Trump brags about his golfing skills and hits Biden at Saudi-backed golf tournament

Former President Donald Trump participated in the Saudi-backed LIV Invitational Pro-Am at his Doral course in Miami on Thursday, shooting President Joe Biden in the process.

“Do you think Biden could do that? I don’t think so,” Mr. Trump joked with the crowd after firing.

Mr Trump played it alongside a number of professionals at the LIV event and was recorded saying he only shot one over par on the first nine holes – a remarkable sporting achievement, if true, given the former president’s age and amateur status. .

But Mr. Trump is said to have a long history of being dishonest about his game of golf and circumventing the rules of decorum that typically govern the game.

More newsworthy, perhaps, is Mr Trump’s association with LIV Golf – the Saudi tour that has threatened the status of the PGA and has been roundly criticized in the sports world as a sport-washing business designed to draw positive attention from the regime and distract from its record of human rights abuses.

Relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia have been strained in recent years, particularly following the brutal murder of Washington Post-published journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. US intelligence concluded that the killing was ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

A number of elected officials in the United States have called on the Saudi regime to deal with the consequences of Mr Khashoggi’s murder, but Mr Trump – who notably visited Saudi Arabia at the start of his presidency – did not not hesitate to associate himself or his business empire with the Kingdom.

LIV Golf is hosting the second event of its first season at a Trump-owned course this weekend after playing Mr. Trump’s Bedminster course in July. Mr Trump also took part in the Pro Am event ahead of the Bedminster Tournament.

This weekend’s tournament in Miami is the final event of LIV Golf’s first season, which has seen it play a number of tournaments across the United States and use the seemingly limitless financial resources at its disposal to poach members PGA notables, from Phil Mickelson to Dustin Johnson. to Brooks Koepka all in action.

But despite its vast resources, the tournament has faced opposition in the United States. It has no agreement with a television network and has been forced to produce its own shows and stream them online, and attendance at its events has been spotty.

Mr. Trump’s membership in LIV Golf could signal something about how he would approach US-Saudi relations if he returns to the White House. Mr. Biden, for his part, alternately threatened and embraced the Kingdom during his first term.

“Very good,” Mr. Trump said when asked how the tour was going in a clip filmed by a WPBF 25 News reporter. “It works well… Unlimited money.”

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