The LIV Golf circus has got underway at the Centurion Club in Hemel Hempstead, and one can’t deny that it has a certain interest (and no, I don’t know what LIV stands for, and I can’t be bothered to find out). The billionaires and less distinguished players in search of a substantial pension plot have not been required to offer public thanks to Saudi Arabia and its sovereign wealth fund for their lavish generosity.

Greg Norman, the project’s frontman, as unimpressive before a microphone as he was impressive on the links in his golfing heyday, tells us LIV has brought free agency to the game of golf.