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Greg Norman to the Open at Royal Troon? R&A rep: ‘I don’t think there’s a ‘G Norman’ (on the list)’

When Henrik Stenson captured the Claret Jug at Royal Troon in 2016, a total of 173,000 spectators watched.

When the legendary event returns to Scottish shores this year, as many as 250,000 people will pass through the gates, the R&A announced earlier this week, adding that all tickets had been collected.

With the event sold out, LIV Golf’s embattled CEO Greg Norman may have to sneak in from the beach.

In the tense, uneasy truce that professional men’s golf finds itself in, Norman grabbed a lot of attention at the Masters after apparently purchasing a ticket on the secondary market.

The 69-year-old Australian, who won two Claret Jugs and lost in a play-off at Troon in 1989, was not invited by The R&A to take part in the Celebration of Champions or to the Champions’ Dinner at St Andrews in 2022 to attend after the The LIV uprising had only come into action a few weeks earlier.

“I don’t think there’s a ‘G Norman’ (on the list) and I think someone would have let me know if there was,” chuckled Mike Woodcock, director of corporate communications at The R&A, when asked if the The Great White Shark’s name was picked from that raffle.

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Greg Norman walks behind hole No. 2 during the first round of the Masters tournament. (Photo: Adam Cairns-USA TODAY Network)

“Of course, tickets are still available on the resale platform or in the catering industry. He is very welcome to come and have a look there.”

During the second round of the 88th Masters, Norman wore a white golf shirt with the LIV logo, black pants, his signature straw hat, or as one patron put it, “the Crocodile Dundee deal,” and Softspikes golf shoes. The only things missing were a glove, a distance booklet and of course an invitation as a former champion, something he was never able to achieve despite several near misses.

Instead, the CEO of LIV Golf walked around the gallery of Bryson DeChambeau, the 2020 US Open champion, or as another patron described him, “the captain of the Crushers,” and lent his support. He was accompanied by two younger women and a heavyset man, wearing all black, who may have provided security.

For those in the gallery, it was like seeing a ghost. Norman, 69, who first played in the Masters in 1981 and last tried to win a Green Jacket in 2009, showed up with a ticket he bought on the open market, his son, Greg Jr., said in a post on social media. Norman said he was there to support the 13 golfers he paid handsomely to switch to the upstart LIV Golf, backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.

Golfweek’s Adam Schupak contributed to this post.

The story originally appeared on GolfWeek