Donald Trump is scheduled to be at this week’s LIV Golf Invitational at his Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, New Jersey.
In addition to hosting the event, the former American president will go a step further by playing with Bryson DeChambeau and Dustin Johnson in Friday’s pro-am ahead of the first round, a tournament official confirmed to theNew York Post.
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That Trump will be paired with DeChambeau and Johnson is hardly a surprise. He has played with them both before in South Florida. DeChambeau’s bag also used to feature Trump’s logo.
Johnson and his wife Paulina Gretzky also attended Trump’s annual Halloween party in 2021, mingling with the ex-president at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.
Trump won’t be the only big name on hand for the controversial Saudi-backed league. NGA legend Charles Barkley, Caitlyn Jenner and former NFL star Lawrence Taylor are among those scheduled to participate in the pro-am, which partners celebrities with professional golfers.
Barkley is in talks to join the outfit in a broadcasting capacity, the New York Post first reported last week.
Earlier this week, the NBA Hall of Famer and TNT analyst said on The Dan Patrick Show he has issued an ultimatum to LIV that they need to make an offer this week or he’s not interested.
“I’m not gonna keep TNT in limbo,” Barkley told Patrick. “I don’t think it’s fair to them. They’ve gotten plenty of play out of me coming to play out there.
“I’m not just gonna be no show pony. Don’t be wasting my time. I’m not gonna waste y’all time. When I leave New Jersey Thursday night, when I leave the golf course, if I don’t have an offer, it’s over.”
Jenner, meanwhile, tweeted on Monday: “Let’s have so much fun at this pro-am @LIV.”
LIV Golf has come under scrutiny for being backed by the Saudi Arabian government amid human rights concerns associated with that country. It has also drawn the ire of several September 11 groups, particularly this week, with Ground Zero for the 9/11 terrorist attacks less than 80km from Trump’s course in New Jersey.
Trump has dismissed human rights concerns over Saudi Arabia in recent days while also blasting the PGA Tour for its hardline stance against the rival circuit, which has included suspending players from the PGA Tour who participate in LIV.
“I don’t know much about the 9/11 families,” Trump said in a Wall Street Journal interview this week. “I don’t know what is the relationship to this, and their very strong feelings, and I can understand their feelings.
“I can’t really comment on that because I don’t know exactly what they’re saying, and what they’re saying who did what.”
This story first appeared on the New York Post and was reproduced with permission