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

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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.

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