The Northwest Arkansas Business Journal has learned that Greg Norman, two-time lead hero and CEO of Highly Profitable Junior Golf LeagueTravel to northwest Arkansas in early September to visit Tyson at Blessings Golf Club.
Tyson, president of Springdale-based meat giant Tyson Foods, owns Blessings, which opened 18 years ago near Fayetteville.
In a statement to the Business Journal, Tyson confirmed Norman’s visit to Blessings. He said he’s been friends with Norman for more than 20 years and that their conversation was part of Tyson’s “ongoing search” to offer blessings to the world’s best golfers.
“She has always supported amateur and collegiate golfers, as evidenced by the upcoming Blessings Collegiate Invitational next month,” Tyson said. “For several years, I’ve also been exploring ways to bring the best golfers in the world into our neighborhood. I’ve talked to the USGA, the PGA, and others to try and find a way to showcase the guys as the LPGA Championship at Pinnacle. [Country Club] In Rogers this week for the best female golfers in the world.
“As part of this ongoing research, Greg Norman came to see me for a conversation about my desire to do this at some point in the future.”
3rd annual Collective blessings invite Presented by Tyson Foods and scheduled for October 3-5. Featuring 11 of the best college men’s and women’s teams from across the country, Golf Channel will provide three hours of live coverage every day.
Blessings also received a national broadcast on The Golf Channel in 2019 when it hosted the NCAA Division I men’s and women’s golf tournament. Blessings is also home to The men’s and women’s golf teams at the University of Arkansas.
LIV is in the middle of its inaugural season with eight events that make up the LIV Golf Invitational Series. The schedule contains seven regular events and the season finale team tournament, which is scheduled to be played at Trump National Doral Miami October 27-30 with a $50 million purse.
In 2023, the Invitational Series will become the LIV Golf League with an expanded schedule. Sports Illustrated reported on September 5 That the tentative schedule remains flexible but could include up to nine events in the US LIV has not confirmed the details.
Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund supports LIV Golf, which critics say is “sportswashing” by a country that has been criticized for its human rights record. Norman said the goal of LIV is to develop the game globally.
Several high-profile PGA Tour players have defected to the junior golf league, lured by hundreds of millions of dollars into signing up for ring offering bonuses.
LIV counts 12 major winners among its players, including Cam Smith, who is ranked number two in the world, Dustin Johson, Brooks Koepka, Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson. Tournaments offer $25 million worth of handbags in 54-hole no-cut tournaments.
“LIV” stands for Roman numerals 54, the score if each hole in the par-72 course is submerged, and the number of holes played on the LIV course.
The US Department of Justice is investigating potential antitrust violations by the PGA Tour, which has suspended players who were tempted by LIV’s massive sums of money. According to the Associated Press, Some players have also sued the PGA Tour Because of their suspension in a federal antitrust lawsuit.
Norman is a retired professional golfer who ranked #1 in the world in the 1980s and 1990s. In 1993, he founded the Greg Norman Company, a A multinational company with diversified business interestsincluding apparel, hospitality, golf course design and real estate development.
Norman’s career also includes a layover in Northwest Arkansas. When it opened in 1990, Rogers’ Pinnacle Country Club – then known as Champions Golf & Country Club – organized a special event called The Greg Norman Challenge. CBS broadcast the event, with superstar sportsmen Larry Bird (NBA), Wayne Gretzky (NHL) and Evan Lendl (WTA) in top ball shape against Norman.