Saudi-Backed LIV Golf ‘Using PGA Lawsuit To Get Data On 9/11 Families’

Greg Norman of Australia follows his shot during practice for the 97th United States Open Championship golf tournament on 11 June 1997 at the Blue Course of Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, United States. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Allsport/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • LIV, backed by the $676 billion Saudi sovereign wealth fund, was accused on Tuesday of using its US lawsuit against PGA to “build an intelligence file” on families of 9/11 victims who have been critical of the kingdom and its new professional golf circuit. The upstart has countered that the PGA is secretly running a “smear campaign” to take it down.
  • At the heart of the matter is PGA’s public-relations firm, Clout Public Affairs. Led by an ex-chief of staff to US Senator Ted Cruz, one of its other clients is 9/11 Justice, which is involved in a separate suit against Saudi Arabia related to the 2001 terror attacks and other atrocities, including the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
  • Now Clout is also challenging a subpoena issued by LIV and accusing the tour of tapping a third-party firm to track the 9/11 group.

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