US golfer Bryson DeChambeau made a statement about the Saudi-funded Splinter LIV league. He said that he understood the people don’t like Saudi for their human rights issues.
But everyone needed to “move on” and forget Saudi’s bad actions.
The 2020 US Open champion was speaking before Thursday’s first U.S. event kicks off. The second since the start of the LIV –at Pumpkin Ridge in North Plains, Oregon.
The 28-year-old Bryson said people need to consider the good things the LIV could bring.
“Golf is a force for good and (…) I hope people will see the good they are doing. And what they are trying to do rather than looking at the evil that has been done before,” DeChambeau said.
The LIV is funded by Saudi Arabia. The winner will get 25$ million prize money in it’s each tournament. It far exceeds the bonuses at stake on the PGA Tour. PGA largely organizes professional golf.
Asked about concerns about Saudi involvement, four-time winner Brooks Koepka said: “We are here to play golf. We are delighted.
We’re going to go, make the best show possible.
American Pat Perez, also making his DEBUT in the LIV this week, replied: “I have no worries. I play golf.
This group allowed me to play golf and have a different schedule, and that’s my only concern.”
“I understand the topics you’re trying to discuss. These are horrible events, but I’m here to play golf,” he continued.
Players said they joined LIV Golf partly because of a smaller schedule. Only eight events this year – and larger financial endowments.
“I wanted to spend more time with my kids,” said Patrick Reed, winner of the 2018 Masters.
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