Text messages between Sergio Garcia and Greg Norman have surfaced from the LIV Golf lawsuit and they’re… interesting
It's been a busy few days on the LIV golf front.
On Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal reported that 11 LIV Golf Invitational Series players, including Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau, have filed a lawsuit against the PGA Tour in response to their ban from the US route after they disembarked and joined joined the Saudi-sponsored series.
They want to play PGA Tour events, although it would add to their already existing 14-tournament schedule that LIV has on the agenda for 2023, which ultimately goes against many of their main arguments for joining the nascent league – we want to play less golf and spend more time with our families!
Several new things have come to light since the lawsuit was published, one of which was that Augusta National officials appear to have attempted to convince players to join LIV.
But most intriguing are text messages between Sergio Garcia and Greg Norman, the CEO of LIV Golf.
On May 31st this year, Garcia was announced as one of the headliners for the inaugural LIV event in London. But according to those text messages, Garcia planned his jump months in advance.
"Just wanted to see how the league is going because it seems like a lot of the guys who loved it and were excited about it last week are now shitting their pants," Garcia wrote in a text on February 11.
Then almost a week later, Garcia wrote: "Hi Sharky! It's official, the tour notified our managers this week that anyone who signs with the league will be banned from the tour for life! I don't know how we can get enough good players to join the league under these conditions.
In response, Norman insisted the tour couldn't make such a move: "They can't ban you for a day, let alone for life. It's a superficial threat.”
Here's a look at all the news:
On June 9, PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan banned 17 players from the PGA Tour after playing LIV London.
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