Trump Says Saudi-Funded Government-Sponsored Tour Created ‘Gold Rush’ For Players
Trump Says Saudi-Funded Government-Sponsored Tour Created ‘Gold Rush’ For Players. On Thursday, Donald Trump played a round of golf with some other professional athletes. He felt it was different from the other games he’s played because this one had corporate sponsorships by LIV Golfing, a company that is bringing a “gold rush” to the sport.
The PGA TOUR in a unique way, announcing a total of four players to their 2018-2019 tournament, who has been labeled as ‘disruption’. They’re not just looking for new talent, but also for experienced ones with fresh perspectives such as Henrik Stenson from Sweden; this led the European Tour to strip him of being the captain for the 2023 Ryder Cup.
When talking about making a decision as the team’s captain, Stenson was made aware of a report in The Daily Telegraph that Luke Donald would be Europe’s Captain. Golf Digest also released this report later on.
With my captain duties here fulfilled, I was let go from the team. This is obviously disappointing – even more so because I had already planned out the rest of my life. I’m confident that I made the best decisions for myself, and it’s time to move on now.
Luck becomes a factor in the sport of golf. By adding Stenson — the other three were Paul Casey, Charles Howell III, and Jason Kokrak — LIV Golf now has 12 former major champions on its roster, although only 5 among the top 50 in the world ranking.
President Trump said, “you’ve got the best players in the world, and it looks like you’re going to get all of them,” during a press event with Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau. President Trump said that if there is a merger with LIV Golf and the PGA Tour, those who didn’t commit to the big names will only have oneself to blame.
At the PGA Tour, there is disagreement about whether to merge with a league that has fewer than a hundred members. Jay Monahan says it’s not in the best interest of the sport, one that doesn’t care about investment or growth.
Trump was disappointed when the World Golf Championships left his Trump National Doral course near Miami before 2016, as a new title sponsor could not be found.
Not content with just being one of the most expensive private golfing courses ever, with a $1 billion price tag and awards recently given to it by the Saudi Arabian government, LIV is refusing to release its golfers from their contracts because of certain regulations in relationship to playing on the North American PGA Tour.
The winner at LIV Golf events this year will get a total of $4 million in prize money, and the person who is last on the leaderboard after 54 holes without a cut will earn a cool $120,000. Trump said, “Now they have an alternative,” because he built very close relationships with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince during his time in office.
Lack of support was also made apparent in response to concerns over human rights abuses and civilian casualties from the Saudi-Iran war in Yemen where authorities have been accused of repeatedly failing to deal with such cases objectively.
Greg Norman, CEO of LIV Golf, has said that LIV Golf will help any player who chooses to challenge his suspension in court. As of yet, there hasn’t been a case on golf’s PGA tour while others have been allowed to play when it is decided by a judge that suspensions are being imposed arbitrarily and in violation of equal protection.
European Tour representatives Poulter and Westwood spoke to say they have no clue what is happening with the Ryder Cup, or when events will be held.
Westwood has not received any correspondence on being banned from playing events. Westwood is still playing in many European events, as well as the BMW PGA Championship of Wentworth County in November.
LIV Tour is an internationally noted golf event, where Sept 8-11 takes place in England. The LIV Golf event outside Boston and LIV Golf event in Chicago happens a week later, one week before each other.