Phil Mickelson and other LIV Golf players torn apart by 9/11 gang

PGA Tour players taking part in the controversial Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series tournament this week have been suspended from the tour. Now they have drawn the ire of a large group of 9/11 survivors.

On Friday,, a coalition of families and survivors of the 2001 terrorist attacks, sent a scathing letter to reps for Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed and Kevin Na expressing outrage at golfers for participating to the new league and accusing them of washing sports and betraying the United States.

“As a freedom-loving American, I am grateful for the freedom to choose where I work and for whom I work, and I respect your right as well,” wrote Terry Strada, the organization’s national president and mother. of three children whose husband, Tom, was on the 104th floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center during the attacks. “As a widow of 9/11, I feel compelled to help you understand the level of depravity the Kingdom engaged in when it knowingly sent government agents here to establish the necessary support network for these hijackers.

Phil Mickelson returned from a four-month exile to make his LIV Golf debut this week.
Bryson DeChambeau has also committed to the controversial LIV Golf Series.
Bryson DeChambeau has also committed to the controversial LIV Golf Series.

“As you may know, Osama bin Laden and 15 of the September 19, 2001 hijackers were Saudis. It was the Saudis who cultivated and propagated the evil and hateful Islamist ideology that inspired the violent jihadists to carry out the deadly 9/11 attacks. And, most egregiously, the Kingdom has spent 20 years in denial: lying about their activities and cowardly dodging the responsibility they bear. Yet they are your partners, and to our disappointment, you seem happy to be in business with them.

“Given Saudi Arabia’s role in the deaths of our loved ones and those injured on 9/11 – your fellow Americans – we are angry that you are so willing to help the Saudis cover up this story in their demand for ‘respectability’. When you partner with the Saudis, you become complicit in their laundering and help give them the reputation cover they so desperately need – and are willing to pay handsomely to manufacture. deep-rooted sportsman of golf or its origins as a gentleman’s game based on core values ​​of mutual respect and personal integrity.They care about using professional golf to whitewash their reputation, and they pay you to help them to do it.

Earlier this year, Mickelson sparked a firestorm of criticism when he told a writer that the Saudi government was “scary motherfuckers” and admitted the golf league was being used by the regime to “wash the sport”, but that he was using the rival circuit as leverage against the PGA Tour, which he accuses of being a monopoly.

This week, Mickelson emerged from a four-month hiatus to play in LIV Golf’s first tournament outside London, where he was branded a “Saudi stooge”. He was also joined by Johnson, Na and others. DeChambeau and Reed also moved from the PGA Tour to LIV Golf earlier this week and will make their debuts later this month in Portland, where they will also be joined by Pat Perez, the latest player to sign.

Players participating in the LIV Golf Series are guaranteed huge unreduced pay in 54-hole tournaments, and Mickelson, Johnson and DeChambeau have received nine-figure offers just for joining.

More players are also expected to leave the PGA Tour for LIV Golf, which is backed by the Public Investment Fund – the Saudi sovereign wealth fund headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that essentially funds the series. MBS, as he is known, was behind the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey in 2018, according to US intelligence.

It was also reported by USA Today on Saturday that Khashoggi’s widow, Hatice Cengiz, believes players competing in the Saudi golf league should be banned from the game’s four major championships — the Masters, PGA Championship, US Open and Open Championship.

“If they continue and play as if everything is normal, then they should be banned from playing in major tournaments around the world,” Cengiz told the newspaper in an email. “It will show that there are consequences to supporting murderers, and it will show murderers that they are not escaping justice.”

Months before officially joining LIV Golf, Mickelson – who, like the other Americans competing, will not be allowed to play in the Presidents Cup and possibly the Ryder Cup – admitted to the murder, as well as the human rights atrocities man in saudi arabia. He condemned them at his opening press conference, but said the opportunity was too good to turn down. The US Open also said it would not restrict LIV players from participating in next week’s tournament at Brookline (Mass.) Country Club.

“We understand that some of you are hoping that rule changes will be implemented to allow you to represent America again at the Ryder Cup, despite your betrayal of American interests by joining the Saudi ‘sportswash’,” Strada said in the letter. “It’s absurd for any American who chooses Saudi oil money over the 9/11 community to think that these exceptions should be made, and we’ll be sure to say so publicly if you pursue this under the idea. mistaken that your betrayal will go unnoticed. .”

Michael C. Ford