‘Act of intimidation by the PGA’
It is now an all-out battle between the PGA Tour and the Arabian Golf Super League. In the new chapter of the diatribe emerge the harsh accusations of Greg Norman, former world number 1 on the men’s green and now CEO of Liv Golf Investments sponsored by Pif, a sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia.
Greg Norman, statements
“From our perspective and in the eyes of the law, the PGA Tour’s threats against players are impermissible under the competition and the law.” In a letter addressed to the players and their agents, Norman attacked harshly the policy pursued by the top American circuit to retain its members and prevent them from going to marry the Saudi Golf League project.
“To permanently ban from the PGA Tour – Norman’s accusation – anyone who decides to go and play on another tour is not legal. And it represents an act of intimidation. The PGA Tour refuses to engage in constructive dialogue for improvement.
of the game and of this sport” In the meantime, Jay Monhan, commissioner of the PGA Tour, reiterates. “The players must make a decision and whoever chooses the Saudi league will lose their registration on the best American circuit.”
While on a possible suspension of Phil Mickelson – who has strongly criticized the PGA Tour, also making harsh accusations at Saudi Arabia, only to apologize – Monahan prefers not to comment and keep the matter confidential.
He is one of the most successful sportsmen of all time, as well as one of the richest in the world. In terms of firsts, Tiger Woods is still present: 15 major tournaments won, 110 professional tournaments, the most successful golfer in the history of the sport.
Statistics that explain why he managed to stay at the top of the world rankings for 683 weeks (including 281 consecutive) and especially because in 2014 he became the first athlete in the world to have crossed the billion dollar mark.
Astronomical figure which also justifies the fact that Tiger Woods can afford a yacht like the Privacy, a real fairy tale boat. And obviously, we’re talking about something that was expensive. If you imagine a luxury yacht and some comfort on board, then Privacy has it.
48 meters long, with a total area of 600 square meters, this yacht was purchased by the golfer in 2004. Equipped with five cabins that can accommodate a total of ten people, it also has four quarters for nine crew members .
Tiger Woods usually calls it “my dinghy” even though everything looks like a dinghy: with a cruising speed of 18 knots, it also has an onboard gym where the golfer continues to train. Woods, in fact, prefers to stay on this yacht during tournaments held in New York.
With cherry wood interiors, Privacy also boasts a three-person elevator, a huge jacuzzi, big enough to seat eight, and the inevitable cinema room and bar area. The little extra of this mega yacht is provided by the area that Tiger Woods wanted dedicated to scuba diving: this also explains the presence of an (inflatable) decompression chamber and an area dedicated to filling bottles. ‘oxygen.
The luxury is also complemented by three jet skis and two scooters for short shore excursions. Obviously, all this has a price: privacy costs 17 million euros and its annual maintenance amounts to 1.7 million euros.