Golf cult hero John Daly said he “begged” Greg Norman to give him a spot on the LIV Golf tour and fired back at critics of the Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed Bin Salman, branding him a “great guy.”
Daly, who competes on both the PGA Tour and Tour Champions (over 50s tour), is a two-time major champion with victories at the PGA Championships in 1991 and The Open in 1995 and continues to compete in them.
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However, the 56-year-old has failed to make the cut in any major since 2012.
While Daly hasn’t had much to crow about in terms of his form in the majors as of late, he still holds star power and has a bigger profile than some of the lesser-known golfers who have defected to the LIV Golf.
It’s why he was desperate for Norman, the CEO and commissioner of LIV Golf, to give him a place in the breakaway tour.
“I begged Greg Norman to let me be on the LIV tour,” Daly told Piers Morgan Uncensored.
“I play two to three pro-ams every week on the Champions tour and we don’t play for a lot of money so I almost feel like, ‘Ok, I’m not getting a lot out of this. ‘
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“Look, I’d rather play with amateurs than the pros sometimes but we’ve got to get compensated for that. The LIV tour is giving players that.
“They (LIV) play pro-ams, it’s a big party, they play for a lot of money, which these guys that are on that tour, deserve that money. And I think there’s a lot of other guys that deserve that money. Especially this old man!”
Daly also took aim at the many critics of the LIV Tour, essentially accusing them of hypocrisy in regards to the frustration directed towards Saudi Arabia’s human rights record.
“It’s unbelievable,” Daly said.
“The politics is so stupid in this. I could talk about Nike, I could talk about other companies. Little eight-year-olds are building shoes for Nike.
“We don’t want to get into that, right? You want to talk about labor laws. We’re talking about golf. Guys that are playing golf.
“The Prince of Saudi Arabia is a great guy and he’s given so much money to golfers that deserve it.
“Well, there are some that aren’t deserving because I should be on that tour.”