LIV Golf makes us ask, is there too much money?


Poulter expressed outrage at his suspension. “There’s so much more to (LIV) than money,” Poulter hammered home, though there doesn’t seem to be anything more to LIV than money. That said, it’s a ton of money.

Poulter was asked in London if he would play in a golf tournament hosted by Vladimir Putin. “It’s speculation,” he said. Which wasn’t quite a “no”, was it?

What makes LIV more than an affront to the arrogant PGA is that LIV’s main backer is the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund, which is essentially the Saudi Treasury. As Mickelson conceded in his infamous interview with Alan Shipnuck, Saudi Arabia has “a horrible human rights record. They execute people for being gay there.

(FYI: Shipnuck reported via Twitter that he was kicked out of Mickelson’s press conference after Thursday’s round.)

US intelligence believes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salam ordered the assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul in 2018. Khashoggi was lured to the Saudi consulate and never seen again. The CCTV footage of him entering the consulate is as chilling as anything that has ever appeared on the internet.

And yet: CNN reported on Friday that the US government is “ready to move to a ‘relationship reset'” with Saudi Arabia, deeming it “a dramatic about-face for President Joe Biden,” who the year last called Saudi Arabia “a pariah. On its website, the US State Department proclaims: “The United States and Saudi Arabia have a strong economic relationship. oil imported for the United States.

Also Friday: AAA listed the average price of a gallon of gasoline at $4.98.

Even after Khashoggi’s murder, the United States did not stop doing business with Saudi Arabia. Should golfers be held to a higher standard than the nation that considers itself the land of the free? The same public investment fund is the majority owner of Premier League side Newcastle United. Is it okay to fund a football team, but not a golf tour? (Note: Saudi interest in sports activities is known as “sportswashing”.)

I’m not trying to be cute. I ask because I really don’t know. I would like to believe that I would refuse any amount of money if I considered it dirty. Full disclosure, though: no one offered to throw $200 million at me. It’s easy to rip off a guy like Mickelson for getting rich to the point of gluttony, but who among us is sinless?

This is the problem of temptations. They wouldn’t exist if they weren’t tempting.


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