Donald Trump plays in LIV Golf pro-am at Trump National Golf Club: report

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Former President Donald Trump will join Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau on Thursday at LIV Golf’s pro-am ahead of the third tournament of the LIV Golf Invitational Series, according to the New York Post.

The tournament will take place at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, NJ, and will feature 48 golfers.

A general view of Trump National Golf Club during a practice round ahead of the LIV Golf Invitational - Bedminster in Bedminster, NJ, on Tuesday, July 26, 2022.

A general view of Trump National Golf Club during a practice round ahead of the LIV Golf Invitational – Bedminster in Bedminster, NJ, on Tuesday, July 26, 2022.
(Mike Stobe/LIV Golf/via Getty Images)

The Saudi-backed LIV Tour has sparked controversy in the golf world in recent months as many big names have joined LIV against the wishes of the PGA Tour.

On Monday, Trump said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal that LIV Golf is one of the “hottest things that’s happened in sport.”

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“I really think the publicity they’ve gotten has been something especially great for them,” Trump said of Saudi Arabia’s investment in LIV. “I think the publicity they’ve gotten is worth billions of dollars. It’s one of the most exciting things that’s happened in sport, and sport is a big part of life.”

A general view of Trump National Golf Club during a practice round ahead of the LIV Golf Invitational - Bedminster in Bedminster, NJ, on Tuesday, July 26, 2022.

A general view of Trump National Golf Club during a practice round ahead of the LIV Golf Invitational – Bedminster in Bedminster, NJ, on Tuesday, July 26, 2022.
(Mike Stobe/LIV Golf/via Getty Images)

On Wednesday, LIV Golf announced its 2023 schedule, in which 48 golfers will play across 12 established team franchises across 14 tournaments. The total purse for the 2023 season will be $405 million.

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“LIV Golf’s expanding global platform will add a new dimension to the golf ecosystem as we know it, one that will give players and fans around the world the opportunity to help maximize the true potential of our beloved sport,” said LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman on the LIV Golf website.

President Trump plays a round of golf at Trump National Golf Course in Sterling, Virginia, on Nov. 21, 2020.

President Trump plays a round of golf at Trump National Golf Course in Sterling, Virginia, on Nov. 21, 2020.
(Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

“Our franchise model will bring new energy and excitement to fans from all corners of the globe and establish a competition of teams to connect with and grow with. The International Series will attract new talent and provide unprecedented avenues for the next generation of stars LIV Golf is committed to making sustainable investments that will grow the game now and into the future, and we are proud to make these dreams come true.”

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This weekend’s tournament in Bedminster will pit 12 teams against each other, with golfers like Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka, Johnson and DeChambeau all playing.

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