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Norman speaks out against European Tour

Greg Norman has called the exclusion of Jesper Parnevik and Sergio Garcia from this week's NEC Invitational "a crying shame".

"I'd like to say what I'd like to say, but I think it would be very much headlines tomorrow," commented Norman. "I am a little miffed, as are a lot of the other players, with what's happened to the Ryder Cup team and the money list and changing that in midstream."

The Australian is currently ranked 41st in the world, but qualifies for the $5 million tournament as a member of the International side for the Presidents Cup match in October.

Parnevik, the world No. 10, and 15th-ranked Garcia are not playing because Europe offered places only to their top 12 in the Order of Merit.

Last year it was the European Ryder Cup team that qualified. It was changed last October by the European tour tournament committee, who wanted those who perform best just in Europe rather than all around the world to represent them.

"I think it's a crying shame," added Norman. "There's no reason for it. This is a World Golf Championship. There are layers that should be in this tournament.

Greg Norman thinks it's sad that players like Parnevik & Garcia won't be at the NEC Invitational. Allsport.

"I think there's got to be some serious dialogue behind the scenes to make sure that this never happens again," he added. "And obviously when you see things like this happen, there's always an effect. And the effect is Jesper Parnevik resigns from the European Tour.

"That type of stuff is not necessary. He is a great asset to the game of golf. He has been a great supporter of the game of golf on a global basis, always made the effort to go back to Europe," Norman went on. "He's always supported his home tour, made the effort to travel around the world, but yet he has to resign from the Tour because of the circumstances around of the qualifications for this tournament being changed.

"I think it is sad, I really do. Because we all want to play against the best players in the world, no question about that," he added. "It's an issue I see from just a pure, common sense point of view about the stature of individuals in the game of golf."

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