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Former President Donald Trump will play alongside Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau on Thursday at the professional LIV Golf tournament ahead of the third tournament of the LIV Golf Invitational Series, according to the New York Post.
the tournament will take place at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey and will feature 48 golfers.
LIV Tour supported by Saudi Arabia has caused a lot of controversy in the golf world over the past few months, as many famous players have joined the LIV against the wishes of the PGA Tour.
Trump said this in an interview on Monday. Wall Street Magazine that LIV Golf is one of the “hottest events in the sport”.
“I really think the publicity they got was more than anything for them,” Trump said of Saudi Arabia’s investment in LIV. “I think the publicity they got is worth billions of dollars. It’s one of the hottest things that has happened in sports, and sports are a big part of life.”
Wednesday LIV Golf announced its schedule for 2023, which will feature 48 golfers who have played for 12 team franchises in 14 tournaments. The total purse for the 2023 season will be $405 million.
“The expanding global platform of LIV Golf will add a new dimension to the golf ecosystem as we know it, providing players and fans around the world with the opportunity to help maximize the true potential of our favorite sport,” CEO of LIV Golf. Greg Norman said on the LIV Golf website.
“Our franchise model will bring new energy and excitement to fans from all over the world by creating a league of teams to connect with and grow with. The International Series will attract new talent and offer unprecedented ways to develop the next generation of stars. LIV Golf is committed to making sustainable investments that advance the game now and into the future, and we are proud to be able to make those dreams a reality.”
This weekend’s tournament in Bedminster will feature 12 teams including Phil Mickelson, Brooks Kopka, Johnson and DeChambeau.