Did Greg Norman recruit for LIV Golf as QBE Shootout host? 18 LIV gamers who’re former ‘Shark Shootout’ contributors suggests he might have

There’s an previous saying that when is an accident, twice is coincidence and 3 times is a sample. What if I instructed you that 18 LIV Golf gamers who jumped from the PGA Tour this season for boatloads of Saudi money had competed within the QBE Shootout, AKA, the Shark Shootout? That is greater than coincidence.

It seems that Norman, who hosted the unofficial tour occasion since 1989, exploited his internet hosting duties to recruit gamers to LIV. Creating a chummy relationship with Tour execs on the one occasion the place the Shark repeatedly received to spend every week within the locker room and kind relationships with them turned out to be rewarding. Of the 18 former shootout opponents who joined LIV, 13 off them performed in Naples, Florida inside the previous two years when the upstart Saudi-backed golf league was chickening out.

A conspiracy principle, you say? Effectively, that might be however hopefully among the discovery within the LIV-PGA Tour lawsuit will shed some mild on Norman’s recruiting course of.

Norman, the CEO and Commissioner of LIV, is not collaborating on the QBE, neither are the LIV gamers from a Foolish Season occasion that Norman started with the very best intentions: Norman, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Raymond Floyd teed it up at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando in 1986 as a fundraiser for what’s now the Arnold Palmer Medical Middle in Orlando. It grew from there.

Let’s check out the 18 gamers who beforehand spent at the very least one fun-filled week on the Ritz-Carlton and performed at Tiburon Golf Membership however are banned from the unofficial group occasion after leaving for richer pastures with LIV Golf.

Greg Norman

Greg Norman QBE Shootout

Greg Norman QBE Shootout

Kevin Tway, left, and Rory Sabbatini, who gained the QBE Shootout, pose with match founder and host Greg Norman on Dec. 15, 2019. (Photograph: Michael O’Byron/QBE Shootout)

This was Norman’s child and he was pleased with it. Regardless of his long-running feud with the PGA Tour, he put these emotions behind to function match host and did a whole lot of good for the Naples-Sarasota neighborhood. Norman made a report 24 appearances within the occasion as match host and gained the occasion in 1998 in a playoff with associate Steve Elkington. He final competed within the match in 2013.

Abraham Ancer

Joaquin Niemann of Chile and Abraham Ancer of Mexico joke on the vary previous to the ultimate spherical of the QBE Shootout at Tiburon Golf Membership on December 13, 2020 in Naples, Florida. (Photograph by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Pictures)

Mexico’s Abraham Ancer performed simply as soon as in 2020, teaming with Joaquin Niemann. Ancer is at the moment ranked No. 30 within the Official World Golf Rating.

Bryson DeChambeau

(L) Lexi Thompson and her enjoying associate (R) Bryson DeChambeau stand on the fourth tee field in the course of the ultimate spherical of the Franklin Templeton Shootout at Tiburon Golf Membership on December 10, 2016 in Naples, Florida. (Photograph by Chris Trotman/Getty Pictures)

Bryson DeChambeau performed in 2016 and 2018. He and Norman shared a second connection as Cobra-Puma ambassadors.

In 2016, DeChambeau partnered with Lexi Thompson and tried to putt sidesaddle that week in what was a doomed effort.

Charles Howell III

QBE Shootout 2021

QBE Shootout 2021

Ian Poulter and Charles Howell III discuss on the second inexperienced in the course of the first spherical of the QBE Shootout at Tiburon Golf Membership on December 10, 2021 in Naples, Florida. (Photograph by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Pictures)

Charles Howell III first performed in Norman’s shindig in 2000 – with fellow younger gun Adam Scott – and most not too long ago in 2021 with Ian Poulter.

Howell, who gained 3 times on the PGA Tour and earned greater than $42 million, joined LIV in late July.

