Greg Norman Visits Capitol Hill To Discuss LIV Golf And Discuss Saudi Arabia Concerns


Greg Norman goes to Washington, DC to talk to LIV.

LIV Golf’s CEO and Commissioner will visit members of Congress on Capitol Hill this week to discuss the new circuit featuring 54-hole tournaments, no cuts, shotgun starts and huge paydays. The news was first reported by Politico.

“LIV Golf is coming to the Hill this week to meet with lawmakers from both sides,” confirmed LIV Golf Golf week. “Given the PGA Tour’s efforts to stifle our progress in reimagining the game, we believe it is imperative to educate members about LIV’s business model and counter the Tour’s anti-competitive efforts.”

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LIV Golf, backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, has been criticized as a way for the Kingdom to “sport” its human rights record. Saudi Arabia has been accused of large-scale human rights violations, including politically motivated killings, torture, enforced disappearances and inhumane treatment of detainees. And members of the royal family and the Saudi government were charged with involvement in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist.

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The ongoing power struggle between LIV Golf and the PGA Tour for professional golf supremacy has resulted in both organizations lobbiing against each other on Capitol Hill, and it’s a battle that won’t end anytime soon.

Eleven golfers sued the PGA Tour for antitrust violations in August, but only seven remain after four players have their names removed. When a California judge denied the temporary restraining order allowing three LIV players to compete in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Playoffs, it was also revealed that the antitrust case would not begin until August 2023 at the earliest. The US Department of Justice is also investigating the PGA Tour.

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Cameron Smith won LIV Golf’s Chicago event at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois on Sunday, by three shots over Peter Uihlein and Dustin Johnson. The series will be on a two-week hiatus before consecutive events take place in Bangkok, Thailand, on October 7-9, followed by Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on October 14-16.

Story originally appeared on GolfWeek