Norman will not be part of the QBE Shootout Tournament

CHARLOTTE, NC – Greg Norman says he was asked not to attend the QBE Shootout in December, a PGA Tour-sanctioned event he started in 1989 as the Shark Shootout held at the Tiburon Golf Club he designed.

It was not clear who had asked not to attend the December 9-11 tournament. The tournament director says it was a group decision.

Norman, who is in Washington to meet with members of Congress about the Saudi-funded LIV Golf series, broke the news in an Instagram post late Tuesday afternoon without saying who was behind it.

“Why might one ask? Perhaps it is because I am helping bring a new heart to golf, creating new value and delivering a new product loved by players, fans and broadcasters alike.” In doing so, players are ultimately given their rights as independent contractors, Norman said. To take advantage of their performance and their brand.

“In the minds of some people, this is very destructive and development is seen as a bad thing. I do not agree – competition breeds excellence.”

The QBE Shootout was the first unofficial season of the PGA Tour late in the year to raise more than $1 million for childhood cancer, a figure he says now exceeds $15 million. It consists of 12 teams of players that compete in different formats.

Jason Kokrac and Kevin Na are the title holders. They won’t be back this year because the PGA Tour has suspended players who signed with LIV Golf, and the QBE Shootout is an approved tournament.

While Norman says he was asked not to attend, he later said in an Instagram post that the money raised for charities is the most important to him.

“As such, I have decided not to attend this year’s event so that the focus remains on errands at hand,” he said.

Rob Hartmann, tournament director, told the Naples Daily News that the decision was mutual.

“As we got closer, the decision was finally made that he would step back and leave the focus on our massive philanthropic partners,” Hartmann said. “When this event started 34 years ago, it was all about philanthropy then, and all about philanthropy now. Greg had just made a decision that he didn’t want anything to distract from that.”

The Royal & Ancient Golf Club also asked Norman this summer not to attend celebrations surrounding the 150th British Open in St Andrews due to the distraction caused by LIV Golf, which has paid huge sums to PGA Tour players such as Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Bryson Deschamps withdrawing to the rival league. .

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