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‘Great for the game’: Golf stars defend joining Saudi-backed LIV tour ctm magazine



Two past Masters champions, Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson, are joining the controversial LIV Golf. Mickelson and Johnson defended playing in the new series of tournaments backed by Saudi Arabia’s billions of dollars, even as some questioned the Arab nation’s past human rights abuses. CNN’s Alex Thomas reports. #CNN #News

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  • Jake Hunt on June 9, 2022

    Good for them ! Go Golf ! Let the players play wherever they want 👍

  • Daniel Oliverio on June 9, 2022

    The High School reality show drama going on in the game of golf right now is laughable. It’s truly an embarrassment and humiliation. It’s like going through a bad public divorce and airing out all the dirty laundry for the world to see. Totally degraded and defamed the image of the PGA and golf as a sport as a whole. Making a mockery of the prestige of golf on the PGA tour in my opinion. Suspended indefinitely at war feuding instead of cooperating & making the best out of a bad situation. Things work out best for organizations that make the most out of how things work out. PGA has handled this so poorly. The game of golf should be welcomed everywhere all over the world and expand into as many territories as possible. PGA Tour Imperialism thinks they are the most elitist organization on Earth and everyone should bow down to them. Who do they think they are? It’s a GAME! A silly game! It’s the greatest game ever played that’s for sure but a game nonetheless and shouldn’t be taken so seriously. Golf is meant to be enjoyed by every race, gender, culture and on every nation to unite people in the game of sport. These Saudis are businessmen. AMERICA has blood on their hands just the same as the Saudis so condemning players while American history of war after war is different how? Native American genocide and theft of the land? African slavery? EUROPEANS have been peasants, servants, slaves and serfs trapped in generational proletariat blue collar forced intensive labor since it’s inception. How many fathers, mothers, sons, daughters and Americans have been murdered in our country. Mass shootings recently? When did the PGA ever believe these athletes compete to say I’m a proud member of the PGA. They compete for money for their families plain and simple. Money is the motivator not legacy. Tiger should have 100% UNITED THE TOURS and WELCOMED THEM WITH OPEN ARMS & TAKEN THE $1 BILLION. Remember after his scandal the way they treated Tiger? Remember the speech they chastised and talked down to him as if he were a child berating him for making a human mistake. TIGER TAKE THE BILLION! PGA tour are CHEAP like the UFC! Pay more MONEY PGA and UPDATE TO THE NEW WORLD IN 2022 with your OLD RULES & THIS IS THE WAY ITS ALWAYS BEEN DONE MENTALITY and maybe players won’t have to jump ship to other tours. NATURAL SELECTION EVOLVE THE GAME OF GOLF OR DIE!

  • M on June 9, 2022

    Is golf a sport?
    Do people really watch it?

  • Armas Rammo on June 10, 2022

    Never heard so much bullshit in my life. Golf stars do not defend anything here, so why the fake title of the article? Change? who'n hell is going to watch this? Phil is full of nonsense.

  • intimissimi88 on June 10, 2022

    these athletes do nothing wrong.
    your politicans have made deals with the saudis for centuries

  • Donald MJ Bart-Williams on June 10, 2022

    There we go again, Western arrogance trying to control
    sports on the grounds of human rights, meanwhile, we sell weapons to SA used to kill thousands of people in Yemen. We allow them to buy football clubs because we need their money. We are now worried that SA will dominate because of their money. The golfers have the right to play wherever and whenever they like.

  • Flying Saucer Area51 on June 10, 2022

    If this rich people change sides like wind imagine voters being paid by Soros how would they change sides lol

  • Steve Steve on June 10, 2022

    what an obscenity….so these golfers are condoning the beheading of people simply because they question the govt….Newcastle football club should be ashamed also….

  • Larry Mosher on June 10, 2022

    this new Saudi league does not grow the game.it rewards a few, with big money, but doesn't help their brand for endorsements. League is just propped up with dirty money.

  • Phil Demetriou on June 10, 2022

    It's every golfers choice to play whatever tournament they want.
    But ffs, be honest about it.
    "Screw human rights, l'm only in it for the money".
    Don't be a hypocrite and insult people's intelligence.