DustinJohnson

Dustin Johnson, middle, celebrates ending the spherical in the course of the second day of the pro-am on the Franklin Templeton Shark Shootout in 2013. Johnson and Ian Poulter went on to win.
Dustin Johnson Shootout

Dustin Johnson performed within the match 4 instances and gained in 2010. The 2-time main winner joined LIV in June and was reportedly paid a signing bonus of greater than $100 million.

Jason Kokrak

QBE Shootout 2021

QBE Shootout 2021

Jason Kokrak and Kevin Na have fun after profitable the 2021 QBE Shootout on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, at Tiburón Golf Membership at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Florida. (Photograph: Landon Bost/Naples Each day Information)

Jason Kokrak performed twice within the occasion, in 2019 and 2021, when he teamed with Kevin Na to win the title. Kokrak appeared to be a straightforward goal for LIV on condition that he already was sponsored by Golf Saudi. He formally left the PGA Tour in late July.

Marc Leishman

Jason Day of Australia and Marc Leishman of Australia react on the seventeenth inexperienced in the course of the first spherical of the QBE Shootout at Tiburon Golf Membership on December 10, 2021 in Naples, Florida. (Photograph by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Pictures)

Marc Leishman performed twice, in 2020 and 2021. He partnered with fellow Aussies Cameron Smith and Jason Day final yr. Leishman was a part of a package deal take care of Smith, and formally signed with LIV after the FedEx Cup.

Graeme McDowell

Graeme McDowell tees off on the fifth gap in the course of the QBE Shootout Professional-Am in Naples on the Tiburón Golf Membership on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. Photograph by Chris Tilley/Naples Each day Information

Graeme McDowell performed 9 instances within the Shootout, most not too long ago in 2021, and completed runner-up on three separate events. The previous US Open champion was one of many first Tour execs to make the transfer to LIV.

Kevin Effectively

Kevin Na Jason Kokrak

Kevin Na Jason Kokrak

Kevin Na of the USA and Jason Kokrak of the USA look on from the fourth tee in the course of the second spherical of the QBE Shootout at Tiburon Golf Membership on December 11, 2021 in Naples, Florida. (Photograph by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Pictures)

Kevin Na performed 3 times within the Shootout and gained in 2021. However the defending champ left the PGA Tour and renounced his membership in June and is the captain of the Iron Heads group. He has fallen to No. 47 in OWGR.

Joaquin Niemann

2020 QBE Shootout

2020 QBE Shootout

Joaquin Niemann of Chile performs his shot from the primary tee in the course of the ultimate spherical of the QBE Shootout at Tiburon Golf Membership on December 13, 2020 in Naples, Florida. (Photograph by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Pictures)

Chile’s Joaquin Niemann performed solely as soon as within the QBE Shootout in 2020, when he partnered with Abraham Ancer. Niemann is the lone participant up to now to attend the gamers assembly on the BMW Championship hosted by Tiger Woods and go away for LIV. The 24-year-old Niemann nonetheless is ranked No. 22 on this planet.

Pat Perez

(LR) Talor Gooch, group Captain Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed and Pat Perez of 4 Aces GC have fun with the trophy after profitable first place for the group award throughout day three of the LIV Golf Invitational – Bedminster at Trump Nationwide Golf Membership Bedminster on July 31, 2022 in Bedminster, NJ. (Photograph: Jared C. Tilton/LIV through Getty Pictures )

Pat Perez competed within the Shootout in 2017 and 2018. He is a poster youngster for LIV Golf, incomes greater than $8 million whereas barely cracking an egg. He made $961,000 in particular person prize cash and $7,062,500 due to 4 Aces’ success.

Ian Poulter

Charles Howell III of the USA and Ian Poulter of England line up a putt on the seventeenth inexperienced in the course of the first spherical of the QBE Shootout at Tiburon Golf Membership on December 10, 2021 in Naples, Florida. (Photograph by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Pictures)

Ian Poulter was a daily shootout, competing in it 9 instances, together with in 2010 when he was a part of the profitable group with Dustin Johnson. He is also a former Cobra staffer and knew Norman properly from picture shoots and the like. The previous Ryder Cup hero joined LIV in June.

