- Tickets for a round of LIV golf at Trump Golf Course are sold for just $1.
- The Wall Street Journal reported that the controversial Saudi-backed event drew light crowds.
- Trump has faced criticism for hosting the event because of the kingdom’s human rights record.
Tickets for the Saudi-backed LIV golf tournament at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, are selling for less than $1, a report said, as the controversial event failed to draw large crowds.
According to the Wall Street Journal, tickets for Saturday were sold for $1 on ticket site StubHub, and “light crowds spread across most of the vast territory.”
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman oversees the Saudi sovereign wealth fund, which finances the event.
Former President Donald Trump faced criticism for hosting the event at one of his golf courses in light of allegations of human rights abuses against Saudi Arabia, such as the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The 9/11 Justice group, made up of family members of 9/11 victims, criticized Trump for hosting the tournament despite what they described as “clear” evidence linking Saudi Arabia to the terrorist attack.
Some 9/11 family members and survivors protested near the event on Thursday.
The Wall Street Journal said Trump made various statements to reporters throughout the event, including talking about Trump Doral, his Miami property that will host the second LIV event this year.
When Trump was asked how much he was getting paid to work with LIV, he said he was “very generous” but added, “I’m not doing it for that,” according to the outlet.
In a video posted to Twitter, a cutter shouted at golfer Phil Mickelson as he prepared to take off.
“Do it for the Saudi royal family!” Scream Clips, part of a comedy duo called The Good Liars, known for pranking public figures.
– The Good Liars (@TheGoodLiars) 30 July 2022
Speaking to reporters from the golf course on Thursday, Trump defended Saudi Arabia and claimed that “nobody has reached the bottom of 9/11.”
In its open letter to Trump, the 9/11 Justice Group noted that in a 2016 interview, Trump blamed Saudi Arabia for the attack.
Despite the criticism, Trump took part in the event, playing alongside his son Eric and LIV golfers.
He previously told the Wall Street Journal that he thought the tournament was an “incredible investment” for the “image of Saudi Arabia”.