LIV Golf CEO and Commissioner Greg Norman visited the Capitol on Monday in an effort to discuss with lawmakers the future plans and initiatives of the controversial new golf league backed by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund.
Politico first reported on Monday that Norman is visiting lawmakers.
LIV Golf, launched publicly last year, has drawn criticism from many for its ties to Saudi Arabia setting the kingdom’s human rights record.
“LIV Golf is coming to the Hill this week to meet with lawmakers from both parties,” IV Golf spokesman Jonathan Grella told sports media ESPN in a statement.
The LIV has been extremely controversial in the golf world as it is embroiled in an increasingly fierce fight with the US-based PGA Tour for players.
Grella accused the PGA Tour of trying to “smother” LIV’s progress.
“Given the PGA Tour’s attempts to stifle our progress in reimagining the game, we feel it’s imperative to educate members about LIV’s business model and combat the Tour’s anti-competitive efforts,” added Grella.
The Hill has contacted LIV Golf for comments and more information.
Top golfers Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau left the PGA Tour for LIV Golf.
In response to high-profile defections, the PGA Tour fined or banned golfers who joined the Saudi Arabia-backed golf league.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) also launched an investigation into the Tour, founded in 1929, in July over allegations of possible anti-competitive behavior, with golfers’ agents first receiving an inquiry from the DOJ’s antitrust division into the tour’s statutes governing the participation of its players. in other golf associations and leagues.
LIV also filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour last month, alleging that the Tour wrongfully suspended players who defected to the new Saudi-backed league and pressured its sponsors and broadcast partners not to work with them, according to to ESPN.
In an interview with USA Today published in July, Norman, 67, said the controversy surrounding LIV Golf was far from fair.