Patrick Reed

Patrick Reed (proper) and teammate JB Holmes have fun an eagle on the sixteenth inexperienced in the course of the first spherical of the Franklin Templeton Shootout golf match on the Tiburon Golf Membership – Gold Course. (Photograph: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports activities)

Patrick Reed performed within the Shootout twice (2014-15). The previous Masters winner signed on with LIV in June. He is slipped to No. 66 on this planet.

CameronSmith

Cameron Smith Marc Leishman

Cameron Smith Marc Leishman

Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith replace their scorecards going to eighth gap in the course of the 2021 QBE Shootout on the Tiburon Golf Membership in Naples, Florida. (Photograph: Chris Tilley/Naples Each day Information through USA TODAY Community)

The Aussie Smith might be Norman’s greatest “get” up to now. In doing so, Norman grabbed the Tour’s reigning Gamers Championship and British Open winner. Smith is at the moment ranked No. 3 on this planet and gained 5 instances around the globe this yr.

Hudson Swafford

Hudson Swafford tees off in the course of the QBE Shootout on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021 at Tiburón Golf Membership in Naples, Florida.

Hudson Swafford performed within the Shootout simply as soon as in 2021. On condition that Swafford and Harris English are sometimes confused for one another and English is a three-time champion of the occasion, it begs the query: did Norman goal the incorrect man?

Cameron Tringale

Cameron Tringale and Jason Day on the 2014 Franklin Templeton Shootout at Tiburon Golf Membership in Naples.

Cameron Tringale teamed with Jason Day in 2014 to tie the bottom spherical in match historical past, a 55, within the scramble format in 2014. It was Tringale’s first begin within the occasion and his solely win on the PGA Tour, albeit of the unofficial selection.

Tringale, who has dropped to No. 64 on this planet, joined LIV and renounced his Tour membership in late August.

Harold Varner III

Harold Varner III and Ryan Palmer have fun a birdie on No. 8 to finish the second spherical of the QBE Shootout on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019 at Tiburon Golf Membership in Naples, Florida. (Photograph by Michael O’Bryon/ QBE Shootout)

Harold Varner III performed within the Shootout 3 times. Varner III partnered with Bubba Watson in 2018. HV3 and Ryan Palmer teamed in 2019 to shoot 55 within the scramble format. Varner gained the Saudi Worldwide in February and joined LIV in late August after the FedEx Cup.

Bubba Watson

QBE Shootout 2021

QBE Shootout 2021

Bubba Watson and Lexi Thompson stroll on the second inexperienced in the course of the first spherical of the QBE Shootout at Tiburon Golf Membership on December 10, 2021 in Naples, Florida. (Photograph by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Pictures)

Bubba Watson performed within the Shootout seven instances, most not too long ago final yr with Lexi Thompson.

Watson signed with LIV in late July, however hasn’t competed in an occasion as he recovers from surgical procedure for a torn meniscus. The previous two-time Masters champ has plummeted to No. 139 on this planet.

Lee Westwood

Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood, who will play collectively in the course of the Franklin Templeton Shootout, in the course of the 2013 Northwestern Mutual World Problem.

Lee Westwood performed within the Shootout simply as soon as, in 2013. Westwood, who would have been eligible for PGA Tour Champions in April, was one of many first execs to affix LIV Golf and performed your complete eight-event inaugural season. He has tumbled from thirty seventh to 143rd in OWGR.

Matthew Wolff

Matthew Wolff and Viktor Hovland, each former Oklahoma State stars, are paired collectively for the QBE Shootout in Naples.
Wolf Hovland

Matthew Wolff performed within the Shootout twice, in 2019-20. The 23-year-old former NCAA particular person champion from Oklahoma State gained as soon as on the PGA Tour and appeared to have a promising future forward of him. However after ending 2021 at No. 30 in OWGR, he has tumbled to No. 147. He has been open about his psychological well being struggles and claims the group format with LIV has been useful to him.

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