of his career.

He gave a figure of 332, which is one more than Norman.

And just last month in Dubai, McIlroy said the current state of golf, fractured between PGA and LIV golf, would not rest until Norman was involved.

“I think Greg has to go. I think he just needs to get off the stage,” said McElroy, who cautioned that no one would be willing to talk “unless there’s an adult in the room.” “

Woods echoed those comments at this week’s Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.

“I’m not going anywhere. I don’t care what anybody says and I’m not going anywhere,” Norman told TODAY’s Golfer. “I’m very proud of the position I’m in and maybe it’s my leadership that scared them.”

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