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Donald Trump hits the links at his golf club for pro-am with celebs Caitlyn Jenner, Charles Barkley

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Probably the most controversial pro-am event in golf was held at Donald Trump’s golf club in Bedminster, Recent Jersey on Thursday as celebrities corresponding to Charles Barkley and Caitlyn Jenner joined pros Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau for 18 holes on the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series.

Trump, himself, teed off to begin the competition ahead of this weekend’s LIV Invitational, which is open to the general public. Thursday’s pro-am, alternatively, was closed to the general public, resulting in an eerily quiet day on the course.

This yr’s PGA Championship was imagined to be held at Bedminster but was relocated after Trump exhorted 1000’s of his supporters to march on the Capitol as Congress met to certify his presidential election defeat by Joe Biden.

Trump was asked Thursday if he was upset to be hosting an LIV event, fairly than one sanctioned by the USGA or PGA Tour.

‘No, no regrets,’ Trump said. ‘That is their problem. This course blows every other course away.’

He also declined to say how much money he would make off this weekend’s 54-hole tournament.

‘I do not do it for that,’ he said. ‘They have been very generous, but I do not do it for that. I do it because I feel it’s great for golf.’

Yasir Al-Rumayyan, left, a governor of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, which is financing the LIV Golf series, former President Donald Trump, center, and his son Eric Trump, watch play within the pro-am round of the Bedminster Invitational LIV Golf tournament in Bedminster

Charles Barkley plays a shot on the fourth hole during the pro-am prior to the LIV Golf Invitational - Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on Thursday. Barkley is admittedly considering a position with the LIV Tour

Charles Barkley plays a shot on the fourth hole in the course of the pro-am prior to the LIV Golf Invitational – Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on Thursday. Barkley is admittedly considering a position with the LIV Tour 

Pro golfer Hailey Ostrom (left) and Caitlyn Jenner fist bump on the first hole during the pro-am prior to the LIV Golf Invitational - Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster

Pro golfer Hailey Ostrom (left) and Caitlyn Jenner fist bump on the primary hole in the course of the pro-am prior to the LIV Golf Invitational – Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster

Former U.S. President Donald Trump watches his shot from the first tee during the pro-am prior to the LIV Golf Invitational - Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on Thursday

Former U.S. President Donald Trump watches his shot from the primary tee in the course of the pro-am prior to the LIV Golf Invitational – Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on Thursday

Katie Kearney, influencer, players her fourth shot on the fifth hole during the pro-am prior to the LIV Golf Invitational

Katie Kearney, influencer, players her fourth shot on the fifth hole in the course of the pro-am prior to the LIV Golf Invitational

Team Captain Sergio Garcia of Fireballs GC looks on from the fourth hole during the pro-am prior to the LIV Golf Invitational

Team Captain Sergio Garcia of Fireballs GC looks on from the fourth hole in the course of the pro-am prior to the LIV Golf Invitational

On Thursday, the previous President golfed together with his son, Eric, two weeks after the passing of his mother, Trump’s ex-wife Ivana.

The pair teed off in front of just a few reporters, daughter Ivanka, her husband Jared Kushner, in addition to former PGA stars Johnson and DeChaumbeau, all of whom clapped when Trump’s first drive landed in the middle cut of the golf green.

‘Glad that is over with,’ Trump joked, in keeping with reports.

He ultimately left a 15-foot putt short on the primary hole to take a bogey.

Trump, 76, drove his own cart, which was emblazoned with the presidential seal and an American flag.

By the second hole, Trump took a pass on the back tees in favor of something a bit closer to the opening.

Darryl Strawberry (left) and Team Captain Brooks Koepka of Smash GC pose during the welcome party for the LIV Golf Invitational - Bedminster at Gotham Hall on Wednesday

Darryl Strawberry (left) and Team Captain Brooks Koepka of Smash GC pose in the course of the welcome party for the LIV Golf Invitational – Bedminster at Gotham Hall on Wednesday

‘I’m gonna discover a more comfortable tee,’ he said, as quoted by the Washington Post.

Trump’s individual rating on Thursday could not likely be recorded, since the group occasionally played best-ball and he picked his ball up on several holes.

