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Greg Norman Hits US PGA Tour for Bullying Golfers; Zach Johnson Named US Ryder Cup Captain

Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Greg Norman Hits US PGA Tour for Bullying Golfers Zach Johnson Named US Ryder Cup Captain

Australian golf legend Greg Norman blasts the US Professional Golfers Association Tour of “bullying” its players. This is in an effort to prevent them from joining the Super League. It is in a form of letter for the US PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan. Two-time British Open champion Norman accused the official of “going too far” and “being unfair”. This is for US PGA Tour members that they would lose their membership if they play on the rival circuit. The emergence of a new group in the sport could possibly bring healthy competition that could give more chances for golfers of winning tournaments and hand pro golf betting enthusiasts more opportunities to cash in on their bets.

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The Australian great will lead the planning group for the new golf league. who was the world’s top parbuster for 331 weeks in the 1990s, has led  He hopes to kick off the tournament this year with 14 events on tap. Norman’s group sought to entice the world’s top parbusters with guaranteed money. However, the likes of current world number one Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy opted out of joining the upstart group. Six-time major winner Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler suggest the presence of a breakaway league. This might motivate the US PGA Tour to initiate changes that can benefit the golfers. Second-ranked golfer Collin Morikawa prefers the PGA Tour more than bolting out of another league, saying that this is where he belongs.

Zach Johnson Named as US Ryder Cup Captain

Two-time major champion Zach Johnson will try to lead Team USA in ending the 30-year winless skid it is having on European soil as he was chosen as team captain for the 2023 edition of the Ryder Cup in Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Rome, Italy. Sources close to PGA of America confirmed the move to US media days before the formal announcement on February 28. Not everyone is surprised with the decision. The 45-year-old has served as an assistant captain for the last two Ryder Cups. Team USA has shifted captains in previous stagings of the team event. The US parbusters are coming off a 19-9 rout of Europe at Whistling Straits in September 2021. Steve Stricker is guiding the team. Stricker is not available to lead the squad. This is because he was part of the Ryder Cup that picked the next captain.

American golfers have endorsed Johnson’s appointment with Tony Finau describing him as a “great leader” with a “cool blend of older generational player and a person with a new generational outlook of the game.” Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Xander Schauffele believes that Johnson’s playing career gave him the insight to become a team captain. The Americans have won the Ryder Cup only four of the last 13 times. Their last victory outside US was in 1993 at The Belfry in England. The Ryder Cup reverts to odd-numbered years when the COVID-19 pandemic delays the 2020 matches for one year.

Team Europe has yet to announce its team captain for the 2023 event and golf betting sites will feature more developments as the tournament nears.