The recent announcement of the PGA Tour's merger with LIV Golf, a league backed by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF), has sparked criticism from the 9/11 Families United, a group of family members who lost loved ones in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The group accused the PGA Tour of taking billions of dollars to "cleanse the Saudi reputation" and slammed Commissioner Jay Monahan for sacrificing principles for profit. The PIF has been accused of human rights violations and funding terrorism.
The merger has also caused confusion and frustration among players, with some feeling betrayed by the PGA Tour's acceptance of Saudi-funded money after banning players who defected to LIV Golf. Golf legend Jack Nicklaus, however, has changed his tune and expressed support for the merger, believing it to be good for the sport.
The merger between the PGA Tour, LIV Golf, and the DP World Tour will end the golfing war between the two leagues, with LIV Golf defectors previously banned from competing on the Tour. While some celebrate the unity in the golf community, others remain critical of the deal's implications.