McIlroy takes aim at LIV Golf defectors ahead of U.S. Open
A Donald Trump tweet from July 2022 has resurfaced following news that the PGA Tour has agreed to merge with LIV Golf. The news comes as a shock following a public rivalry and lengthy legal battle between the two tours.
Both LIV Golf and the PGA Tour are currently undergoing an antitrust lawsuit, however, the news of a merger would mean all pending litigation will end.
Having been heavily involved with LIV Golf, former US President Donald Trump reacted to the news via his own Truth Social account. Trump posted: ‘GREAT NEWS FROM LIV GOLF. A BIG, BEAUTIFUL, AND GLAMOROUS DEAL FOR THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF GOLF. CONGRATS TO ALL!!!’
It’s no surprise that Trump is in favour of the merger, having volunteered to host several of LIV Golf’s events in 2023. What has caught many golf fans off-guard is that the 45th US President predicted such an outcome back in 2022.
In a post from July, 18 2022 Trump said: “All of those golfers that remain ‘loyal’ to the very disloyal PGA, in all of its different forms, will pay a big price when the inevitable MERGER with LIV comes, and you get nothing but a big ‘thank you’ from PGA officials who are making Millions of Dollars a year.
“If you don’t take the money now, you will get nothing when the merger takes place, and only say how smart the original signees were.”
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Trump has been heavily involved with LIV Golf since it began in 2022. The 76-year-old hosted two LIV Golf events last year at Trump National Bedminster in New Jersey and Trump National Doral in Florida.
The former President also took part in the pro-ams at both tournaments.
LIV Golf, which is controlled by the Saudi crown prince and is backed by the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund, has come under heavy scrutiny since it began in June 2022. The news of a merger with the PGA Tour however is something that could bring even more scrutinty to the controversial tour.
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