Greg Norman Confirms Justin Thomas LIV Golf Talks

Greg Norman says LIV Golf will welcome anyone, even Rory McIlroy, as he confirms they held talks with Justin Thomas

Greg Norman at the 2022 LIV Golf Team Championship at Trump National Doral
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Greg Norman insists that LIV Golf will remain open for anyone to join, including their biggest critic to date Rory McIlroy, as he confirmed the company held detailed talks with Justin Thomas over a move across.

Norman and his Saudi-backed LIV Golf continues to make waves in golf even heading into the winter, with legal proceedings between them and the PGA Tour and DP World Tour sure to stretch on well into next year and beyond.

LIV Golf have been releasing details of their schedule for next year, and they continue to make the news with both that and their CEO and his feud with the PGA Tour and players such as McIlroy and Tiger Woods.

Both players have said he should step aside as LIV Golf chief while there seems no end in sight to the wrangling between the tours and also the Official World Golf Ranking.

In his latest interview, Norman says that despite their issues, the likes of Woods and McIlroy would be welcome to join LIV Golf in the future, while he confirmed that they held detailed talks with Thomas, which is why he's not been a vocal critic of the new competition.

“I mean, we talked to JT," Norman told Bunkered. (opens in new tab) "Me and another member of my team, we sat down with him and gave him the full presentation and, if you notice, he’s not said much negative about what we’re doing, presumably because he knows it and understands it.

“Our door is open for everybody. We’re not the PGA Tour. We’re not like that. We exist for the players, so we will always have an open door, whether that’s for Rory or Jordan Spieth or Justin Thomas or whoever."

While saying he would welcome anyone, Norman is never scared of responding to criticism, and hit back at Woods and McIlroy for saying he should be removed as LIV Golf CEO.

There was also another dig aimed at the PGA Tour, with the Australian continuing to insist that players there should be thanking LIV Golf for forcing Jay Monahan into releasing more funds for prize money.

“Rory and Tiger have no idea what they’re talking about," Norman added. "None whatsoever. I have got the full support from my chairman. One hundred per cent. One thousand per cent. There has never been one thing to suggest otherwise. 

"But I know what they’re trying to do. They’re trying to bait me to draw me into a public back and forth with them and I’m not going to go down that childish path.  

“LIV has already brought more value to the game by making reserve money, that had been sitting to one side, and finally getting it put into play. If it wasn’t for LIV, the PGA Tour would not have done what they’ve done. They’ve basically copied our homework.”  

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Paul Higham
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Paul Higham is a sports journalist with over 20 years of experience in covering most major sporting events for both Sky Sports and BBC Sport. He is currently freelance and covers the golf majors on the BBC Sport website.  Highlights over the years include covering that epic Monday finish in the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor and watching Rory McIlroy produce one of the most dominant Major wins at the 2011 US Open at Congressional. He also writes betting previews and still feels strangely proud of backing Danny Willett when he won the Masters in 2016 - Willett also praised his putting stroke during a media event before the Open at Hoylake. Favourite interviews he's conducted have been with McIlroy, Paul McGinley, Thomas Bjorn, Rickie Fowler and the enigma that is Victor Dubuisson. A big fan of watching any golf from any tour, sadly he spends more time writing about golf than playing these days with two young children, and as a big fair weather golfer claims playing in shorts is worth at least five shots. Being from Liverpool he loves the likes of Hoylake, Birkdale and the stretch of tracks along England's Golf Coast, but would say his favourite courses played are Kingsbarns and Portrush.