The Unsavory Alliance of Trump and the LIV Golf Tour

Along with Jared Kushner’s sweetheart deal with Saudis, the stench of corruption is hard to ignore

Jeff Marzick
6 min readJul 19, 2022
Photo courtesy of Soheb Zaidi on Unsplash

Whether it’s trying to overthrow a legitimate election, bilking his followers out of millions of dollars through his Super PAC, or lying about the value of his properties, the former president’s corruption and unethical behavior seemingly have no end. We could go on and on.

For those of you who may not know it, Trump even managed to corrupt the world of golf, a sport he loves to participate in daily.

Some might say they couldn’t care less about a sport that has always catered to the very well-off and has a dark history of excluding people of color and women from participating. And, they’d be right about those aspects of the game of golf.

That said, Trump’s involvement in the LIV Golf Tour, Saudi Arabia’s foray into tournament golf, shows his vindictiveness, pettiness, and corruption know no bounds.

For some background, the LIV Tour is a startup tour attempting to compete with the PGA Tour, backed by hundreds of millions of dollars from the Saudi Arabian government. They’ve enticed some big names from the PGA, like Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson, by throwing nine-figure paychecks at them to…



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