The PGA and LIV tours are at the point of a merger. But the U.S. Senate had a meeting before the deal went through. Many fear that if the deal goes through the game of golf will belong to the Saudi Arabian government. The same government that was responsible for the terrorists that attacked the U.S. on 9/11/01. We all know that many innocent people were killed on the four planes, both World Trade Center Towers, and the Pentagon. The Senate Homeland Security Committee held a three-hour hearing. During the committee PGA Tour Chief Operating Officer Ron Price and board member Jimmy Dunne. No one was there to represent LIV both Greg Norman LIV CEO and Yasir Al-Rumayyan who is a Saudi investment fund’s governor. They both had scheduling conflicts. Senator Richard Blumenthal who is a Democrat from Connecticut is the most critical about the deal.
He is hoping that the deal does not go through. On the flip side most, Republicans, led by Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin were more supportive. So once again, as with most issues in the U.S., it has been divided. Most say that the merger between the three tours could come by the end of the year. Most say this is a way for Saudi Arabia to flex its influence in the U.S. This all comes after following accusations of human rights abuse and the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. In Saudi Arabia, women are second-class citizens and they are not allowed to work or drive. This is why many are against the merger. Also, the families are against those who lost loved ones on 9/11. In the closing remarks, many say it’s murky because two key players in the deal were not in attendance.
Those two were PGA Commissioner Jay Monahan and Yasir Al-Rumayyan. They say that there should be more perspective information. The more that the Senate knows the easier it will be to accept the merger. In the end, it is all about money. We are all hoping that is what it isn’t about. Others say that this merger would allow “the game of golf” to “bridge divides” between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. Senator Johnson said that the tours need time and space to conclude the deal. The three hours did not conclude the meeting. At this point, most players on both tours normally come out on social media but Phil Mickelson who is one of the biggest stars on the LIV tour has not commented on this yet. Neither Tiger Woods nor Rory McIlroy who rejected LIV tour money have not responded as well.
In the end, some fans are on both sides of the merger of tours. At the end of the day, the players that left for LIV did it for the money. I was only 18 years old when 9/11 happened. I do not like what the Saudi Arabian government did. On the flip side, most sports fans cannot stand the game of golf, but this brings the game into the limelight. We will have to see if the merger goes through by the end of the year. The game of golf will never be the same when the merger goes through. For the golf fans that are out there, we all want to see when the schedule comes out. The hearing is going to be a major factor in all of this. As a country, we all need to come together instead of being so divided.
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