Greg Norman Issued Subpoena For Documents In Jack Nicklaus Lawsuit

According to a report in the Miami Herald, Norman has been asked to provide documents around his Washington Post article from June 2022

Norman watches on at a LIV Golf Chicago event
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Just under a year since revealing that he was offered "in excess of $100m by the Saudis" to be the face of LIV Golf, Jack Nicklaus is back in the news but, this time around, involving a subpoena that has been delivered to current LIV CEO, Greg Norman.

First reported by the Miami Herald, Norman, who took on the role of CEO in 2021, was issued a subpoena for documents by the Nicklaus Companies in a case in the Supreme Court of the State of New York on the 20th March.

Nicklaus and Norman chat during the 2000 Masters

Nicklaus and Norman chat during the 2000 Masters

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According to the subpoena, the Nicklaus Companies, the Plaintiff, would like any and all documentation in regard to a Washington Post article on the 5th June 2022, which was titled “The Shark Is on The Attack Again.” The specific interest refers to the section of the article that notes that the LIV Golf League “had his blessing", referring to Nicklaus giving his support to the Saudi-backed series.

What's more, in the request, the subpoena asks for all documentation that Jack Nicklaus, the Nicklaus family or their agents communicated with LIV Golf, but no direct testimony. The last thing to note is that Norman must reportedly provide the requested documents no later than 20 days after service, with the date of service not currently known.

Certainly, it's been a busy time for Nicklaus and court cases. Back in May, a former business partner of Nicklaus, Howard Milstein, filed a lawsuit against the 18-time Major winner for "repeated acts in bad faith against the best interests of the Company, including acts to intentionally and maliciously undermine the company."

Jack Nicklaus reacts to a putt during a celebrity shootout in the 2022 Ally Challenge at Warwick Hills Golf And Country Club

Nicklaus was reportedly offered over $100m to "do the job probably similar to the one that Greg (Norman) is doing,”

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Since the filing of the lawsuit, a New York Supreme Court judge issued an injunction in favor of Nicklaus Companies, stating that while Nicklaus may design golf courses under his name pending a trial, neither he, nor any other entity can use the name, image, likeness and other IP assets that he sold to market or commercialize his work.  

What's more, the judge also declined, at that point, to issue an injunction preventing Nicklaus from competing in actually designing courses, with a statement from the Nicklaus Companies back in December reading: "It is also important to understand that while the court declined to issue a preliminary injunction as to whether Mr. Nicklaus can compete with Nicklaus Companies in designing golf courses, this is only pending a full trial to determine whether or not he has that right."

The American has previously given his thought on the LIV Golf League and, back in March on Sir Nick Faldo's new podcast, Nicklaus stated that: “I don’t fault the guys who have gone to LIV. You have to make a choice between playing golf for a short period time, for a lot of money, to put away for your family, or you have the loyalty to play regular golf, then the senior tour and into retirement."

Matt Cradock
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Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

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Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

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