'How Do You Like Them Apples?' Norman Aims Another Dig At PGA Tour

The Aussie couldn't resist taking a dig at the PGA Tour, as the war of words between the rival tours continues to escalate

Greg Norman at the LIV Golf Invitational Portland
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Greg Norman has taken another shot at the PGA Tour after one of the world's leading public opinion polls revealed that younger US golf fans are open to the idea of the LIV Golf Series, despite its ties to Saudi Arabia. 

The breakaway circuit continues to cause controversy amid accusations it is being bankrolled to sportswash Saudi Arabia's human rights record. However, that hasn't stopped several big-name players from signing exorbitant contracts to feature in the series that launched last month at the Centurion Club. 

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Norman, the 67-year-old LIV Golf CEO, initially said he wanted to work with the PGA Tour in order to maximise the opportunities for players, but such a resolution now appears unlikely, with relations between the rival tours continuing to sour. 

Scrolling through the two-time Open winner's Twitter feed certainly makes for interesting reading, with his latest jibe in the direction of Jay Monahan using a famous line from the 1997 film Good Will Hunting to brag about the results from the Harris Poll.

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"@PGATOUR you like apples?" the Australian wrote, before replying with a gif of Matt Damon's character delivering the one-liner: "How do you like them apples?"

The Harris Poll surveyed Americans to get an insight into the battle between LIV Golf and the PGA Tour, with some intriguing results returned. A much larger proportion of respondents were familiar with the long-established circuit, but of the golf fans aware of the Saudi-backed alternative, the vast majority (74%) admitted they plan to watch an event this year.

That number drops to 55% when applied to the general population but rises to 71% among those aged between 18 and 34, proving that, for now anyway, LIV Golf has captured the attention of the younger American audience.

In addition, of those aged 45 and younger who are aware of the source of the funding, results show 52% are OK with the arrangement, while Americans in an almost 2:1 split say that professional sports funders’ identities have no bearing on whether or not they watch.

In response to the threat, golf's two traditional powerhouses strengthened their strategic partnership in a deal set to run until 2035, while DP World Tour chief Keith Pelley published a scathing open letter hitting back at LIV Golf players who threatened legal action.

Andrew Wright
Staff Writer

A lifelong golf fan, Andy graduated in 2019 with a degree in Sports Journalism and got his first role in the industry as the Instruction Editor for National Club Golfer. From there, he went on to enjoy a spell freelancing for Stats Perform producing football reports, and then for RacingNews365 covering Formula 1. However, he couldn't turn down the opportunity to get back into the sport he grew up watching and playing and now covers a mixture of equipment, instruction and news for Golf Monthly's website and print title.

Andy took up the game at the age of seven and even harboured ambitions of a career in the professional ranks for a spell. That didn’t pan out, but he still enjoys his weekend golf at Royal Troon and holds a scratch handicap. As a side note, he's made five holes-in-one and could quite possibly be Retief Goosen’s biggest fan.

As well as the above, some of Andy's work has featured on websites such as goal.com, dailyrecord.co.uk, and theopen.com.

What's in Andy's bag?

Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero (9°)

3-wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus (15°)

Driving iron: Titleist U500 (17°)

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro '19 (4-PW)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50°, 54° and 58°)

Putter: TaylorMade Spider X

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x