Key Words: Tiger Woods defends rival Phil Mickleson’s controversial $3-million decision to play in Saudi Arabia
That is Tiger Woods’s response to Phil Mickelson’s decision to play in a golf tournament in Saudi Arabia next month.
Woods declined to attend the event for a second year in a row, despite a $3-million appearance fee of his own. “I just didn’t want to go over there,” he told ESPN. “It’s a long way.”
Mickelson has been under fire for agreeing to play in a country where just more than a year ago journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered.
Mickelson, not one to shy away, addressed the mounting backlash on Twitter
with some snarky rebuttals of his own about his first golf trip to Saudi Arabia:
Mickelson will be joined in the Kingdom by several other high-profile golfers, like Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau.