South African Charl Schwartzel wins the first tournament of the dissident league

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St Albans (United Kingdom) (AFP)- South African Charl Schwartzel won the inaugural tournament of the dissident golf league on Saturday, backed by Saudi Arabia, who managed to attract a number of professionals in the face of the threats of the US PGA.

On the course of the Centurion Club of St. Albans, north of London, the South African posted a card at seven under the par after three days of competition. Schwartzel, who is ahead of his compatriot Hennie du Plessis, handed over the $ 4 million check promised by LIV Golf to the winners of its tournaments.

“I made a serious mistake in hole No. 12 that made me back off, but it was enough for me to stay calm and get the job done”, commented the 2011 Masters winner. “I’m proud of the way that I’m hooked, it’s a great sensation. “

South African Charl Schwartzel is about to put on the green of the 15th hole on the course in St Albans (England), on June 11, 2022, during the inaugural tournament of the dissident golf league, backed by Saudi Arabia Adrian DENNIS AFP

Pour in the $ 25 million endowment for each of the eight tournaments she has programmed this year, the LIV, funded by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign fund and led by Australian golf legend Greg Norman, offers far -reaching prizes those who play on the US PGA circuit, which hosts professional golf in large part.

In creating the “greens” fire, the PGA Tour, the “historic” organizer of professional golf tournaments, is in action from the first day of the London tournament excluding the 17 golfers present on the course from their own tournaments. of St. Albans, not Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson.

The LIV did not remain silent as it announced the arrival of two new golfers, the Americans Bryson DeChambeau, winner of the 2020 US Open, and Patrick Reed, winner of the 2018 Masters. PGA Tour general manager Jay Monahan has warned that they will face the same sanctions if they are in line with the start of the next LIV stamped tournament at the end of the month in Oregon.

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