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Graeme McDowell Has Been Making More Misguided Comments About LIV Golf

Graeme McDowell Has Been Making More Misguided Comments About LIV Golf
By Gary Connaughton Updated

While all of the players involved in LIV Golf have attempted to justify their participation in the controversial tour, few have been more outspoken in their support for the Saudi-backed venture than Graeme McDowell.

The Portrush native had experienced quite a dip in his career over the last number of years, dropping outside the top 350 players in the world rankings in recent times. With his fortunes on the PGA Tour worsening, he opted to take the pay day available in its newest competitor.

The money on offer in LIV Golf is certainly mind blowing, although McDowell seems insistent that this venture is all about growing both the game and Saudi Arabia.

He was heavily criticised for his comments ahead of the maiden event on the tour, essentially giving a textbook definition of sportswashing when attempting to justify his move. He would also resign his membership in the PGA Tour before teeing off in the event.

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Of course, the vast majority of the biggest names in the sport have resisted the advances of LIV Golf up to this point.

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The field for their first event last week consisted mostly of a few big names who are well past their peak, as well as a number of less familiar journeyman pros.

When this fact was put to McDowell on Twitter last night, he suggested that the player pool would improve significantly in the future. He also said the criticisms directed at LIV Golf amounted to a 'smear campaign'.

Remarkable.

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Unsurprisingly, he has been heavily criticised for these latest comments.

As mentioned above, these latest comments came after McDowell openly admitted he was happy to be involved in Saudi Arabia's attempts to use golf as a way to soften Saudi Arabia's global reputation.

I really feel golf is a force of good in the world and I love using the game of golf as something to help grow around the world and be role models to kids. We’re not politicians.

If Saudi Arabia want to use the game of golf as a way for them to get to where they want to be, I think we’re proud to help them on that journey, using the game of golf and the abilities we have to help grow the sport.

While it remains to be seen what happens with LIV Golf, it seems certain that Graeme McDowell has lost quite a few fans over the last few weeks.

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