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The PGA Tour Is Brawling With Greg Norman, and Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson Might Be the Casualties

The PGA Tour is in full swing and so are the golfers. It’s been an interesting week with some of the biggest stars like Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Tiger Woods and Justin Thomas having a lot to say about one another on social media. One player who’s stayed out of Twitter beefs this year: Phil Mickelson. The 45-year old veteran has managed his career around pleasing crowds but he’ll have to do it without using Twitter or Instagram if he wants to keep playing at this level for years to come.

The “phil mickelson news” is an article that discusses Phil Mickelson’s potential impact on the PGA Tour. Some of the topics discussed are how he could be a major player in the upcoming FedEx Cup playoffs, and whether or not he will return to golf.

Highlights of the article:

  • Greg Norman and LIV Golf Investments are developing a professional golf tour that will compete with the PGA Tour.
  • The Saudi Invitational competes against the PGA Tour’s Pebble Beach event on February 3-6, 2022.
  • Members of the PGA Tour who compete in the international event risk being fined or suspended.

At the British Open and The Players Championship, Greg Norman dominated the competition. However, the Australian hero is now taking on the whole PGA Tour, and many current players are suffering as a result.

Norman and LIV Golf Investments are dangling large sums of money in front of Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau, Xander Schauffele, and more than 20 other top golfers. Taking the money, on the other hand, entails a risk.

The PGA Tour is up against a formidable foe in Greg Norman.

Greg Norman is the face of the new rival to the PGA Tour that is trying to lure golf's biggest stars to a series of tournaments across Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. However, the PGA Tour is fighting back. | Ben Jared/PGA Tour for Getty Images Greg Norman is the face of a new PGA Tour competitor that is attempting to entice the game’s top names to a series of events throughout Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. The PGA Tour, on the other hand, is fighting back. | Getty Images/Ben Jared/PGA Tour

Greg Norman has already failed in his attempt to establish a golf league that would challenge the PGA Tour and pay the sport’s top echelon far more money. He’s giving it another go, and this time Norman is bringing some serious cash to the table. It has the potential to disturb the sport’s power balance in the not-too-distant future. It’s causing a stir on the PGA Tour right now.

According to Sports Pro Media, Norman partnered with LIV Golf Investments, a company that operates with a pledge of $200 million from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund. LIV Golf has joined the Asian Golf Tour and plans to hold ten tournaments in 2022.

Once all the elements are in place, Norman and the investors of the rival circuit expect payouts of $20 million to $30 million each event. The locations of tournaments may be found all around Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.

Both the PGA Tour and the European Tour officials are wary. Top players like Dustin Johnson, the world’s third-ranked golfer, and Bryson DeChambeau, the world’s seventh-ranked golfer, compete in 20 to 25 events every year. The loss of large names to a 10-event tour affects current events’ attendance and sponsorship money, especially those that share dates with the upstart.

The PGA Tour is preparing a multi-pronged attack.

The PGA Tour anticipated Greg Norman’s investors’ challenge, which resulted in reforms for a sport where the average player earned $1.485 million last season. Big earners like Jon Rahm, who won $7.7 million, and Louis Oosthuizen, who earned $6.3 million despite not winning any events, benefit from the method.

To begin, administrators established a $40 million Player Impact Program in addition to the prize money. The PGA Tour hasn’t revealed which players were paid or how much they were paid, but big in-person and broadcast attractions like Dustin Johnson surely received a large portion of the money. In 2022, the pool will be increased to $50 million, and all competitors will be eligible for $50,000 awards if they complete 15 tournaments.

Following that, the PGA Tour increased its payouts for the 2022 season. The Tournament Players Championship prize pool has increased by one-third to $20 million. The Arnold Palmer Invitational and The Memorial will also boost its prize pools by a similar proportion to $12 million, and World Golf Championships tournaments will follow suit. The three FedExCup playoff tournaments are pledging to increase rewards, which are already substantial.

The FedExCup bonus pool will increase by 25% to $75 million, while the Comcast Business Tour Top 10 pool will double to $20 million, according to the PGA Tour.

The first showdown will take place in Saudi Arabia from February 3 to 6.

In the battle against Greg Norman and LIV Golf Investments, the PGA Tour has one more card to play, and it’s a significant one. In a month, golf fans will know how things turn out.

Officials may refuse to allow players to participate in the Saudi International, which is set for Feb. 3-6, 2022, after the tournament moved affiliations from the European Tour (now the DP World Tour) to the Asian Tour, according to GolfWeek. Players must acquire waivers to compete in tournaments that compete against the PGA Tour, and the PGA Tour will be in Pebble Beach that weekend for what many golf fans consider the start of the “true” season. In the United Arab Emirates, the DP World Tour is taking place.

Saudi International organizers confirmed Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau, Xander Schauffele, Tommy Fleetwood, Louis Oosthuizen, and Paul Casey as part of their roster this week. Norman made a statement applauding the 25 athletes who agreed to join the team despite the danger.

“I wanted to contact out personally to express my admiration for you and the power of your actions,” Norman said. “I also wanted to express the degree of support you have from so many sectors of the business, who are extremely encouraged by your leadership and the new vistas in golf’s future.”

Because the PGA Tour normally granted exemptions one month in advance, the golf world will be watching closely after the holidays. Competitors who play without a waiver risk receiving fines and punishments.

The prize pool for the event is $5 million. The stakes for the future of the players may be considerably greater.

Before his Epic Masters Collapse in 1996, Greg Norman said ‘Not Even You Can Screw This Up’ on Shark Tank.

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