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Tags: golf | saudi arabia | khashoggi

Pro Golfers Slammed For Playing in Saudi Tourney

pro golfers were criticized for participating in an event in saudi arabia

In this file photo, defending champion Dustin Johnson plays his shot from the first tee during the final round of the Tournament of Champions golf event at Kapalua Plantation Course in Kapalua, Hawaii. (Matt York/AP)

By    |   Sunday, 03 February 2019 05:20 PM

As the European Tour held its first-ever event in Saudi Arabia over the weekend, professional golfers were criticized for participating in the tournament following the regime’s killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, The Hill reported on Sunday.

ESPN reported that additional displeasure was directed at those who accepted lucrative appearance fees to play in the event.

The world’s top three ranked players - Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson – participated in the event.

When Johnson won the tournament and the European Tour shared a photo on Twitter of him holding up the trophy, one user replied in a tweet that “I thought the trophy would be a golden bone saw,” referring to how the Saudis reportedly dismembered Khashoggi’s body.

Another tweeted, “When is the LPGA event coming to Saudi Arabia? Oh wait….” alluding to the country’s restrictive laws toward women.

Johnson told ESPN he did not support the Khashoggi murder but said he did not play in order to support the Saudi regime, insisting that “I'm not a politician. I play golf."

European Tour CEO Keith Pelley said it was important to play in Saudi Arabia because the tour has many stops in the Middle East during the winter since tournaments can't take place in Europe at that time due to the weather.

However, Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee harshly criticized turning a blind eye to Khashoggi’s killing, saying “Politically, I get why you have to capitulate to Saudi Arabia -- and maybe from a business standpoint, even -- but a more definitive personal rebuke can be shown to the PR stunt of this regime, which is really trying to hoodwink the West... by refusing to participate.

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As the European Tour held its first-ever event in Saudi Arabia over the weekend, professional golfers were criticized for participating in the tournament following the regime's killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, The Hill reported on Sunday.
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