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Greg Norman shows up at Augusta National to support LIV golfers at Masters

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There aren’t many things that Greg Norman hasn’t experienced on a golf course.

As a two-time major winner and someone who has finished second three times at the Masters, where golf’s elite are this week, Norman’s strange encounters are few and far between.

But this week, Norman, LIV Golf’s top executive, roamed around Augusta National Golf Club like anyone else who paid to get inside.

“Walking around here (Wednesday), there’s not one person who said to me, ‘Why did you do LIV?'” Norman told the Washington Post. “There’s been hundreds of people, even security guys, stopping me, saying, ‘Hey, what you’re doing is fantastic.’ To me, that tells you that what we have and the platform fits within the ecosystem, and it’s good for the game of golf.”

Norman hadn’t attended the Masters since 2021 and looked like any other golf fan when going through the main gate, except for the contingent of fellow LIV executives tagging along.

“I’m here because we have 13 players that won 10 Masters between them,” Norman said. “So I’m here just to support them, do the best I can to show them, ‘Hey, you know, the boss is here rooting for you.'”

Norman also says he is not involved with talks between the Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and PGA Tour about a possible merger.

“LIV is completely autonomous to that, to be honest with you,” Norman said. “I’m not even privy to any of the conversations, which I’m happy about because we’re focused on delivering what we promised the world we would deliver.”

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