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$4.75M: Schwartzel wins richest golf event amid Saudi outcry

$4.75M: Schwartzel wins richest golf event amid Saudi outcry

ST. ALBANS, England (AP) — Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel banked $4.75 million on Saturday by winning the richest competition inside golf history, while the event's Saudi backers faced renewed backlash following a 9/11 victims' category called for American players to withdraw from the rebel series.

Schwartzel held on for a one-shot victory at the inaugural LIV Golf event external outside London to firm the $4 million prize for the individual victory — down accompanied by another $750,000 from his portion of the $3 million purse earned by his four-man Stinger team for topping the team rankings.

Schwartzel, the 2011 winner at Augusta National, collected additional prize money from winning the three-day, 54-hole event than he had from the last quartet years combined. It came at a cost, though, having resigned his belonging of the PGA Tour to amuse oneself on the unsanctioned series lacking a waiver.

"Never inside my wildest dreams did I believe we could amuse oneself for that a a large amount of money inside golf," said Schwartzel, who had not won a PGA or European tour event since 2016.

Fellow South African Hennie Du Plessis, who was selected for Stinger by team leader Louis Oosthuizen inside the draft, earned $2.875 million by finishing following at Centurion Club, located in the centre of Hemel Hempstead with every one other accompanied by St. Albans.


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Schwartzel entered the final day accompanied by a three-shot lead with every one other accompanied by did fair sufficient to clasp off Du Plessis in malice of finishing accompanied by a 2-over 72 for a 7-under total of 203.

It is the earliest of eight events inside the earliest year of LIV Golf, which began opposed to the backdrop of the PGA Tour banning players who signed up. The European tour has yet to remark on some sanctions for players who jumped to the series lacking its approval.

Twenty players have now defected from the PGA Tour, accompanied by Patrick Reed the latest former Masters champion confirmed on Saturday while signing up to LIV Golf while the final circular was actuality completed.

However, the lucrative rewards for joining the series funded by Saudi Arabia's sovereign affluence fund have not been sufficient to entice some players ranked inside the world's top 10.

Reed, who has won almost $37 million inside a decade on the PGA Tour, is ranked 36th. The 31-year-old American's only greatest come first in was the 2018 Masters.

Having appeared at trio Ryder Cups, where he has been one of the brashest characters on the American team, Reed's decision could see him ineligible for selection inside the future.

Reed said he would build his debut on the following place an extremity to of the LIV Golf series inside Portland, Oregon, on June 30-July 2.

Pat Perez, the 46-year-old American who is ranked 168th inside the world, too joined the breakaway on Saturday, saying he wants to journey less following 21 years on the PGA Tour. He made no indeed allude to on the LIV exist transmit concerning the riches on offer.

Saudi Arabia's track record of anthropoid rights violations has sparked censure from groups, including Amnesty International, that the country is "sportswashing" its likeness by investing inside signing up sports stars.

LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman, who would not speak to the media at the event, called the series a "force for good" inside a speech at the victory ceremony, lacking addressing censure of the Saudi project.

LIV Golf plays up the monetary largesse. Yasir Al-Rumayyan, manager of Saudi's Public Investment Fund, said on phase that there would exist a prize of $54 million for some player who could hit an implausible 54 at a LIV event.

For numerous inside the United States, Saudi Arabia will forever exist associated accompanied by the collapse of the World Trade Towers with every one other accompanied by the deaths of almost 3,000 people on Sept. 11, 2001. All nevertheless quartet of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 were Saudi citizens, with every one other accompanied by the Saudi kingdom was the birthplace of Osama bin Laden, the head of al-Qaida with every one other accompanied by mastermind of the attack.

Terry Strada, the national chairperson of 9/11 Families United, has sent a letter to representatives of LIV Golf stars calling on them to reconsider their involvement inside the series. Her husband, Tom, died when a hijacked flat outside flew into the World Trade Center.

"Given Saudi Arabia's part inside the demise of our loved ones with every one other accompanied by those injured on 9/11 — your fellow Americans — we are angered that you are so willing to assist the Saudis cover up this history inside their appeal for 'respectability,'" Strada wrote, accusing the players of betraying U.S. interests.

Strada's letter was sent to agents for Reed while well while Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau with every one other accompanied by Kevin Na.

"When you partner accompanied by the Saudis, you become complicit accompanied by their whitewash, with every one other accompanied by assist present with them the reputational cover they so inside desperation crave — with every one other accompanied by are willing to pay handsomely to manufacture," Strada wrote.

"The Saudis do not protected from danger keeping concerning the deep-rooted sportsmanship of golf or its origins while a gentleman's game built upon centre values of mutual esteem with every one other accompanied by personal integrity. They protected from danger keeping concerning using professional golf to whitewash their reputation, with every one other accompanied by they are paying you to assist them do it."

Victims' families are trying to clasp Saudi Arabia accountable inside New York, in malice of its government's insistence that some allegation of complicity inside the terrorist attacks is "categorically false."


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