Greg Norman, CEO of LIV’s professional golf tour, said in a TBEN News interview that aired Monday night that he has no explanation for criticism of the tour — the same tour widely regarded as “sportswashing” Saudi’s human rights abuses. Arabia and links to 9/11.
In a speech from former President Donald Trump’s Bedminster, New Jersey Golf Club, which hosted the tour’s second U.S. event this weekend, Norman was asked by Tucker Carlson why the tour is “so offensive to some U.S. golf fans.”
“What are they crazy about?” Carlson asked the Australian former golf pro.
“I don’t know. I really don’t care, to be honest,” Norman said. also for the women. We at LIV see it for NCAA and younger generations. At LIV we see it as an opportunity for these children to experience a new world. LIV is the future of golf.”
LIV has paid hefty sums to recruit PGA players, even approaching Tiger Woods with an offer of roughly between $700 million and $800 million, Norman said. LIV is largely funded by the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF), which is led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – the man the CIA believed responsible for the 2018 assassination of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Carlson also asked about Trump’s involvement in the tour.
Trump, who doubted the CIA’s finding, “sees the commercial opportunity of what golf can offer him,” Norman said. “Trump Bedminster is no different, right? Membership here is full. It’s a commercial entity for him that he can make some money from.”
When Trump left office, the PIF made a $2 billion investment in Affinity, a private equity firm headed by Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law. (That move is under investigation by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.) The PIF also gave $1 billion to Liberty Strategic Capital, a fund founded by former Trump Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
When asked at the course about his decision to host the tournament against the wishes of the families of the victims of 9/11, Trump said, “Unfortunately, no one got to the bottom of 9/11” — a comment that doesn’t. matches what he does. said in the past.