PGA Tour Insults 9/11 Families

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( – On Tuesday, 9/11 Families United, a group representing the families of 9/11 victims, revealed that they were “shocked and deeply offended” by the upcoming merger of PGA Tour and LIV Golf, which was previously its Saudi-backed competitor.

This is not the only time that the group has opposed LIV Gold which is tied to Saudi Arabia, which has long been connected and faced accusations of helping the terrorists responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The group’s chair Terry Strada in a recent statement accused the Saudi operatives of originally assisting in the 9/11 attacks, while now they are funding the entirety of professional golf. The announcement about the merger was made on Tuesday by PGA Tour. With the merger, the two large rivals are going to unite and create a larger singular golf organization.

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan in his statement noted that this was a “historic day” for the sport. However, 9/11 families stated that they felt “betrayed” by the statement, especially since in the past Monahan had claimed that golfers who joined LIV Gold should apologize for participating in the league. In fact, last June he had claimed that he knew of two families that were close to him who had lost their loved ones in the attacks. He then proceeded to encourage all the members who were thinking of leaving or who had left to consider whether being a member of the PGA Tour was something that they had ever needed to issue an apology for.

Strada in her statement noted that the PGA Tour should be “ashamed of their hypocrisy and greed.”

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