Hard travel for Norris and the temptation of Saudi league

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Shaun Norris, the previous participant to be paired with Tiger Woods in the PGA Championship, headed dwelling to South Africa to see his youthful youngsters, acquire a limited break from traveling and figure out where by his environment travels really should take him.

A single option is the Saudi-funded LIV Golf Invitational sequence, which has his consideration.

Norris, who is No. 66 in the environment with 10 profession victories, reported he has signed up for the inaugural occasion in two weeks outdoors London.

Even now to be determined is whether or not he goes, or even if he’s in the area. Norris, considerably like absolutely everyone else, isn’t confident and has not read everything.

“I’ve entered,” he mentioned. “I’m just ready to see what will happen. I’m not fully certain or made a decision on heading yet. I’m just hanging back and essentially screening the waters.”

The dollars and the little agenda are attractive to the 40-yr-previous.

Norris has victories on the Sunshine Tour, Japan Golf Tour, Asian Tour and the European tour in his profession. This yr alone, he has played tournaments on 4 of the six principal golfing circuits, earning his European tour card by profitable a co-sanctioned occasion in South Africa.

He has alternatives. He also has two little ones, a 3-calendar year-old boy and a daughter born two months back in Pretoria.

“I observed her for a week and then I had to go away,” Norris explained. “She’s smiling. We do video contacting just about every working day. But it’s tricky.”

That’s a massive cause why he is curious about LIV Golfing.

“If it does work out for me, at my age, you start off to want to glimpse following your family and keep at home,” Norris explained. “All this tricky touring playing Europe, the U.S., Japan, I hardly get to see my youngsters. We’re trying to figure out a way to make it less difficult. If it comes down to have to do that, you never ever know. But I’m not speeding into any decisions.”

He returns next 7 days for the U.S. Open up, exempt by successful the Sunshine Tour Get of Advantage. The to start with LIV Golfing occasion is June 9-11 at Centurion Golfing Club, a 7 days just before the U.S. Open outdoors Boston. The subsequent one particular is scheduled for Oregon on July 1-3, a week ahead of he is to perform the Scottish Open and the British Open up.

“If you can function out 15 or 20 weeks of the year and the rest of the time is used at dwelling? That is an suitable way of living, primarily as the father of two,” he reported.

Besides for 2020, when the timetable was disrupted by the pandemic, Norris has averaged 27 tournaments a year, with a high of 34.

So what is keeping him back from signing up for a collection of $20 million events with $4 million for the winner?

“I just want to see how the excursions are going to deal with it,” he said. “Are they going to entirely ban you from the tours? Fantastic you? I don’t want to get myself in a full mess wherever I just cannot get out of it. We know there are a bunch of players completely fully commited. Let’s see what comes about.”

Norris said neither the Sunshine Tour, which just started off back up once more, nor the Japan Golfing Tour is “not bothered” by users enjoying. He is a European tour member. As tempting as the revenue and routine is, Norris can see why the PGA Tour and European tour are resisting.

“The PGA Tour has constructed a little something for 50 years to get to where by they are. And here’s Saudi, seeking to begin the place the PGA Tour is now,” he explained. “They’re fundamentally throwing funds at it. I can absolutely realize why the PGA Tour is feeling how they’re experience, and the European tour. You don’t want to have a tour just take around like that.”


Mito Pereira cared only about successful the PGA Championship, and to close with a double bogey to finish a single shot out of a playoff was devastating.

It is really a small consolation but Pereira, who was No. 100 in the globe and obtained a exclusive invitation to the PGA for his next main, is assured of taking part in the following 4.

He moved to No. 49 in the environment in the very last tournament in advance of the U.S. Open (top 60) and British Open up (top rated 50) employed the position to make a decision which gamers are exempt. His tie for third earned him a spot in his to start with Masters upcoming April. And the PGA Championship takes the leading 15 and ties from the prior calendar year.

Pay back Raise

The Evian Championship was elevated to a fifth major on the LPGA Tour in 2013, and the majors represented the most important purses in women’s golfing. Evian led the way that 12 months with a $3.25 million purse.

With boosts throughout the board, the 5 majors have far more than tripled the prize funds to a complete of $32.8 million.

The U.S. Women’s Open is the richest in women’s golfing at $10 million. The Women’s British Open final year introduced a further bump so the prize money will be $6.8 million at Muirfield (which until not too long ago was an all-male club).

Evian was the most up-to-date, announcing a $2 million enhance that brings the complete purse this calendar year to $6.5 million, with a $1 million payoff likely to the winner.

“Elevating the purse of this main championship can make a effective statement about the price and position of the women’s video game,” LPGA Tour Commissioner Mollie Marcoux Samaan stated.

The Chevron Championship purse in California was $5 million, although the KPGA Women’s Championship purse final year was $4.5 million. It has not introduced the purse for this year’s match at Congressional.

In addition to the $1 million for the winner, the Evian will fork out everyone in the subject, even a stipend for people who skip the lower.


Texas Tech junior Ludvig Aberg of Sweden has gained the the Ben Hogan Award, honoring the major men’s university golfer primarily based on college or university, novice and pro activities above the very last 12 months.

Aberg is the very first winner from Texas Tech and the third Ben Hogan Award winner from a Major 12 Convention university in the past 5 several years, becoming a member of Viktor Hovland of Oklahoma Condition (2019) and Doug Ghim of Texas (2018).

He was selected about Sam Bennett of Texas A&M and Eugenio Chacarra of Oklahoma Point out.

Aberg, the No. 2 participant in the environment newbie rating, received the Big 12 Championship and The Status as element of his nine straight finishes in the best 15. A runner-up at the European Newbie previous summer months, Aberg tied for 30th in the Scandinavian Combined on the European tour and tied for 51st in the Bermuda Championship on the PGA Tour.

The award arrives with an exemption to perform the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial subsequent 12 months.


The PGA Functions Collegiate Championship will be held future calendar year at Shoal Creek, the Alabama club that invited its very first Black member in 1990 so it could host the PGA Championship. … Bubba Watson, in a tweet to congratulate PGA winner Justin Thomas, exposed he has a torn meniscus and will be out for four to 6 weeks. That signifies Watson would not be likely by way of U.S. Open qualifying. … Inbee Park has withdrawn from the U.S. Women’s Open upcoming 7 days. … Harris English, who hoped to return to aggressive golfing at the PGA Championship, withdrew from Colonial. He experienced surgical treatment on his remaining hip and has not performed considering that the next complete 7 days in January. … Right after 3rd-put finishes the past two months, MJ Daffue of South Africa is the latest Korn Ferry Tour participant to have adequate details to be among the 25 players who get PGA Tour cards next year.

STAT OF THE 7 days

The very last 4 key champions had been all in their 20s and between the best 10 in the entire world when they gained.

Ultimate Term

“Now I realize when people today watch me on Tv set how anxious they get.” — Joaquin Niemann as he watched Chilean buddy Mito Pereira consider to earn the PGA Championship.


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