Newcastle United chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan makes high-profile appearance
Al-Rumayyan, governor of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), teed off with Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Lee Westwood at a pro-am event ahead of this week’s controversial LIV Golf event at the Centurian Club, St Albans.
Asked about the new tour, Al-Rumayyan said: "It's the big thing in golf, and we're going to enjoy it. That's why I'm here. I'm going to play the pro-am and hopefully have a lot of fun with five or six players.”
The breakaway Saudi-backed LIV Golf series, like last year’s takeover of Newcastle, has faced accusations of “sportswashing” because of the country’s human rights record. Mickelson is reportedly being paid £160million to compete in the series, while Johnson is said to have pocketed a signing-on bonus of more than £100million.
PIF own 80% of Newcastle following a £305million takeover late last year.