Mike Lorenzo-Vera calls for a boycott of the LIV Golf Invitational Series

Mike Lorenzo-Vera spoke at length, via the site independent.ie, on the controversial LIV Golf Invitational Series which begins June 9-11 at the Centurion Club, near London. The Frenchman, who does not mince his words, calls on golf fans to boycott this League supported by Saudi Arabia.

We know it, Mike Lorenzo Vera is a whole boy, who never hesitates to speak his mind, especially when it comes to this famous LIV Golf Invitational Directed by Greg Norman and supported by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) owned by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This League, through its LIV Golf Invitational Seriesbegins in a few weeks at Centurion Club, near London. As a reminder, the eight tournaments on the program in 2022 will each offer a prize pool of 25 million dollars.

Last February, the Basque, a member of the DP World Tourin possession of a 16b category after finishing beyond the top 121 of the Race 2021had declared that he would not accept any eventual invitation to one of these tournaments after having watched a documentary of the BBC dealing with the war in Yemen. Conflict where Saudi Arabia is directly involved.

Discussion topic at Player’s Lounge

Three months later, and now that this Saudi League is about to see the light of day “sportingly”, Mike Lorenzo-Vera urges his colleagues to boycott the first meeting in England scheduled for June 9-11.

When you find yourself in the Player’s Lounge on a tournament, a topic of discussion always revolves around thatexplains the French on the Irish site independent.ie. Even I would love to play for such an amount of money, for my family, for my passions, but there comes a time when you have to straighten up and act like a human being. I know there are players who aren’t comfortable with this, but I feel like they’re staying quiet, just in case someday a piece of the pie comes their way. Some players will talk but fans must boycott too (this League). Do not go ! »

A strange taste in the mouth…

Several great players have already expressed their interest in playing this first event in the suburbs of London, such as the English Lee Westwood and Richard Blandthe Spanish Sergio Garcia or the South African Louis Oosthuizen. Phil Mickelsonwho has just declared a “forfeit” for the PGA Championship of which he is the defending champion, should also be there…

I’m a big fan of these playersMike Lorenzo-Vera again admits, but I find it difficult to understand. I may be stupid, but just for the money would you spit on the PGA Tour? (who refused to release the players to play this tournament in England). »

He himself, who does not claim to be virtuous or politically correct, has twice contested the Saudi Internationalthen on the DP World Tour calendar and now on theAsian Tour since this year. He admits that he felt uncomfortable ” during the tournament and that the experience had ” left a strange taste ” in the mouth.

You can’t be perfect, but you can try to be just a little better. Players are afraid to say that…

I’m just a sports person, I left school early, I didn’t hear much about the news when I was younger, so I’m mostly talking here about emotions and how I feelhe adds. Some places are not suitable for me to go golfing, and this Saudi (International) is definitely one of them. But don’t get me wrong, we go places on the European circuit where we shouldn’t go. But that doesn’t mean we should also allow Saudi Arabia… »

Younger, I would certainly have made the mistake of doing soconcludes the now 37-year-old golfer. You can’t be perfect, but you can try to be just a little better. Players are afraid to say that… Be respectful to people, but if you are against something, say so. Simply ! »

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