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Fresh off the LIV Golf pro-am competition, retired Olympic gold medalist Caitlyn Jenner affirms her support for the roots of the Saudi-backed tour from her athlete’s perspective and hails the capitalist effort .
The big three-day event took place at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, NJ. Swedish professional golfer Henrik Stenson took home the $4 million tournament prize, and all players went home with winnings.
Jenner shared her experience going on the tour with Fox News.
“Not only did I have fun playing, I played with Ian Poulter and Paul Casey, but it was just a really good positive attitude… all the players looked like they were having fun, and that was a great competition.”
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The new tour is funded by the Public Investment Fund, Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund which has sparked a golf war with the PGA.
Jenner says the competition is good and will push the PGA Tour to find ways to continue to attract players.
“If you’re on the PGA Tour and you don’t make the cut, you don’t get any money, and you’re out of your expenses, out of your hotels. The PGA Tour is really going to have to look at this very seriously and find a way to the future so they can all work together. And I think that’s how it is and I think in the end it’s going to be better for the golfers,” she shared.
The Saudi-backed tour has faced widespread criticism pointing to the crackdown on human rights under Sharia law extending to alleged links to the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Jenner says the reviews the tour is facing “are very hypocritical in a lot of ways [especially] with the pleasure of Saudi public investment.”
Large publicly traded US companies such as Meta Platforms Inc., FedEx Corp, Uber Technologies Inc. and Walmart Inc. are heavily invested in Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund PIF.
“To be honest with you, who put the bulk of that money? It’s probably us. We’ve been buying oil from the Saudis for years and years and years and years. I mean, they’re heavily involved in so many things with the billion dollar fund. I mean, they’re heavily invested in Boeing. Aren’t people flying on Boeing planes because of that?” shared Caitlyn.
In an interview on Sunday, Tucker Carlson sat down with LIV CEO Greg Norman to discuss the heat the tour has faced.
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Norman pointed the finger at the PGA sponsors saying he thinks they “ha[ve] approximately 27 sponsors who achieve more than $40 billion in annual revenue on an annual basis in Saudi Arabia.”
“The LIV Tour is here to stay… not only will golf in the future be interesting and good for business, but the business side of professional golf will be very interesting to watch and see what happens,” Jenner said. .