Donald Trump tees off at the LIV Golf pro-am event

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Former President Trump teed off at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, NJ Thursday morning for the LIV Golf pro-am event forward of the Saudi-backed league’s third event of the season this weekend.

Trump took a couple of apply swings earlier than being met with a spherical of applause as he teed off on the first gap of the event the place he’ll play alongside his son Eric Trump, 24-time PGA Tour winner Dustin Johnson and 2020 US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau .

Former US President Trump watches his shot from the first tee throughout the pro-am previous to the LIV Golf Invitational – Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 28, 2022 in Bedminster, New Jersey.
(Charles Laberge/LIV Golf through Getty Images)

Other names featured on the official pro-am checklist embrace Olympic gold medalist Caitlyn Jenner and Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley.

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Trump and former first girl Melania Trump attended the LIV Golf welcome celebration at Gotham Hall in Manhattan Wednesday night time the place the former president was noticed speaking to LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman.

Despite the tour’s ties to Saudi Arabia, Trump has hailed the new league as “certainly one of the hottest issues to have occurred in sports activities.”

Greg Norman, CEO and commissioner of LIV Golf, talks with former US President Trump on the first tee during the pro-am prior to the LIV Golf Invitational - Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 28, 2022 in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Greg Norman, CEO and commissioner of LIV Golf, talks with former US President Trump on the first tee throughout the pro-am previous to the LIV Golf Invitational – Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 28, 2022 in Bedminster, New Jersey.
(Charles Laberge/LIV Golf through Getty Images)

“I do assume that the publicity that they’ve gotten, greater than something, has been an amazing factor for them,” Trump mentioned Monday throughout an interview with The Wall Street Journal. “I feel the publicity they’ve gotten is value billions of {dollars}. It’s certainly one of the hottest issues to have occurred in sports activities, and sports activities is a giant a part of life.”

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Earlier this month, Trump warned PGA Tour loyalists a few potential missed alternative.

“All of these golfers that stay ‘loyal’ to the very disloyal PGA, in all of its completely different types, pays a giant worth when the inevitable MERGER with LIV comes, and also you get nothing however a giant ‘thanks’ from PGA officers who’re making thousands and thousands of {dollars} a 12 months,” Trump wrote on Truth Social.

Former US President Trump looks on from the practice range during the pro-am prior to the LIV Golf Invitational - Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 28, 2022 in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Former US President Trump appears on from the apply vary throughout the pro-am previous to the LIV Golf Invitational – Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 28, 2022 in Bedminster, New Jersey.
(Charles Laberge/LIV Golf through Getty Images)

LIV Golf affords a $25 million purse with a $4 million winner’s share and a $5 million prize for the successful workforce at every event. Players like Johnson and DeChambeau have additionally been given profitable signing bonuses.

Former US President Trump talks with team captain Bryson DeChambeau of Crushers GC on the practice range during the pro-am prior to the LIV Golf Invitational - Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 28, 2022 in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Former US President Trump talks with workforce captain Bryson DeChambeau of Crushers GC on the apply vary throughout the pro-am previous to the LIV Golf Invitational – Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 28, 2022 in Bedminster, New Jersey.
(Charles Laberge/LIV Golf through Getty Images)

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On Wednesday, LIV Golf introduced its 2023 schedule which incorporates 14 tournaments and a complete purse of $405 million.

Fox News’ Joe Morgan contributed to this report.

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