'It's called having honor and integrity': Reaction to Greg Norman, Jack Nicklaus spat

Lori Schmidt
The Columbus Dispatch

Greg Norman has teed off on Jack Nicklaus, calling the Golden Bear a hypocrite. 

Norman, who won 20 PGA Tour events and 71 international tournaments during his playing career, is a backer of the Saudi financed LIV Golf series. 

Nicklaus, a golf legend, owns 73 PGA Tour wins and captured a record 18 majors before he started to focus on course design. 

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And according to Norman, Nicklaus originally supported LIV Golf before publicly pledging his allegiance exclusively to the PGA. 

“Nicklaus attended a LIV presentation and later wrote in an email that the new tour had his blessing,” Norman told The Washington Post. 

The back-and-forth has naturally attracted the attention of golf fans, some of whom compared what the two men did as players and their resulting legacies. 

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Others pointed out that Nicklaus signed on to design courses in Saudi Arabia or noted that In a breach-of-contract lawsuit, Nicklaus Companies, LLC, claims that it had to convince Nicklaus to abandon the idea of working with LIV Golf.

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But most believed Nicklaus was, in the end, taking a principled stand. 

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Although at least one internet wag joked that everyone's principles are for sale – for the right price.