‘We all made mistakes’: Greg Norman downplayed a journalist killing while promoting a Saudi-backed golf league

two-time major champion Greg Norman He said the new Saudi-backed golf league he serves as CEO is not trying to “sport wash” out of Saudi Arabia’s human rights abuses.

Norman, CEO of LIV Golf Invitational, which is primarily funded by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund, appeared to downplay the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 on Wednesday’s Media Day. The LIV Golf Invitational will host its first event next month at the Centurion Golf Club outside London.

Norman said: London-based newspaper The Times. “From what I’ve read, things are going as you reported. Whatever it is, take ownership. Look, we all made mistakes and you want to learn from those mistakes. We can fix them in the future.”

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Norman, 67, shared a similar opinion in an interview. sky sports When the Saudi Arabian government questioned Khashoggi and other human rights violations March 81 mass executions.

“What happened to Khashoggi is a shame, admit it and talk about it,” he said. “I’m not going into politics. I don’t know what the Saudi government is doing. I don’t want to get involved in that. There is a cross that every nation must bear.”

Norman, who won the British Open in 1986 and 1993, said LIV Golf was apolitical and had nothing to do with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud.

“They are not my boss. We are independent. I do not answer Saudi Arabia. I do not answer MBS (Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud),” he said. “I answer my board and MBS doesn’t answer it. It’s simple.”

But Norman said Saudi Arabia is going through a “cultural change” through golf.

“The generation of kids you meet on the driving range today doesn’t want that stigma to be passed on to them and their kids,” he said. “They want to change that culture and they are changing it. And you know how they do it? Golf.”

Here’s Norman’s opinion: PGA Tour denies members play permission At a Saudi-funded golf tournament in London next month. Denials were sent to players who requested permission late Tuesday afternoon.

It was because of the precedent that allowed players to have limited releases to international competitions that the PGA Tour was expected to grant waivers for the LIV Golf Invitational event near London. (All members must request a clash event release to compete in non-tour events.)

However, the decision is believed to be based on the belief that the competition in England is in fact part of the Rivals series. LIV Golf has announced a schedule of eight tournaments, with more to come.

The first LIV Golf Invitational was Scheduled 9-11 June at Centurion Golf Club outside London, a 48-man field will compete for a prize of $20 million at 54 holes. The winner gets $4 million (the richest prize in golf so far) and the last person gets $120,000.

Contribution: AP; Eamon Lynch, Golfweek

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