A meager crowd was reported at the Saudi-backed LIV Golf tournament taking place this weekend at former President Donald Trump’s club in New Jersey, with tickets reportedly selling for just $1 online.
LIV Golf, which aims to rival the nearly century-old PGA Tour, has caused much controversy because it is funded by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund. The kingdom has faced fierce criticism from both Democrats and Republicans for its documented human rights violations, and in particular for the horrific murder of Washington Post employee Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018.
While LIV Golf managed to attract some high-profile professional golfers, the PGA Tour banned its members from participating in the competition. However, Trump embraced the new tournament after the PGA Tour ended its plan to host the championship at his Bedminster club following the events of January 6, 2021.
The New York Times reported Friday that crowds at the event were “thin and scant on many holes,” although it also noted the “easy camaraderie” among the players. likewise, The Wall Street Journal reported that many holes “had only a few fans as the day went on” on Friday. The conservative newspaper also reported that tickets to the event sold for just $1 on StubHub.com.
A search on News week on Saturday afternoon, it turned out that tickets to the Sunday event at Trump’s Bedminster club were selling for just $7 and $8 on the ticket website. Some event tickets also went for as much as $150.
“The golf itself, meanwhile, hadn’t exactly been supercharged – on the first day of the tournament, there were light crowds scattered over much of the extensive grounds,” log reported.
Golf week, meanwhile, described the crowd as “lively”. Some in attendance reportedly chanted “Four more years!” and “Let’s go Brandon!” when Trump first appeared to knock off the event. “Let’s go Brandon” has become a popular catchphrase among right-wing critics of President Joe Biden, as it stands for “F*** Joe Biden”.
Trump shrugged off criticism of the Saudi funding behind the event, saying the funders were his friends
“I’ve known these people in Saudi Arabia for a long time and they’ve been friends with me for a long time,” Trump said on Thursday. The times.
“They have invested in a lot of American companies. They own huge percentages of many, many American companies and frankly, what they do for golf is so great, what they do for the players is so great. The salaries are going way up,” said the former president.
News week contacted LIV Golf for comment.