(Reuters) – Former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDoproperly stated he regrets even talking about his choice to be a part of the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series after receiving messages on social media from folks telling him to “go die”.
Speaking forward of the inaugural occasion in London final month, McDoproperly had stated the circuit was “polarising” however that he was proud to be a part of it.
The $255 million collection is being bankrolled by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), which critics say is a car for the nation to enhance its picture within the face of criticism of its human rights file.
“I can not activate my Instagram or Twitter account with out somebody telling me to go die,” McDoproperly informed the BBC on Monday. “I simply want I had stated nothing. I want I had sat there and shook my head and stated ‘no remark’ but it surely’s not who I’m.
“It’s actually arduous as a result of I’m being requested questions that there aren’t any proper solutions to. I’m having my ethical integrity attacked on a regular basis when all I’m making an attempt to do is play golf.
“I’m making an attempt to make a enterprise choice for me and my household. I’ve chased that cash all around the world all my profession. Do I analysis into the morals of each greenback I’ve ever made? No I do not.”
LIV Golf’s first occasion was received by South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel, who pocketed a $4 million prize – the most important pay verify in golf historical past.
“It is concerning the cash, and I feel most guys would fortunately say that to you,” McDoproperly stated. “They’re there for the monetary alternative, little question about it.
“There is extra to what it’s we’re making an attempt to create – a brand new product for the followers. The 54-hole shotgun workforce format is enjoyable, it is completely different. But no-one cares about that proper now, they solely care concerning the negativity.”
The subsequent occasion on the LIV Tour takes place on the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, later this month.
(Reporting by Aadi Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)