The golf tour backed by the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia, LIV Golf, has caused a stir with its recent announcement that one of its 2023 events will be held at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia.
Yes, you heard that right. The same golf club that was once at the center of controversy is now the site of a controversial golf tour. Talk about rubbing salt in the wounds of those still reeling from the previous administration.
LIV Golf, which was created to rival the PGA Tour, has attracted some of the biggest names in golf with its multimillion-dollar bonuses and fewer tournaments with larger purses. But the tour has been criticized as a ploy by the Saudis to improve their image amid charges of corruption and human rights abuses.
And to make matters even more questionable, the tour's 14-event schedule for 2023 includes appearances at two other courses owned by the former "Golfer-in-Chief," Donald Trump: Trump National Bedminster in New Jersey in August and Trump National Doral in Miami in October. The tour is like a never-ending episode of "The Apprentice: Golf Edition."
But wait, there's more! In true Trump fashion, rumor has it that the tournament will feature a "Tee-Off with Trump" event where participants can play a round with the former President and hear all about the election he "won."
LIV Golf, the tour for those who have lost their way and want to play a round or two with the devil himself. Welcome to the dark side of golf.