The Open: Tiger Woods blasts Greg Norman amid LIV Golf row

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Tiger Woods expressed no sympathy for Greg Norman as he backed the LIV Golf chief's omission from the celebrations at this week's 150th Open Championship.

Norman, a two-time winner of the Claret Jug, was snubbed by tournament organisers the R&A amid the furore caused by the Saudi-backed breakaway tour that he has been pivotal in setting up.

The 67-year-old was not permitted to attend Monday's Celebration of Champions event, as well as being denied an invitation to the Champions' Dinner.

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Speaking at St Andrews on Tuesday, Woods echoed the sentiments of Rory McIlroy, who supported the R&A's decision – although the 15-time major winner went even further with his criticism, suggesting Norman was acting in a way that was in opposition to the interests of the game.

"The R&A obviously have their opinions and their rulings and their decision," said Woods, who has won the Open three times, twice at the Fife links.

"Greg has done some things that I don't think are in the best interest of our game, and we're coming back to probably the most historic and traditional place in our sport. I believe it's the right thing."


Woods reaffirmed his support for the PGA Tour and warned that those who join LIV Golf may scupper their chances of competing at the majors.

"I know what the PGA Tour stands for and what we have done and what the tour has given us, the ability to chase after our careers and to earn what we get and the trophies we have been able to play for and the history that has been a part of this game," Woods said.

"I know Greg tried to do this back in the early 90s. It didn't work then, and he's trying to make it work now. I still don't see how that's in the best interests of the game.

"I disagree with it. I think that what they [the players who have joined LIV Golf] have done is they've turned their back on what has allowed them to get to this position.

"Some players have never got a chance to even experience it. They've gone right from the amateur ranks right into that organisation and never really got a chance to play out here and what it feels like to play a tour schedule or to play in some big events.

"And who knows what's going to happen in the near future with world-ranking points, the criteria for entering major championships. The governing body is going to have to figure that out.

"Some of these players may not ever get a chance to play in major championships. That is a possibility. We don't know that for sure yet. It's up to all the major championship bodies to make that determination.

"But that is a possibility, that some players will never, ever get a chance to play in a major championship, never get a chance to experience this right here, walk down the fairways at Augusta National.

"That, to me, I just don't understand it. I just don't see how that move is positive in the long term for a lot of these players, especially if the LIV organisation doesn't get world-ranking points and the major championships change their criteria for entering the events."