Norman Reveals World Top-10 Players In Contact Over Super League

The frontman of the controversial new series says he's had plenty of interest from the game's top players

Greg Norman speaks to the press before the 2022 Saudi International
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The launch of the LIV Golf Invitational Series has predictably caused a stir in the game. Now, Greg Norman, the CEO of the group behind the competition, has said it’s generating plenty of interest from some of the world’s top players.   

In an article per, the 67-year-old said of the competition, getting under way at London's Centurion Club in June: “I’ve got to tell you, from a player’s perspective, the amount of response [has been] unbelievably positive. I’m talking about single-digit ranked players in the world, emailing me first thing this morning, just so excited to hear about what we have to say and what we’ve got.”

In the hours before the official launch, Sir Nick Faldo was one of the most prominent figures to cast doubt on the appeal of the series for players and questioned whether it would ever get off the ground, saying: “They’re not going to till out 10 million as a guarantee to names we don’t know. It seems more like it’s exhibition golf with a wonderful guarantee to me. I’m not sure how they can make it happen.” However, Norman’s bullish comment suggests those views may be premature.

Nevertheless, of the current top 10, Rory McIlroyJon RahmDustin Johnson and Collin Morikawa have pledged their allegiance to the PGA Tour in recent weeks. Whether the launch of the series has turned the heads of some of them or whether others currently occupying the top spots have declared their interest to Norman remains to be seen. However, with PGA Tour boss Jay Monahan declaring as recently as last week that the Tour was moving on from the saga, it remains to be seen how any renewed interest from its top stars would square with that intention. Before that, in a mandatory players' meeting before the Honda Classic, Monahan reportedly informed players that anyone joining the league would be banned from the PGA Tour.  

Norman has consistently said that players are ‘independent contractors’ and, as a result, the PGA Tour can’t ban players from joining other leagues. In a news release to coincide with the launch, he said: "We have done our best to create a schedule that allows players to play elsewhere, while still participating in our events. I believe players will increasingly make progress in achieving their right to play where they want.” In light of his latest comment, the veracity of that claim could soon be put to the test.

Mike Hall
News Writer

Mike has over 25 years of experience in journalism, including writing on a range of sports throughout that time, such as golf, football and cricket. Now a freelance staff writer for Golf Monthly, he is dedicated to covering the game's most newsworthy stories. 

He has written hundreds of articles on the game, from features offering insights into how members of the public can play some of the world's most revered courses, to breaking news stories affecting everything from the PGA Tour and LIV Golf to developmental Tours and the amateur game. 

Mike grew up in East Yorkshire and began his career in journalism in 1997. He then moved to London in 2003 as his career flourished, and nowadays resides in New Brunswick, Canada, where he and his wife raise their young family less than a mile from his local course. 

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