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Greg Norman said he was asked not to attend QBE Shootout, an event he founded, due to LIV Golf

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Greg Norman said Tuesday that he has been asked not to attend the QBE Shootout this season – the PGA Tour event he founded and hosted in Naples, Florida for more than three decades.

The problem, which Norman hinted at in an Instagram post, is due to him being the CEO of the controversial LIV Golf Invitational Series.

“Unfortunately, after 33 consecutive years of playing in and hosting every Shootout—a jointly approved PGA Tour event—since I founded it in 1989, this year I was asked not to attend,” Norman wrote in part.

“Why one might ask? Perhaps because I am helping bring a new heart to golf, creating new value and introducing a new product loved by players, fans and broadcasters alike. In doing so, players are finally given their rights as independent contractors to benefit from their performance and their brand.” In the minds of some people, this is very disruptive and evolution is seen as a bad thing.”

Norman has been the CEO of LIV Golf since its inception earlier this year, and has come under much criticism for his participation in the Saudi Arabia-backed league. He was asked not to attend the British Open earlier this year, and the R&A association said it hoped to invite him in the future only “when conditions permit”. LIV Golf, as well as several players, are currently in a legal battle with the PGA Tour over their dispute as well.

QBE Shootout is an unofficial round event held every December at the Golden Course at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Florida – designed by Norman. A 54-hole event between 12 teams of players against each other, it has raised over $15 million for various charities.

Kevin Na and Jason Kokrac won the event last year at 33 under par for this week.

QBE Shootout director Rob Hartman told the Naples Daily News on Tuesday that they had been discussing Norman’s role for months.

“As we got closer, the decision was finally made that he would step back and leave the focus on our massive philanthropic partners,” Hartmann said. “When this event started 34 years ago, it was all about philanthropy then and all about philanthropy now. Greg just made a decision that he didn’t want anything to distract from that.”

Greg Norman

Greg Norman, who founded QBE Shootout more than three decades ago, is the CEO of LIV Golf. (Brian Spurlock/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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