Even Greg Norman was out of the loop on Tuesday’s stunning PGA Tour-LIV Golf merger.
Yasir Al-Rumayyan, the governor of the Saudi Public Investment Fund who will be the chairman of the new combined megatour, told CNBC Tuesday morning that he phoned Norman, the LIV Golf CEO, right before his television appearance.
“He is aware. I made a call just before this,” Al-Rumayyan said on CNBC. “Of course, he’s a partner with us. All the stakeholders with us had a call right before this interview.”
The Golf Channel also reported that Norman was not involved in the merger negotiations between LIV and the PGA Tour.
Norman has been one of the central figures of the PGA-LIV war, taking shots at PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan amid antitrust litigation between the Tour and the Saudi-backed league, while also ribbing players like Rory McIlroy.