Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley said LIV Golf chief executive Greg Norman was not invited to the Masters because he would have distracted from the tournament, making clear his body stands firmly with the PGA Tour in golf’s divide.
In his annual pre-Masters news conference, Ridley praised the “tone” taken by golfers from both side’s of the sport’s split during the build-up to the tournament, which gets under way on Thursday, but there was no disguising where his and Augusta’s loyalties lie.
“We did not extend an invitation to Mr. Norman,” Ridley said. “The primary issue and the driver there is that I want the focus this week to be on the Masters competition, on the great players that are participating, the greatest players in the world.
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