Greg Norman's hypocrisy exposed as text message comes to light

Brandel Chamblee and Greg Norman, pictured here on the golf course.
Brandel Chamblee has fired back at Greg Norman. Image: Getty

Golf analyst Brandel Chamblee has responded to a scathing swipe from Greg Norman, posting a text message exchange that highlights the Aussie legend's glaring hypocrisy.

On Tuesday, Norman labelled Chamblee a “paid talking bobblehead” in response to criticism from the Golf Channel analyst.

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Chamblee has been among the biggest critics of Norman's involvement with LIV Golf, a Saudi-funded breakaway series that has heavily divided the sport.

Backed by a reported $3 billion from Saudi Arabia, LIV Golf has been accused of acting as a tool for 'sportswashing' due to the country's appalling human right record.

“I find it laughable,” Norman said of Chamblee’s views on Tuesday.

“Has Brandel Chamblee ever been to Saudi Arabia? Has he ever built a golf course in a third world country? He’s a paid talking bobblehead. That’s all he is.

“He’s got my phone number. He’s never picked up a phone and asked me a question. Sadly, you’re making yourself look like a jerk. It’s like water off a duck’s back to me.”

Chamblee has since responded by posting a screenshot of a previous text message exchange with Norman in which the Aussie legend said: “Keep being you and call it the way you see. Refreshing.”

Chamblee wrote alongside the screenshot: “Greg Norman *to* Brandel Chamblee before I knew he was being paid by the murderous Saudi regime to sportswash.

"Funny how when I “call it like I see it” about LIV, it’s not so refreshing to Greg.”

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Henrik Stenson stripped of Ryder Cup captaincy after joining LIV

Meanwhile, Henrik Stenson has been stripped of Team Europe's Ryder Cup captaincy just few hours before the Swede announced he was joining LIV Golf.

The 2016 British Open champion helped Europe to victory in three of his five Ryder Cup appearances as a player, including the last home tournament at Le Golf National in 2018.

The 46-year-old was also vice-captain to Padraig Harrington at Whistling Straits last year and had been tasked with regaining the trophy following Europe's record 19-9 defeat to the United States team in Wisconsin.

"In light of decisions made by Henrik in relation to his personal circumstances, it has become clear he will not be able to fulfil certain contractual obligations," Ryder Cup Europe said in a statement on Wednesday.

"And it is therefore not possible for him to continue in the role of captain.

"Confirmation of the new 2023 European Ryder Cup Captain will be made in due course."

Henrik Stenson, pictured here in action at the 150th British Open at St Andrews.
Henrik Stenson in action at the 150th British Open at St Andrews. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

Stenson later confirmed on Twitter that he would play in the third LIV Golf tournament of the season from July 29-31 in New Jersey at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster.

"My interest in this concept has been well documented over the past few years," Stenson said.

"And despite some of the unfortunate and ongoing tension between LIV Golf, the DP World Tour & PGA Tours, the opportunity to play in LIV events moving forward is something that I want to experience.

"Like many of my fellow professionals, my hope is that my decision to play in LIV events will not restrict me from playing on any tour."

Stenson said he was stripped of the Ryder Cup captaincy despite making specific arrangements with LIV Golf that would have ensured he could fulfil his obligations.

"While I disagree with this decision... it's a decision I accept," Stenson added.

"I have huge respect and admiration for the Ryder Cup and those individuals behind it who I know are doing their utmost to act in the best interests of the historic event."

with AAP

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