John Daly: ‘I begged Greg Norman to let me play on LIV Series’

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John Daly has revealed that he “begged” Greg Norman for a place in the controversial LIV Golf International Series, while hailing Mohammed Bin Salman of Saudi Arabia as “a great guy”.

The American currently spends most of his playing time on the PGA Tour Champions, the American over-50s circuit that is part of the PGA Tour.

Daly, 56, is a two-time major champion, having won the 1991 PGA Championship and 1995 St Andrews Open, but hasn’t majored since 2012 and struggles with drinking, gambling and weight problems.

However, he remains one of the most recognizable faces in the sport and admits that the opportunity to make millions on the LIV Series led him to contact Norman, the CEO and commissioner, to request a place on the track. .

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“I begged Greg Norman to let me on the LIV tour,” he told Piers Morgan Uncensored. “I play two to three pro-ams every week on the Champions tour and we don’t play for a lot of money, so I’m almost like, ‘Okay, I’m not getting much out of this. What are we doing?’

“Look, sometimes I prefer to play with amateurs than with the pros, but we have to be compensated for that. The LIV tour gives players that. They play pro-ams, it’s a big party, they play for a lot of money, that these guys who are on that tour make that money. And I think there are a lot of other guys out there who make that money. Especially this old man!”

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Daly also accused the LIV Series skeptics of hypocrisy when it came to criticizing the human rights situation in Saudi Arabia, despite the fact that Bin Salman – the country’s crown prince – was accused of making good the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. approve.

“It’s unbelievable,” Daly said. “Politics is so stupid about this. I could talk about Nike, I could talk about other companies. Little eight-year-olds build shoes for Nike. Okay. We don’t want to get into that, do you? You want to talk about labor laws. We’re talking about golf, guys playing golf, it’s an international sport.

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“The Prince of Saudi Arabia is a great guy and he has given so much money to golfers who deserve it. Well, there are those who don’t deserve it because I should be on that tour.”

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