Golfers receive “Tiger Woods sponsorship” at a Saudi-backed tournament

According to a brochure obtained by Telegraph Sport, the new Saudi-backed Golf League will immerse every participant, package and lavish party next week at LIV’s premier golf competition at the Centurion Club in London.

The brochure set out what one Telegraph source called “Tiger Woods’ care” for all competitors – free flights, five-star hotel accommodation at a Hertfordshire spa, first-class car service and bookings for extravagant events.

One such event is a “drag party” on the red carpet at RD Studios – a recently renovated film production facility with 45,000 square feet of studio space and 36,000 square feet of courtyard. The party will be hosted by renowned DJ Fat Tony with “cocktails, refreshments and heavy appetizers”.

The greatness also extends to the Centurion Club. According to reports, the English restaurant will oversee dining on the golf course and with Michelin star Jason Atherton, and English music programs such as James Morrison and Craig David will also appear thereafter.

It’s just another root hanging in front of the world of golf as LIV tries to lure the sport’s big names into the new Premier League. This has already led 2021 Masters winner Dustin Johnson to the temptation to postpone the PGA Tour to LIV after being paid $ 150 million to sign up to take part in the new tournament, which starts on June 9 with a total prize pool of $ 25 million.

Who else competes in the LIV?

Johnson is the biggest attraction, but he will be joined by others in the initial 42-man field, including 2017 Masters winner Sergio Garcia, Taylor Gotch, Brendan Grace, Martin Kaymer, Chase Kobaca, Gram McDowell, Kevin Neh, Lewis Easthouse, Ian Poulter Hudson Subboard and Lee Westwood.

The top five winners of the International Asian Tour Series at Slaley Hall, Spa and Golffoord this weekend will join Johnson and the rest of the team at the LIV Invitation.

The Telegraph believes a sixth golfer will also be added and speculates Phil Mickelson may join after retiring from the PGA Championship in May after his provocative remarks about the Saudi government and his general desire to play at the LIV invitational.

The controversy over LIV

The battered golf league has had its fair share of controversy since its inception in 2019.

First, it is backed by the Saudi Government’s Public Investment Fund, which has invested $ 2 billion in LIV Golf to strengthen a competitive PGA League. Saudi Arabia’s policies are ambiguous at best and subject to much turmoil around the world. Mickelson said it best in an excerpt from his new book:

“They are afraid of moms getting involved. We know they were killed [Washington Post reporter and U.S. resident Jamal] The suspects have a terrible human rights record. They execute people there because they are gay. ”

It did not help that Greg Norman, CEO of LIV, dismissed Saudi Arabia’s human rights violations as “mistakes” in an attempt to roll back university policy:

“Everyone controlled it, right? Talk about her, about what I read, about what she reported. Get ownership, no matter what it is. Look, we all made mistakes and you just want to learn from those mistakes and how they can be corrected later.

“I do not look back. I do not look at the politics of things. I will not be caught up in anything else going on in someone else’s world. I heard about it and kept doing it. ”

Amnesty International warns against joining golfers in a league for which Saudis pay:

Riyadh [the capital city of Saudi Arabia] A new love for sports promotion came at a time when the Saudi authorities were carrying out mass executions, when many human rights defenders were imprisoned in the kingdom and when Saudi missiles were still falling on civilians in Yemen.

“We appeal to all golfers who tend to play in the Saudi championships to think about how sports laundry works and how they can break the game by speaking out about human rights violations in Saudi Arabia. The persecuted human rights community in Saudi Arabia will be severely disappointed if well-paid golf stars “take LIV Golf in cash, but remain silent about what is happening in Saudi Arabia”.

The LIV’s competition with the PGA Tour may have created an irreparable rift between Commissioner Jay Monahan and the players who left for the new league. The column has already rejected exceptions for players interested in competing in both LIV and PGA, and even threatened to refuse column tickets for jumping players. In a statement received by ESPN, the column said players competing in the new league were subject to disciplinary action.

“As all our members were informed on May 10, PGA Tour members are not authorized to participate in the Saudi Golf League in London, according to the PGA Tour regulations. Members who violate the tournament rules are subject to disciplinary action. ”

This is a brave new world of golf.

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