Greg Norman, the leader of the Super Golf League (SGL) proposal, said the Saudi-backed competition was on and would announce its first events later on Wednesday. In a letter to players published by sports website SI.com, the Australian said the league would continue even if it started on a small scale.
“You have to know that we’re getting into it, and we’ll keep pushing that vision forward,” the former world number one said. “We won’t stop. We believe in our mission and will announce information about our first events (Wednesday).”
The proposed league has taken a massive hit in recent weeks as a number of the game’s top players pledged their allegiance to the PGA Tour, including four-time Irish winner Rory McIlroy, who said he “died in the water”. Norman, a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame who counts two British Open titles among his 20 PGA Tour victories, leads the SGL as CEO of LIV Golf Investments, which is backed by the Saudi Investment Fund.
“We consider ourselves a start-up,” he said in the letter. “We can start with a modest number of players, but we won’t stay that way for long.
“I fully understand that some players may choose not to play with us straight away. But once we start, I think a lot of those who are not with us will be later. I want to thank you for your patience, but know that it will be worth it.”
No golfer has publicly admitted to signing up for the SGL despite promises of huge payouts, although some have expressed interest, including former Australian world number one Adam Scott. The SGL’s image has been tarnished by six-time US champion Phil Mickelson’s comments about Saudi Arabia’s human rights record and the league’s use of the league to gain leverage over the PGA Tour.
Mickelson later apologized after his comments drew widespread criticism and said he would take time away from golf to “reflect on himself”.
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