Other celebrities involved with Thursday’s festivities included English golfers Paul Casey and Ian Poulter, Spain’s Sergio Garcia, South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen, and sports radio host Clay Travis, an avid Trump supporter. Former Recent York Mets star Daryl Strawberry also appeared at a related event on Wednesday at Trump’s golf club in Recent Jersey. 

The previous President has embraced the controversial tour that has lured golfers like Phil Mickelson and Brooks Koepka away from the PGA with massive, guaranteed contracts paid for by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund.

Critics say LIV Golf amounts to blatant ‘sportswashing’ by a nation attempting to improve its fame in light of its history of human rights abuses. LIV Golf CEO and former world primary Greg Norman has said the brand new series offers players ‘free agency’ and fans an exciting recent way of watching golf.

The US-based PGA Tour has suspended members who opted to hitch the breakaway circuit and said anyone else who makes the jump will face the identical fate.

In response, Trump urged players last week to ‘take the cash’ and join LIV Golf, suggesting that those that remain loyal to the PGA Tour will ultimately pay an even bigger price for staying put.

‘All of those golfers that remain ‘loyal’ to the very disloyal PGA, in all of its different forms, pays a giant price when the inevitable MERGER with LIV comes, and also you get nothing but a giant ‘thanks’ from PGA officials who’re making Tens of millions of Dollars a yr,’ Trump wrote on the social medial platform Truth Social.

‘If you happen to don’t take the cash now, you’ll get nothing after the merger takes place, and only say how smart the unique signees were.’

Team Captain Martin Kaymer of Cleeks GC and Henrik Stenson of Majesticks GC walk the second hole with amateurs during the pro-am prior to the LIV Golf Invitational

Team Captain Martin Kaymer of Cleeks GC and Henrik Stenson of Majesticks GC walk the second hole with amateurs in the course of the pro-am prior to the LIV Golf Invitational

Trump (L) and son Eric are pictured during a Pro-Am tournament leading up to the LIV Golf Bedminster invitational

Trump (L) and son Eric are pictured during a Pro-Am tournament leading as much as the LIV Golf Bedminster invitational

Charles Barkley and celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian stand on the third greenduring the pro-am prior to the LIV Invitational

Charles Barkley and celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian stand on the third greenduring the pro-am prior to the LIV Invitational

Pro golfer Hailey Ostrom stands on the first green during the pro-am prior to the LIV Golf Invitational

Pro golfer Hailey Ostrom stands on the primary green in the course of the pro-am prior to the LIV Golf Invitational 

Thursday's event was closed to the public, which is why fans could not be seen at Trump's Bedminster golf club

Thursday’s event was closed to the general public, which is why fans couldn’t be seen at Trump’s Bedminster golf club 

Former U.S. President Donald Trump talks with media and fans on the sixth hole during the pro-am prior to the LIV Golf Invitational - Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on Thursday

Former U.S. President Donald Trump talks with media and fans on the sixth hole in the course of the pro-am prior to the LIV Golf Invitational – Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on Thursday

Former world primary Johnson, who counts the 2020 Masters amongst his two major wins, and 2020 U.S. Open winner DeChambeau are amongst those competing this week where the person winner gets $4 million from a $25 million purse.

The ultimate event of LIV Golf’s inaugural season, where there will probably be $50 million in total prize money, will probably be held at Trump’s Doral course in Florida from October 27-30.

Barkley has admitted he’s in public talks about taking a task with the tour, despite the proven fact that he’s a former NBA star known for a horrific slice on the links. 

He currently has a three-year contract value $30 million with TNT, working multiple events including the Emmy-winning “Contained in the NBA” studio show alongside Ernie Johnson and Shaquille O’Neal.

Barkley, known as a “notorious hack” by hoops peer and Hornets owner Michael Jordan, has a big following and have become referred to as an anything goes analyst with Turner Sports.

The LIV Golf Series began in June, paying immense, guaranteed contracts to golfers to hitch the brand new tour and leave established PGA Tour membership behind. Some players have pointed to the lighter schedule of events as a tipping point of their decision.

Broadcaster David Feherty has officially joined LIV from NBC Sports, despite the proven fact that the tour doesn’t yet have a media rights deal. 

Outstanding players have been critical of the Saudi-funded circuit as a money grab, including Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.

Team Captain Bryson DeChambeau of Crushers GC talks with former U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday in New Jersey

Team Captain Bryson DeChambeau of Crushers GC talks with former U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday in Recent Jersey

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