  • Syam on June 10, 2022

    Human rights and golf? Hahahaa players rights on playing other organization? PGA whitewash

  • Bruce Wayne on June 10, 2022

    Pga get woke go broke

  • Inverness Fan on June 10, 2022

    Will some of the Scottish golf courses host any LIV tour events, in the future?

  • Trafy Knits on June 10, 2022

    I hope everyone knows that if you post anything critical of the murderous Saudi regime, the comment will be almost immediately deleted. The golfers who support this tour are absolutely aiding/abetting the regime that dismembered a journalist because he was critical of the prince. That's who these golfers are teaming with to line their pockets with blood money. But YouTube will delete the message if you point this out.

  • Ranjan Udayashankar on June 10, 2022

    I don’t blame the players for chasing the $. Our government does business with countries that have controversies.

  • Ben Sona on June 10, 2022

    Phil would sell his mother for a buck.

  • Ben Sona on June 10, 2022

    Guaranteed price money.
    Greg Norman is complaining about that PGA doesn’t care about players after they leave the tour and retire

  • Ben Sona on June 10, 2022

    Golf is dumb game that just got dumber

  • Michael Fong on June 10, 2022

    For all you morons who complain about the PGA doing nothing for the golfer here is a bit of history. The PGA sets up the golfer from the time he becomes a pro through his sixties. No other organization does that.

    The set up the development of the young players to ascend to the tour. When they get old they set up the Champions tour so these people can earn money into their sixties. They set up the LPGA. They go out and get the sponsors, venues, Television contracts the pension plan. They introduce these people to the top executives in the country. Does anyone think that that mentally challenged moron we know as DJ would ever meet a CEO. Maybe as a janitor.

    No other sport takes care of their aging stars. Do you think LIV is going to do that? Four of the top 15 greatest earners of revenue from sports are golfers.

    The PGA isn't perfect but it is also not terrible.

  • Jake Hunt on June 10, 2022

    Anyone who disagrees with the players has ZERO idea of how difficult the “PGA” in general is 😑not only for “Touring” pros but PGA pros in general(club professionals) almost all struggle because of the monopoly the “PGA” holds on the sport. I agree with Phil & I also agree with Jack & Tiger🤷‍♂️ they’re ALL self employed independent contractors & should be able to play whenever or wherever they want (as long as they qualify) & playing in a different tournament to make more money should NOT constitute a BAN from the PGA Tour which they Qualified to play in 🤦‍♂️ The “PGA” as a business is being completely selfish & is more concerned about their loss in revenue because of “appearances” than they are in the game of golf 🤷‍♂️

  • Alfred Guinto on June 10, 2022

    Trump Doral lol now that’s a joke!

  • Jelly Roll Johnson on June 10, 2022

    These guys are about greed, its sick their playing in Saudi Arabia, A country that is a really distorted violent retarded regime. To heck with them!!!!!@

  • Kyle Huff on June 10, 2022

    BLOOD MONEY

  • Planetary Force on June 10, 2022

    If Nicklaus, Tiger, Rory and Justin Johnson don’t want anything to do with liv golf I wouldn’t either. Those icons words and characters is enough for me. Without the sponsors the pga has that liv league is doomed to die slowly.

  • Graham Sampson on June 10, 2022

    Unlike Phil, the Masters committee does care about what is best for the game.

  • mrbozo on June 11, 2022

    "Good for the game of golf". Good for the bank accounts of players, bad for the traditions and culture of golf.

  • Yasser Altamimi on June 11, 2022

    I love how everyone in the comments talks about moral and human rights when they had no objections of players playing in the US, who has such a great history of moral and human rights.!

  • jimmy 8 on June 11, 2022

    All the comments here are ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS. These golfers are independent contractors and yes they did whats best for themselves and their families chasing generational wealth. IF ANYONE HAS AN IPHONE HERE OR HAS A PAIR OF NIKES, THROW THAT SHIT AWAY SINCE THOSE COMPANIES USE CHINESE SLAVE LABOR TO MAKE THEIR PRODUCTS. This is not conspiracy, its a known fact. So please, everyone keep your grandstanding to a minimum.

  • Glenn Darling on June 11, 2022

    Golf's new tournament… The Greed Tour!… Top prize… lack of integrity.

  • Joe Joey on June 11, 2022

    I wonder what CNN thinks about the NBA and Chinese money

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