Greg Norman

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has remained adamant that any player who elected to join the new rumored Saudi-backed Super Golf League would be banned from playing on the PGA Tour.

Golf legend Greg Norman, the CEO of LIV Golf Investments, which is the main company backing the proposed league, sent a very strongly worded letter to Monahan on Thursday about that stance.

“Simply put, you can’t ban players from playing golf,” wrote Norman. “Players have the right and freedom to play where they like. I know for a fact that many PGA players were and still are interested in playing for a new league, in addition to playing for the Tour. What is wrong with that?” said Norman.

Norman added that the threat of banning players from future PGA events is the exact reason players want to leave in the first place.

“When you threaten to end players’ careers and when you engage in unfair labor practices with your web of player restrictions, you demonstrate exactly why players are so open-minded about joining a league that treats players well, respects them, and compensates them according to their true worth.”

He ended the letter with a strong message reading “Commissioner – this is just the beginning. It is certainly not the end.”

The Super Golf League has gone after top players like Bryson Dechambeau, Dustin Johnson, and Brooks Koepka, but has yet to secure any of these major players. Its top defender, Phil Mickelson, is currently dealing with the fallout of his careless comments about the Saudi-backed league. Some of the players who committed to the PGA had their own thoughts on Mickelson and the league as well.

Many players simply don’t seem to want to jeopardize their future in the PGA Tour by joining an unknown commodity that can have huge consequences. It will certainly be interesting to see how this feud between the PGA and this new league continues in the days ahead, as it sounds like Norman isn’t giving up yet.

[Golf Digest]

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Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.