Wednesday Jul 27, 2022

If the upstart LIV Golf Invitational Series wasn't controversial enough, this week the Saudi-backed circuit visits Trump National Golf Club Bedminster, about an hour west of Manhattan. A poll question posed in Saturday's The First Call/Weekend Edition asked "Do you believe former U.S. President Donald Trump should have canceled the LIV Golf Invitational Series at his Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, due to its proximity to the 9/11 site?" and 68 percent of respondents said "yes." In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Trump said LIV Golf is "one of the hottest things to have happened in sports" and that he couldn't address the concerns of 9/11 families that have spoken out against the circuit. "I don't know what is the relationship to this ... I can't really comment on that because I don't know exactly what they're saying."

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"It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves."
— Sir Edmund Hillary

PGA Tour: Rocket Mortgage Classic
Site: Detroit Golf Club.
Television: Thursday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1-3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. (CBS).

LIV Golf: LIV Golf Invitational Bedminster
Site: Trump National Golf Club Bedminster.
Television: Friday-Sunday, 1 p.m. (

LPGA Tour/Ladies European Tour: Trust Golf Women's Scottish Open
Site: Dundonald Links.
Television: Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Golf Channel); Friday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Golf Channel).

DP World Tour: Hero Open
Site: Fairmont St. Andrews.
Television: Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m. (Golf Channel-tape delay).


1-2: LPGA Leadership Academy, Newcastle, Wash. | Info

11-13: Golf Inc. Strategies Summit, Kiawah Island, S.C. | Info

6-9: International Association of Golf Administrators, Point Clear, Ala. | Info

23-25: Golf Business Conference, Orlando, Fla.
24-27: PGA Show, Orlando, Fla. | Info

6-9: GCSAA Conference and Trade Show, Orlando, Fla. | Info

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