Can Greg Norman Be More Wrong About Tiger Woods: Old Video of LIV Golf’s Commander Proves He Was Just as Clueless About His Rival’s Ability as When the Merger News Came Out

Published 06/24/2023, 4:30 PM EDT

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Tiger Woods is one of the most prominent and greatest players in the history of golf. The golfer has displayed exceptional skills ever since he turned professional, and even before that as well during his Stanford days. But the golfer has been going through a rough professional patch ever since his near-fatal accident in 2021. But before that, Woods was on fire and every golf enthusiast would agree, except one person!

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Greg Norman, the CEO of LIV Golf has different thoughts about Tiger Woods back in time in 2016. He did not think of him as a fit player anymore to compete against the young talent.

Greg Norman undermined Tiger Woods back in 2016

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2016 was a difficult year for the 15-time major champion. For the first time in his career, he missed most of the season and all four majors because of his back pain. During that time, Norman, a former PGA Tour legend himself pointed out that he thinks that Woods would not return to his previous form in the coming years. He was interviewed by a TMZ Sports reporter who asked him the question about Woods’ retirement and his probable return.

Norman’s response was; “The older he gets, the younger other players get. It’s harder for him to compete at the higher level; the body does not allow you to do it.” He also mentioned that it is hard to “match the kids in their twenties when you are in your forties.”

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When the interviewer asked him if he has any advice for the 82-time PGAT winner, he said that one should be realistic in life and should think of the life that is ahead. He also mentioned that one should be sure of their decision going forward.

On the contrary, it seems that the 68-year-old was clueless about Woods’ potential back then, as the GOAT returned with a bang for the 2017 season.

How did Woods prove Norman wrong?

In 2017, the 5-time Masters Champion returned and shocked everyone with his performance. During the 2017-18 season, the Golf Hall of Gamer competed in 18 events, and won 1 of them He finished in the top 10 in 7 of those events and was runner up for 2 of them. These stats definitely does not sound like how Norman explained Woods.

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In the 2018-2019 season, the golf legend clenched his first major victory in 11 years in the 2019 Masters. Woods’ world turned upside down in 2021 when he became victim to an extremely unfortunate car accident, from which the golfer is still recovering.

Amid the $3 billion merger between PGA Tour, DP World Tour, and LIV golf, Greg Norman’s old video goes to show that he was extremely clueless about Woods’ ability on the course 6 years ago! Woods is in between recovery from his ankle surgery and we hope he comes back with a bang!

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What are your thoughts about Norman’s old remarks against Woods? Let us know in the comments below.

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Riya Singhal

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Riya Singhal is a promising golf writer at EssentiallySports. She was recently recruited in the latest round of ‘ES Draft’ as one of the young writers with a strong passion for golf writing. Despite being in her early days, Riya has already showcased exceptional talent in her coverage of the sport, with her article on Brooks Koepka's kind gesture towards a young fan after his Masters loss quickly rising to the top of the charts.
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