The next step in the Saudi super league will be at one of the tycoon’s golf clubs, cementing a relationship that began last year. Here is an overview of the contours of a company that is even the subject of an investigation by the American justice.
In its second year of operation, the LIV pursues its goal of dominating the world of golf. Bigger, more millionaire, more visible and with the newest PGA Championship champion in its ranks, the Saudi super league is having a brilliant time. And your next stop will not be just any.
Washington and the Trump National Golf Club will receive the shares this weekend. A club with a lot of status in the Virginia area and which, as its name suggests, is owned by the former President of the United States, who is not just a mere tenant, but a figure closely linked to the new tour. In 2022, there were already two of his golf clubs that had LIV dates. For this year three, since after Washington will come Bedminster (August 11-13) and Miami (October 20-22) . In addition, he participates in the Pro-Ams which are organized and speaks out in favor of the super league, even if this involves him in social and legal controversies.
For example, this Wednesday, he showed up without problems in the professional and amateur tournament organized as before the weekend with golfers Patrick Reed and Bob Koepka. More than bad is the owner of the house.
Occasion in which he took advantage to launch strong statements on the dispute that the North American tour has with the petrodollar league. “I think the PGA made a big mistake playing them (LIV). They have unlimited money and they love it. And that was great publicity for Saudi Arabia. . The Saudis have been fantastic at golf and they are going to make a big chunk out of it in their country, they are going to do great courses,” said the businessman, who in March 2024 is due to stand trial for alleged corruption in the state. actress Stephanie Clifford.
After playing the tournament, Trump was asked why the LIV chose its venues to develop its events, to which the Republican replied no doubt: “This is the best course in the tri-state area. It’s the best club. It’s not even a contest. I think this is one of the best properties in the world . You have the Potomac River. Not just any river. There’s no other golf course that could be in the Potomac,” he said.
But the question can also be addressed beyond the qualities of the field, because the Trump-LIV relationship runs much deeper. For example, there are many who postulate that the tycoon found a lifesaver in the super league, after the blocking made by the PGA Tour after the Capitol was stormed by a group of its supporters in 2021.
Prior to this situation, the Trump Bedminster in New Jersey was confirmed as the venue for the 2022 PGA Championship, realizing for the first time that a venue he owned is hosting one of the big three with a traveling venue. Something that just days after the assault was canceled by tournament authorities due to “political motivations ”.
Without this letter, Donald Trump found in Saudi Arabia an ideal partner to continue having notoriety within professional golf, being even his campus in Miami the one that received the final date of the season.
This link did not go unnoticed and three weeks ago the New York Times published a report informing that the relationship between the former president and the LIV (controlled by the Saudi Public Fund) is under investigation by the US Department of Justice.
Specifically, the newspaper reports that the court summoned the Trump Organization to obtain tapes about LIV Golf and President Trump’s ties to the circuit, to include the information in the investigation into how he handled the classified documents he had access to during his tenure after leaving office in 2021.
Another memorable episode in this relationship, but one that has no legal bearing, is when a group of families of 9/11 victims and survivors protested that Trump provided their golf courses for league play.
Washington will have the Chileans
As usual and after a PGA Championship of extremes, Joaquín Niemann and Mito Pereira will appear in the field of players who will start action this Friday. On the one hand, the Talagantino, who will seek his revenge after a week where for the first time in the last 10 majors, failed to qualify . On the other, that of Talagante who showed that he felt good in competition for the “Wanamaker” and finished 18th in Oak Hills.
The Chileans will compete for a prize pool of $25 million (adding what is won by the teams) against big name personalities such as, Cameron Smith, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka . The latter the big favorite to win the 4 million US dollars which are given to the champion, after his big victory in the PGA Championship. It was also the first time a player had won a major while playing LIV.
In the cumulative annual table, Mito Pereira is the best of the Chileans, being in 12th place. Niemann, for his part, is 22. This, added to the 14th place in which Sebastián Muñoz is and the 45th of David Puig, allows Torque GC to be the sixth best team in the competition.
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