Former US President Donald Trump’s golf organisation is in talks to host tournaments for the proposed Saudi golf league, according to a report from the Washington Post.
No Laying Up first reported in 2021 that Trump’s properties were being scouted to host Super Golf League events. However, the Post reports LIV Golf Investments – the Saudi-backed group that will run the SGL – is in discussions with Trump’s company to place competitions in Bedminster, New Jersey and Doral, Florida.
The Doral site was an annual PGA Tour stop for more than 50 years, but the tour moved the tournament to Mexico City in 2016 following controversial comments made by Trump towards immigrants during his presidential run. As for the Bedminster property, it was selected to host the 2022 PGA Championship by the PGA of America in 2014. However, days after supporters of Trump stormed the US Capitol during a joint session of Congress to formalise President Joe Biden’s election victory on January 6, 2021, the PGA of America’s board of directors exercised a vote to move its tournament from the Bedminster course, later awarding it to Southern Hills in Tulsa.
Trump was an advocate of Saudi interests during his presidency and defended the kingdom in the face of criticism for the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
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