So is Norman someone who is so fond of combat that he is unable to recognize the differences and compromises?
Tiger wood and Rory McIlroy are statesmen in the game, albeit in different ways. Their common motto, sure, is that until there is any compromise, the only thing standing in front of him is that Norman must leave his position as LIV Golf Champion.
And, as expected, the Norman stocks up on fuel. Does this steadfast stance represent Norman’s view that he is doing good for the sport and for his masters? Or is his stubbornness an example of his arrogance?
The status quo of professional golf is a mess. There are several sets of Money Furnace Court proceedings occurring between the PGA Tour and DP World Tour v. LIV Golf.
LIV players are suing the PGA Tour on antitrust grounds. Patrick Reed is facing a crack at defamation against anyone who looks at him sideways, for a billion per shot.
LIV staples like Cameron Smith and Dustin Johnson face the very real prospect of not being able to earn any ranking points in the Official World Golf Rankings (which are controlled by a board of representatives including the PGA Tour, Royal and Ancient, and Augusta National).
And there is no guarantee that LIV players may be allowed to field it at Augusta National in 2023.
It is an utter disrespect for golf that some of its best players are essentially excluded from being recognized as such by rating points. It would be an absolute shame if LIV players – including Masters champions Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Reid – were not allowed to play at Augusta.
One way or another, a solution must be found, regardless of whether that solution constitutes a peace deal or something resembling a coexistence agreement. It happened in the Cricket World Series, Premier League War and every player in the history of the NBA, NFL, Major League Baseball and Major League Baseball.
Humpty Dumpty’s process of putting golf back together again is very difficult.
Norman’s motto in his pomp was that no one is too big for the game. Whether he really thought so, he now defied his words.
This process requires putting ego at the door if any compromise can be forged to allow LIV to coexist within a professional golf ecosystem that respects the traditions and history of the game. Any such compromise seems close to impossible because Norman’s ego is currently bigger than the LIV Golf concept itself.
Norman’s motto during his pomp was that no one is too big for golf. Whether Norman really believed it, he has now challenged his words.
In this context, one has to hope that if Norman possesses the ability for introspection, if he realizes that things have gone so far that it is no longer in the interest of the game for him to remain a general in the main battalion in LIV, that he will willingly do so. falls on his sword.
But this will never happen. Norman, I have no doubt whatsoever, couldn’t care one iota of what Rory or Tiger thought.
Norman is a great wartime executive and you’d love to have him in the trenches by your side. But he is not a man of peace, compromise or compromise. All this New World Order and game-changing Malarkey doesn’t translate into logical or conciliatory language.
Norman is not a leader in peacetime, and this is the biggest problem facing golf right now.