LIV Golf: Donald Trump will play with Bryson DeChambeau and Dustin Johnson on the eve of the tournament

The third event of the controversial Saudi-backed tour takes place in Bedminster, New Jersey, on a field owned by Trump.

A source at LIV Golf told Reuters that Trump and his son Eric will face 2020 US Open winner DeChambeau and two-time major tournament winner Johnson during Thursday’s Pro-Am tournament ahead of its first round starting the next day.

Tour LIV Golf was criticized widely for offering huge sums of money from Saudi Arabia, a country with a grim reputation for human rights, to get players off traditional golf tours.
Trump earlier this month golfers said that they should join the LIV Golf series and “take the money now”.
Trump drives a golf cart at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia.

“All those golfers who remain ‘loyal’ to the very disloyal PGA in all its various forms will pay a heavy price when the inevitable MERGER to the LIV happens and you get nothing but a big ‘thank you’ from PGA officials. who make millions of dollars a year,” Trump wrote on Truth Social Monday.

“If you don’t take the money now, you get nothing after the merger happens and only say how smart the original signers were.”

His comments sound like 9/11 survivors group stated that he was “shocked” by LIV Golf’s “insulting, disrespectful and hurtful” tour ahead of the New Jersey event, which is held about 50 miles (80 km) from the site of the deadly terrorist attack.

Speaking at a press conference Tuesday outside a golf course in Bedminster, Terry Strada, chairman of 9/11 Families United – a coalition of families and survivors of the 2001 attacks – said holding such a tournament so close to the venue is the worst terrorist attack in American history. – it is not right.

Gamblers have also been criticized for ditching the established PGA Tour and DP World Tour in search of breakneck cash payouts.

The Saudi government’s allegations of involvement in the September 11, 2001 attacks have long been the subject of controversy in Washington. Fifteen of the 19 al-Qaeda terrorists who hijacked the four planes were Saudi nationals, but the Saudi government has denied involvement in the attacks.

The 9/11 Commission, set up by Congress, said in 2004 that it had found “no evidence that the Saudi Arabian government as an institution or senior Saudi Arabian officials individually funded” al-Qaeda.

However, the families of the victims pressed for further disclosure, and last year the FBI released a document detailing the FBI’s work to investigate alleged logistical support a Saudi consular officer and a suspected Saudi intelligence agent in Los Angeles provided at least at least two hijackers.

In response to the criticism, LIV Golf told CNN, “As we said, we have our deepest sympathy for these families. While some may disagree, we believe golf is a force for good around the world.”

The 9/11 issue is just one of a number of criticisms of the LIV Golf series.

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

Before the former number of the world. 1 Greg Norman, Team Series LIV is backed by the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF), a sovereign wealth fund chaired by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and has pledged a total of $250 million. prize money.

Tournaments are played over 54 holes rather than the 72 holes of the PGA Tour, and there are no cuts to players during the tournament.

The huge sums of money that could be played and the less demanding requirements prompted many golfers, many in the twilight years of their careers, to leave the PGA Tour and join the LIV, including the six-time tournament winner. Phil Mickelson, four-time world champion Brooks Koepka and former world number one. 1 Johnson.