Home Top Stories LIV Golf: Donald Trump to play spherical with Bryson DeChambeau and Dustin Johnson forward of occasion Gadgetfee

LIV Golf: Donald Trump to play spherical with Bryson DeChambeau and Dustin Johnson forward of occasion Gadgetfee

LIV Golf: Donald Trump to play spherical with Bryson DeChambeau and Dustin Johnson forward of occasion Gadgetfee

The third occasion of the controversial Saudi-backed tour is being performed at Bedminster, New Jersey, which is a Trump-owned course.

A supply with LIV Golf advised Reuters that Trump and his son Eric will tee up with 2020 US Open winner DeChambeau and two-time main winner Johnson through the Professional-Am on Thursday forward of its first spherical which begins the subsequent day.

The LIV Golf tour has been criticized extensively for providing huge swathes of cash from Saudi Arabia, a rustic with a dismal human rights file, for gamers to depart the normal golf excursions.
Earlier this month, Trump advised golfers that they need to be a part of the LIV Golf collection and “take the cash now.”
Trump drives a golf cart at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia.

“All of these golfers that stay ‘loyal’ to the very disloyal PGA, in all of its totally different types, can pay a giant value when the inevitable MERGER with LIV comes, and also you get nothing however a giant ‘thanks’ from PGA officers who’re making Thousands and thousands of {Dollars} a 12 months,” Trump wrote on Reality Social Monday.

“In case you do not take the cash now, you’ll get nothing after the merger takes place, and solely say how good the unique signees had been.”

His feedback come as a 9/11 survivors’ group has mentioned it’s “appalled” by the “offensive, disrespectful and hurtful” LIV Golf tour forward of the New Jersey occasion being staged about 50 miles (80km) from the location of the lethal terror assault.

Talking on Tuesday at a press convention close to the Bedminster course, Terry Strada, chair of 9/11 Households United — a coalition of households and survivors of the 2001 terror assaults — mentioned that taking part in such a match so near the venue of the worst terrorist assault in American historical past is mistaken.

Gamers have additionally been criticized for abandoning the established PGA Tour and DP World Tour looking for eye-watering cash payoffs.

The allegations of Saudi authorities complicity with the assaults on September 11, 2001, have lengthy been the topic of dispute in Washington. Fifteen of the 19 al Qaeda terrorists who hijacked 4 planes had been Saudi nationals, however the Saudi authorities has denied any involvement within the assaults.

The 9/11 Fee established by Congress mentioned in 2004 that it had discovered “no proof that the Saudi authorities as an establishment or senior Saudi officers individually funded” al Qaeda.

Nonetheless, the victims’ households have pushed for additional disclosures, and final 12 months, the FBI launched a doc that particulars the FBI’s work to research the alleged logistical help {that a} Saudi consular official and a suspected Saudi intelligence agent in Los Angeles offered to at the least two hijackers.

In response to the criticism, LIV Golf advised CNN in a press release: “As we’ve got mentioned all alongside, these households have our deepest sympathy. Whereas some might not agree, we imagine golf is a pressure for good around the globe.”

The 9/11 problem is only one of a variety of criticisms of the LIV Golf collection.

Golfers gather at Trump National Golf Club on October 2, 2020.

Fronted by former world No. 1 Greg Norman, the team-based LIV collection is backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding Fund (PIF) — a sovereign wealth fund chaired by Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia — and has pledged to award $250 million in complete prize cash.

Tournaments are held over 54 holes, fairly than the PGA Tour’s 72 holes, and there are not any gamers minimize throughout match play.

The massive sums of cash up for grabs, and fewer demanding necessities, spurred a variety of golfers — many within the twilight of their careers — to interrupt away from the PGA Tour and be a part of LIV, together with six-time main winner Phil Mickelson, four-time main champion Brooks Koepka and former world No. 1 Johnson.


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