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Saudi Arabia launches golf tournament to rival the PGA Tour

>>> WELL, THE CONTROVERSIAL NEW GOLF TOURNAMENT IS TEEING OFF TOMORROW IN LONDON IT'S CALLED LIV GOLF INVITATIONAL SAUDI ARABIA'S BANK ROLLING IT AND THE ANALYSTS SAY THE COUNTRY IS USING THE TOURNAMENT AS A WAY TO SORT OF CLEAN UP ITS IMAGE AFTER ALL THE ACCUSATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES AND THE KILLING OF JAMAL KHASHOGGI IT'S LURED SOME OF GOLF'S BIGGEST STARS. PHIL MICKELSON, DUSTIN JOHNSON, AND SERGIO GARCIA.

BRYSON DeCHAMBEAU AND PATRICK REED ALSO REPORTEDLY SET TO JOIN THEM ALL THE PLAYERS IN THE LIV GOLF INVITATIONAL SET TO MAKE HUGE MONEY. BUT IT COULD COST THEM THE CHANCE TO COMPETE IN THE PGA HERE'S CNBC'S PERRY RUSSOM >> IT'S CONSIDERED THE REBEL LEAGUE AMONG GOLF INSIDERS >> I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE VERY EXCITED. I'M EXCITED ABOUT PLAYING. >> AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE PGA TOUR LIV HAS FEWER ROUNDS, A SHOTGUN START, AND A TEAM FORMAT THAT INCLUDES A DRAFT THAT COULD BE CONFUSED FOR A NIGHT IN VEGAS. >> WE'RE HERE. IT'S HAPPENING IT'S LIVE. >> THERE'S ALSO MUCH MORE MONEY ON THE LINE. $25 MILLION IS UP FOR GRABS AT EACH TOURNAMENT. THAT'S MORE THAN ANY PGA TOUR EVENT. PLAYERS INCLUDING DUSTIN JOHNSON HAVE VOLUNTARILY RESIGNED THEIR MEMBERSHIP TO THE PGA TOUR, AFTER PGA THREATS OF DISCIPLINARY ACTION. >> I CHOSE WHAT'S BEST FOR ME AND MY FAMILY. >> AFTER JOINING LIV, JOHNSON WAS DROPPED BY A DO SPONSOR, THE ROYAL BANK OF CANADA >> VERY IMPORTANT TO SEE HOT THE FANS SAY DO THEY ACTUALLY GO TO THE TOURNAMENTS? DO THEY WATCH ON WHATEVER STREAMING THEY'RE ABLE TO? >> IN FEBRUARY, WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE POTENTIAL FOR A SAUDI LEAGUE, PHIL MICKELSON REPORTEDLY CALLED THE SAUDIS SCARY MOTHER EXPLETIVES TO GET INVOLVED WITH.

>> I'M SORRY FOR THAT, AND FOR THE HURT IT'S CAUSED A LOT OF PEOPLE >> FOUR MONTHS LATER, HE'S PREPARING TO TEE OFF >> I DON'T CONDONE HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AT ALL. >> MICKELSON IS BEING ACCUSED OF HELPING THE SAUDIS WITH SPORTS WASHING. WHEN A GOVERNMENT WORKS TO REBUILD A REPUTATION WITH THE HELP OF FAMOUS ATHLETES. >> IN THE GAME OF GOLF I HAVE SEEN UNIFY AND BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER >> PLAYERS ACROSS THE LEAGUE ARE FACING SIMILAR QUESTIONS >> IF SAUDI ARABIA WANTED TO USE THE GAME OF GOLF AS A WAY FOR THEM TO GET TO WHERE THEY WANT TO BE AND THEY HAVE THE RESOURCES TO ACCELERATE THAT EXPERIENCE, YOU KNOW, I THINK WE'RE PROUD TO HELP THEM ON THAT JOURNEY. >> MICKELSON WAS CLEARLY CAREFUL WITH HIS WORDS TODAY, AFTER ONE QUESTION, HE WAITED 12 SECONDS BEFORE SAYING HE WASN'T GOING TO ANSWER LIV HAS FIVE TOURNAMENTS

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