Greg Norman on PGA Tour: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

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Greg Norman on PGA Tour: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

A few months ago, the PGA Tour introduced changes aimed at becoming number 1 on the golf scene. LIV Golf has emerged as a major competition and many 'top' players have joined the competition supported by Saudi Arabia.

Greg Norman believes that the PGA Tour changes are really just an imitation of what LIV Golf did. "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but it is also what you get when a serious challenger suddenly confronts a 54-year-old entrenched monopoly.

On August 24, the PGA Tour responded to LIV Golf by boosting its purses, setting a pay floor, and structuring events so that fans get to see the tour’s best players—all among the innovations we introduced when we launched LIV in June."

- Norman said, as quoted by LIV Golf is trying to attract as many golfers as possible, and achieve supremacy on the golf scene. The PGA Tour has a history, it has a tradition, and with the new changes, they could save the big stars.

Money plays a big role in everything. "It is a classic case of competition benefiting workers and customers. LIV Golf is the best thing that has ever happened to the careers of professional golfers. The PGA Tour never would have changed without it."

LIV Golf and Official World Golf Ranking system

LIV Golf is not accredited with the Official World Golf Ranking system, which is a huge problem for them. They will have to find a solution for such things. Norman hopes that will change soon.

"These rankings heavily influence how much sponsors pay players," added Norman. "The ranking system must be independent if it is to be credible. With a board dominated by the PGA Tour, the Official World Golf Ranking currently excludes LIV Golf events. That needs to change. If it doesn’t, fans and sponsors won't know who is the best in the sport."