Mickelson and LIV Golf draw fans and anger to Oregon

He urged Mickelson to “be a man, step up, accept the truth about who you get into bed with.”

The Saudi government has long denied any involvement in the attack. 11 attacks. September. 11 The Commission’s 2004 report found “no evidence that the Saudi Arabian government as an institution or senior Saudi officials individually funded” al-Qaeda, which carried out the attacks. But there were speculations about the involvement of other lower-ranking officials, and an FBI investigation found circumstantial evidence of such support, according to 2020 The New York Times Magazine and ProPublica report.

Tim Frolich, a Brooklyn-based banker who escaped from the 80th floor of the south tower but seriously injured his left leg and ankle while fleeing the tower collapse, said golfers were “bribed” into accepting “blood money” from Serie LIV. The Saudi-sponsored tour offered signing bonuses, some reportedly in the nine figures, to lure some golfers like Mickelson away from the PGA Tour.

“This is nothing but a group of very talented athletes who seem to have turned their backs on murder,” said Frolić, who turns 58 this month.

Mickelson was not available to reporters on Thursday. In an interview published in February, he told his biographer Alan Shipnak that the Saudis were ‘terrible’ and had a ‘terrible human rights record’ including the 2018 murder and dismemberment of Washington Post columnist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi. Mickelson later apologized for his remarks. He joined LIV Golf in June.

There was no official attendance data for the first round of the three-day tournament, which took place under cloudless skies and temperatures in the 70s. But the crowd watching the decline of mostly aging players was perhaps only a third of the 25,000 people a day at a typical rival PGA Tour event. Mickelson, 52, finished the round three over par, eight strokes behind leader Carlos Ortiz of Mexico. However, Mickelson has a vocal and dedicated following.

A number of viewers surveyed said they were simply interested in watching a sporting event and avoiding geopolitics.