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Saudi Arabia’s LIV Golf Series Upends Genteel World of Golf

By Tariq Panja

09 Jun 2022 · 8 min read

Editor's Note

A Saudi-financed golf tournament, called the LIV Golf Invitational Series, kicked off on Thursday in the UK. The tournament has brought a wave of controversy to the world of golf.

The golf champions were settled in their chairs at a news conference to promote their new Saudi-financed tournament when a reporter raised the uncomfortable question of the oil-rich kingdom’s human rights record. The 2010 U.S. Open champion, Graeme McDowell, to the obvious relief of the players sitting alongside him, took it on.

“If Saudi Arabia want to use the game of golf as a way for them to get to where they want to be, and they have the resources to accelerate that experience,” McDowell said, “I think we’re proud to help them on that journey.”

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