Watan – The British newspaper, The Telegraph, has revealed that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has offered the famous golfer Ian Poulter 22 million pounds (about 30 million US dollars) to give up the Ryder Cup. And join the rebel golf tour that Saudi Arabia is trying to establish.
The newspaper said Ian Poulter was being lured by the Premier Golf Association along with the Saudis. Who are looking to register a quorum of the big names for their breakaway circle as soon as possible.
The newspaper pointed out that Poulter was apparently offered between $ 20 million and $ 30 million as his good friend Henrik Stenson. She explained that he now had to make a decision and asked, “A sum of money that changes your life or a Ryder Cup?” It was a question that would weigh heavily on the deliberations of one of the team’s biggest and most enthusiastic players in Europe.
She noted that the Englishman had expressed his desire to appear again in blue and gold and was considered a future leader, perhaps for New York in 2025.
According to the newspaper, however, he had no doubt that if he had received the Saudi dollar, he would have done so. He will face a life ban on both the PGA and European tours. And if there is no shift in official policy, it will be a farewell to the two-year period that essentially defined his career.
The newspaper said Poulter believes the sacrifice is worth it for the sake of financial security. However, he sees Stinson’s predicament to understand the difficulty of choosing.
Saudi Arabia pays millions to attract players
Stinson, 45, is one of four candidates to replace Padreig Harrington as captain for next year’s match in Rome in 2023 – the others are fellow Swedes Robert Carlson, Luke Donald and Paul Lowery, but he has been told he must secure that he will not join. SGL before taking the position.
Both Poulter and Stinson will play in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia this week. The $ 5 million event was once part of the European Tour – since it was rescheduled for the DP World Tour – but due to a global power struggle, it is now on the Asian tour.
It’s nothing more than an ordinary Asian stadium. The Saudis pay up to $ 15 million in appearance fees to attract players like Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson, Tommy Fleetwood, Lee Westwood, Poulter and Stinson.
and as CEO of Liv Golf Investments – the recently established entity backed by the Saudi Sovereign Wealth Fund. Responsible for the kingdom’s thriving golf empire – Greg Norman is at large at the Royal Greens Country Club.
According to the newspaper, Norman was mocked at last Tuesday’s press conference. By insisting that “we are not looking for a fight”. Although he declared this first unprecedented invasion of England “just the beginning”.
“We are positioning the Asian tour as a powerful new force on the world stage,” said Norman, the former world number one. “Just because the International Series is linked to the Asian tour, we want to convey the message that it is not specific to the Asian region.
He said: “Healthy competition and respectful competition should spread the game of golf worldwide. That’s why it’s so encouraging for us to go to London, it’s going to be so encouraging when we go to the United States. It’s just the “Start, just the beginning of this journey. We are not in this for a fight, there is no doubt. We are in this for the good of the game.”
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And the paper pointed out that Norman continued to circumvent those who believe the kingdom is using the Public Investment Fund – which recently bought Newcastle United – in an attempt to “sport-wash” its reputation, saying: “It is “It’s personally disappointing to see some of the attacks that took place without justification. If you prejudice someone without knowing the facts, then you are ashamed.”
Norman then asked the PGA and DP World Tour to come to the negotiating table to discuss the formation of the SGL, a Formula One-style world track.
Prior to this point, Wentworth HQ CEO Keith Bailey was in talks with the Saudis about collaborating to start Premier League golf, with New York venture capitalist Raine Group, which also participated in the billion-dollar proposals.
The plan was to convince the best players in the world to get big sums and create a world-class Formula One track. Bailey, however, went with the power of the Americans. It took almost $ 100 million and a guarantee of approved opportunities – and that left PGL high and dry.
And backed by the kingdom’s $ 500 billion sovereign wealth fund. They decided to go it alone and quickly set up camp in Florida in an effort to lure players.
The newspaper stressed that contracts had been issued and the PGA Tour was so concerned about the looming threat that their commissioner Jay Monahan. He issued a warning last May that anyone associated with the breakaway league would face a life ban.
(Source: The Telegraph – Translated by Watan)