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Donald Trump kicks off at LIV Golf pro-am . event

Donald Trump kicks off at LIV Golf pro-am . event

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Former President Trump in Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, NJ Thursday morning for the LIV Golf pro-am event ahead of the third tournament of the season in the Saudi-backed league this weekend.

Trump did some practice swing before being met with a round of applause as he started on the first hole of the event where he will play alongside his son Eric Trump, 24-time PGA Tour winner Dustin Johnson and 2020 US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau. .

Former US President Trump watches his first tee shot during the pro before LIV Golf Invitational – Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 28, 2022 in Bedminster, New Jersey.
(Charles Laberge / LIV Golf via Getty Images)

Other names featured in List of official supporters They include Olympic gold medalists Caitlyn Jenner and Basketball Hall of Fame Charles Barkley.

Donald Trump attends Golf Leaf Welcome Party with Greg Norman and Dustin Johnson before Bedminster Invitation

Trump and former first lady Melania Trump attended the LIV Golf Welcome Party at Gotham Hall in Manhattan on Wednesday night where the former president was seen speaking to LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman.

Despite the tour’s ties to Saudi Arabia, Trump hailed the new league as “one of the most important things that has happened in sports.”

Trump said on Monday during an interview with The Wall Street Journal. “I think the publicity they got is worth billions of dollars. It’s one of the most important things that has happened in sports, and sports is such a big part of life.”

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Earlier this month, Trump warned PGA Tour loyalists of a potential missed opportunity.

“All golfers who remain ‘loyal’ to the highly disloyal PGA, in all its various forms, will pay a heavy price when MERGER comes with the inevitable LIV, and you will get nothing but ‘thanks’ from PGA officials who make millions of dollars a year,” he wrote. Trump at the Truth Social.

Former US President Trump looks on from the training range during the pro before LIV Golf Invitational - Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 28, 2022 in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Former US President Trump looks on from the training range during the pro before LIV Golf Invitational – Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 28, 2022 in Bedminster, New Jersey.
(Charles Laberge / LIV Golf via Getty Images)

LIV Golf offers a $25 million portfolio with a $4 million winner’s share and a $5 million prize pool for the winning team in each event. Players such as Johnson and Decambo also earned lucrative signing bonuses.

Former U.S. President Trump speaks with captain Bryson DeChambeau of Crushers GC about the training range during the pro before LIV Golf Invitational - Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 28, 2022 in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Former U.S. President Trump speaks with captain Bryson DeChambeau of Crushers GC about the training range during the pro before LIV Golf Invitational – Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 28, 2022 in Bedminster, New Jersey.
(Charles Laberge / LIV Golf via Getty Images)

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Wednesday, LIV Golf announced its schedule for 2023 Which includes 14 championships and a total purse of $405 million.

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Fox News’ Joe Morgan contributed to this report.