Golf: PGA Tour to testify to Senate, not LIV Saudi executives

The panel should wait to listen to from LIV CEO Greg Norman and Yasir Al-Rumayyan, the governor of the Saudi Arabian nationwide wealth fund behind the rival circuit.

The Senate Everlasting Subcommittee on Investigations mentioned Ron Worth, the PGA Tour’s chief working officer, and board member Jimmy Dunne have agreed to seem July 11.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., who chairs the panel, and rating member Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., mentioned Norman and Al-Rumayyan cited scheduling conflicts as to why they might not be capable of seem.

LIV Golf is enjoying exterior London this week. Its subsequent event just isn’t till early August.

“We recognize the PGA Tour working with us and sit up for a sturdy, considerate alternate with each Ron Worth and Jimmy Dunne on July 11, specializing in the main points and background of this deal and what it means for this cherished American establishment,” Blumenthal and Johnson mentioned in a joint assertion.

They mentioned they remorse Al-Rumayyan and Norman’s schedules will hold them from the listening to as a result of “they’ve precious data to share concerning the operations of the Public Funding Fund, the way forward for LIV Golf, and Saudi Arabia’s plans to put money into golf and different sports activities.”

“According to our subcommittee’s apply, we sit up for working with each witnesses to discover a mutually agreeable date for them to seem within the very close to future,” they mentioned.

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan stepped away with a “medical state of affairs” on June 13 and turned over day-to-day operations to Worth and Tyler Dennis, the president of the PGA Tour.

The New York Occasions mentioned LIV as an alternative supplied Gary Davidson, who’s appearing chief working officer of LIV. It cited an individual acquainted with LIV’s pondering as saying Davidson was extra concerned within the league’s day-to-day operations and the ramifications of the deal.

Norman was not concerned within the seven weeks of negotiations that led to the framework settlement, during which the PIF, PGA Tour and European tour would pool business companies and rights in a separate for-profit firm.

Neither was Worth. The solely individuals concerned within the deal had been Al-Rumayyan, Monahan and PGA Tour board members Dunne and Ed Herlihy.

The title of the listening to is, “The PGA-LIV Deal: Implications for the Way forward for Golf and Saudi Arabia’s Affect in america.”

Blumenthal had mentioned the panel desires to search out out what went into the settlement.

“Individuals need to know what the construction and governance of this new entity will likely be,” Blumenthal mentioned final week in asking for the listening to. “Main actors within the deal are greatest positioned to supply this data, and so they owe Congress — and the American individuals — solutions in a public setting.”

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