The Trump family, which hosts LIV tournaments in the U.S. and has been a big supporter of the series’ efforts to exit the PGA Tour, hopes the tournaments will continue to be held at its own golf courses after the merger is complete. are doing.
“This merger is great for golf,” Eric Trump said in an interview Tuesday. “I really believe so.”
His father, Donald J. Trump, also praised the deal. Speaking of Truth Social, the former president’s social media platform and personal megaphone, he wrote: A big, beautiful, glamorous deal for the great world of golf. ”
The LIV series has been a boon to the Trump family, who have lost major tournaments since the Jan. 6, 2021 attacks on the Capitol, including the 2022 PGA Championship, one of golf’s four major majors. The tournament was supposed to be held at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey, but just days after the Capitol raid, organizers, the PGA of America, lost the rights to the club. stripped of
Last July, just before the inaugural LIV Tournament was held at the Trump National Bedminster, Trump predicted that the series would eventually be merged, and players who remained loyal to the PGA Tour would lose money to the economy. suggesting that he made a mistake.
“Anyone who remains ‘loyal’ to the highly dishonest PGA in any way will pay a heavy price when the inevitable merger with LIV comes to pass. And you will receive It’s just a big ‘thank you’ from the PGA people.” He makes millions of dollars a year.” Trump wrote to Truth Social in July 2022:. “If we don’t get the money now, we won’t get anything after the merger, and it will just show how smart the original signatories were.”
LIV is scheduled to play tournaments at Trump-owned golf courses in Florida and New Jersey this year, and has just completed a tournament at Trump’s course in Virginia. Negotiations are underway to potentially host more tournaments at Trump-owned facilities next year, but it’s unclear at this time if the series will continue in its current form.
Eric Trump declined to comment on Tuesday when asked if the Trump family played a role in promoting the merger of the PGA and LIV. But he said his family has close friends over the years in the golf world, including those associated with the PGA and LIV Group.