Jul 16, 2023

The Chief Operating Officer and a board member of the PGA golf tour recently testified to the Senate as part of its investigation into the possible merger between the PGA and LIV golf tours. In this episode, hear a summary of their testimony which was about monopoly powers, labor rights, Saudi Arabian oil money, loyalty to country…. So much more than golf.

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Background Sources

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PGA Tour

“PGA TOUR History.” 2022. Official 2022-23 PGA Tour Media Guide.

Saudi Arabia

“Who we are: PIF is driving the growth of new sectors, companies and jobs, as a catalyst of Vision 2030.” Public Investment Fund.

“Jamal Khashoggi: All you need to know about Saudi journalist’s death.” February 24, 2021. BBC.

LIV Golf

LIV Golf Website

“How Much Did LIV Golf Pay Phil Mickelson?” Fergus Bisset. February 1, 2023. Golf Monthly.

“Tiger Woods Was Offered LIV Golf Contract in $700M-$800M Range, Greg Norman Says.” Doric Sam. August 1, 2022. Bleacher Report.


“LIV Golf’s anti-trust lawsuit against PGA Tour handed severe blow in federal court.” Tim Schmitt. February 17, 2023. Golfweek.

“Phil Mickelson among 11 golfers to sue PGA Tour over LIV Golf suspensions.” PA Media. August 3, 2022. The Guardian.

“U.S. Department of Justice investigating PGA Tour for behavior toward LIV Golf.” Mark Schlabach. July 11, 2022. ESPN.


“The Yemen War Can Be Over — If Biden Wants It.” Ryan Grim. May 18, 2023. The Intercept.

“The Houthis after the Yemeni cease-fire.” Bruce Riedel. January 27, 2023. Brookings.

“As U.S. Focuses on Ukraine, Yemen Starves.” Shuaib Almosawa. March 16, 2022. The Intercept.

Audio Sources

The PGA-LIV Deal: Implications for the Future of Golf and Saudi Arabia’s Influence in the United States

July 11, 2023
Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs, Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations

Watch on C-SPAN


  • Ron Price, Chief Operating Officer, PGA TOUR
  • Jimmy Dunne, Board Member, PGA TOUR

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