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The Onion Skewers Saudi Golf Tourney With A ‘Play Through’ Beheading


A recent golf tournament series arrange by Saudi Arabia was bashed in a gruesome, scathing spoof in The Onion that featured a photo-edited beheading on the greens during an imagined competition.

The Saudis have launched the LIV tournament series to compete with the PGA in a move widely viewed as so-called “sportswashing” — an try and “launder” the nation’s human rights abuses and atrocities, comparable to the brutal dismemberment murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

American golfers like Phil Mickelson have been harshly criticized for participating within the tournament series. Yet former president Donald Trump has heaped praise on the “gold rush” events, and has urged players to enroll. He even hosted an LIV tournament in July at his Bedminster course in Recent Jersey attended by several far-right backers. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) said she loved the event vibe.

The Onion’s version of an LIV game wasn’t nearly so fawning. It featured a girl in a burqa about to be beheaded on the course during play.

Players “expressed frustration of the hazards on the course on the Royal Greens Gold and Country Club, where they reportedly were forced to putt around a girl being beheaded,” said the satirical publication’s fake news story.

“I used to be doing all right until the thirteenth hole, when it cost me three strokes to hit around that executioner chopping off an infidel woman’s head right in the midst of the green,” said made-up golfer Bubba Watson.

The LIV tournament series is being funded by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, which is chaired by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. U.S. intelligence determined that he was chargeable for the 2018 murder of Khashoggi, who wrote for The Washington Post, within the wake of his criticisms of the Saudi government.

The Saudis have also been linked to the 9/11 terrorism attacks within the U.S. — including quite a lot of times by Trump himself.

The Washington Post reported in June that legendary golf champ Tiger Woods declined an almost $1 billion deal to play within the Saudis’ controversial tournament circuit.

Phil Mickelson opted to take part in the series despite the fact that he reportedly told a biographer that the Saudis are “scary motherfuckers to get entangled with.”

“We all know they killed Khashoggi and have a horrible record on human rights. They execute people over there for being gay,” he added.

Yet Mickelson said he was participating within the tournaments since it’s a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

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