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Fresh from playing in the LIV Golf pro-am, Caitlyn Jenner, retired Olympic gold medalist, says from her athlete’s perspective that she supports Saudi-backed tour roots and praises the capitalist endeavour.
The three-day big-name event took place at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, NJ. Swedish professional golfer Henrik Stenson took home the $4 million tournament prize, and all players went home with a win.
Jenner shared her experience joining the tour with TBEN News.
“Not only did I have a good time playing, I played with Ian Poulter and Paul Casey, but it was just a really good, positive attitude… all the players looked like they were having a good time, and it was a great competition.”
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The new tour is funded by the Public Investment Fund, Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund that has sparked a Gulf War with the PGA.
Jenner says the competition is good and will push the PGA Tour to find ways to remain attractive to players.
“If you’re on the PGA Tour and you don’t make it, you don’t get any money at all, and you lose your expenses, your hotels. The PGA Tour is really going to have to look at this. seriously and in the future find a way that they all can work together. And I think that’s the way and I think in the end it will be better for the golfers,” she said.
The Saudi-backed tour has received widespread criticism pointing to human rights repressions under Sharia, extending to alleged links to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Jenner says the criticism of the tour is “very hypocritical in so many ways” [especially] with the Saudi’s Public Investment pleasure.”
Major US publicly traded companies such as Meta Platforms Inc., FedEx Corp, Uber Technologies Inc. and Walmart Inc. have invested heavily in Saudi Arabia’s PIF sovereign wealth fund.
“To be honest, who put in most of that money? They’re probably us. We’ve been buying oil from the Saudis for years and years and years and years. I mean, they’re deeply involved in so many things with the multi-billion dollar fund. I mean, they’re heavily invested in Boeing. Don’t people fly Boeing planes because of this?” shared Caitlyn.
In an interview on Sunday, Tucker Carlson sat down with LIV CEO Greg Norman to discuss the heat the tour has been dealing with.
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Norman pointed to PGA sponsors who said he thinks they[ve] about 27 sponsors doing more than $40 billion in business in Saudi Arabia annually.”
“The LIV tour is here to stay… it’s not just going to be interesting and good business in golf in the future, but the business side of professional golf will be very interesting to watch and see what’s coming.” happens,” Jenner said.