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Golf 2022: Rory McIlroy wants Greg Norman gone as LIV CEO to end LIV-PGA Tour war, ‘adult in the room’ dig

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Rory McIlroy has said there needs to be a “compromise” between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf, and on Tuesday he took things a step further, calling for the ousting of the latter’s CEO and commissioner, Greg Norman, to help break the “stalemate” between the two circuits.

The NY Post reports the 33-year-old World No. 1 and four-time major champion told reporters at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai: “Greg needs to go.

“He needs to exit stage left.

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“He’s made his mark, but I think now is the right time to say, ‘You’ve got this thing off the ground, but no one’s going to talk unless there’s an adult in the room that can actually try to mend fences.’.”

Norman has been the public face of the controversial Saudi-backed circuit since it launched earlier this year.

Last week, LIV denied a Daily Telegraph report that the bombastic Aussie would be replaced by former TaylorMade CEO Mark King, who currently serves Taco Bell in the same role.

It also marked the latest jab at the Shark from the Northern Irishman. After winning the Canadian Open in June, McIlroy said the victory would be one he’d remember for a long time before adding, “Twenty-first PGA Tour win, one more than someone else – that gave me a little extra incentive today and happy to get it done.”

The 67-year-old Norman — who two years ago infamously posted a shirtless photo along with an eggplant emoji in an attempted dig at Bryson DeChambeau in a since-deleted tweet — has meanwhile resorted to his own form of pettiness at various points throughout LIV’s inaugural season.

In June, Norman told the Washington Post that McIlroy was among those who have been “brainwashed” into speaking out against LIV, which is bankrolled by the Saudi Arabian government and has been accused of being used to sports wash the country’s human rights atrocities.

In August, Norman ripped PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan after the tour made changes that included guaranteed money with a meme in which Monahan fictitiously said to Norman: “Hey, can I copy your homework?”

Meanwhile, Norman has also announced plans to add seven more players for LIV’s 2023 season, which will tee off in February and is expanding from eight tournaments to 14.

This week Norman announced LIV is coming to Adelaide next year, with an event scheduled for April 21-23.

This article originally appeared in the NY Post and was reproduced with permission.

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