9/11 survivors’ group vows to protest at Masters if Augusta National would not rethink choice permitting LIV Golf sequence individuals to play


A coalition of households and survivors of the 9/11 terrorist assaults says it can protest on the “front door” of Augusta National Golf Membership if the establishment doesn’t rethink its choice to ask golfers who’ve performed within the Saudi-backed LIV Golf sequence to the Masters in April.

A lot of golfers who performed within the LIV Golf tour have been invited, together with World No.3 Cam Smith, Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson, one in all six former Masters champions to have competed on the controversial tour.

“In the aftermath of 9/11, our country agreed we would ‘Never Forget’ that horrible day,” 9/11 Households United mentioned in a press launch Tuesday.

“The one cause the Saudis launched LIV was to attempt to make the world overlook who they’re and what they did, together with their position in 9/11. Anybody who actually vowed to ‘never forget’ ought to be appalled by the choice by these golfers to place cash forward of their very own nation.

“On behalf of 9/11 Families United, we are calling on Augusta National to reconsider their open-door policy to the LIV golfers. If they are welcomed with open arms, we will be at their front door to protest in April.”

Augusta National’s spokeswoman didn’t instantly reply to CNN’s request for remark.

Fifteen of the 19 al Qaeda terrorists who hijacked 4 planes on September 11, 2001 had been Saudi nationals, however the Saudi authorities has lengthy denied any involvement within the assaults.

In 2004, the 9/11 Fee established by Congress mentioned it had discovered “no evidence that the Saudi government as an institution or senior Saudi officials individually funded” al Qaeda.

Nonetheless, the victims’ households have pushed for additional disclosures, and final yr the FBI launched a doc that particulars the company’s work to analyze the alleged logistical assist {that a} Saudi consular official and a suspected Saudi intelligence agent in Los Angeles offered to at the least two hijackers.

Forward of LIV Golf’s maiden occasion in London in June, Terry Strada, the National Chair of 9/11 Households United, known as on Mickelson, DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed and Kevin Na to resign their participation within the occasion. All six golfers are invited to the Masters in April.

In June, Mickelson mentioned he had “deep empathy” for the victims of the 9/11 terror assaults.

“I would say to the Strada family, I would say to everyone that has lost loved ones, lost friends on 9/11 that I have deep, deep empathy for them. I can’t emphasize that enough,” the six-time main winner mentioned when questioned by reporters throughout a information convention.

“I have the deepest of sympathy and empathy for them.”

On the time, Strada, whose husband Tom died within the collapse of the World Commerce Heart’s North Tower mentioned Mickelson “knows exactly what he’s doing.”

“He and his fellow LIV golfers should be ashamed.”

The LIV Golf sequence is backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding Fund (PIF) – a sovereign wealth fund chaired by Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.