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Golf: Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter involved in awkward exchange over Saudi-backed LIV series

‘If Vladimir Putin had a event, would you play there?’ Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter are left squirming as they face awkward questions on becoming a member of Saudi-backed LIV series however refuse to touch upon ‘hypothesis’

  • Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood had an awkward exchange with a journalist 
  • The {golfing} stars are below strain after becoming a member of the Saudi-backed LIV series 
  • They rejected ‘hypothetical’ questions and ‘hypothesis’ at a press convention 

Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter had been compelled to awkwardly bat away questions on their involvement in the Saudi-backed LIV series on Wednesday after being requested if they might compete in a event run by Vladimir Putin. 

The breakaway tour has despatched shockwaves by way of the sport after snapping up among the sport’s prime expertise for eye-watering signing on charges forward of its inaugural occasion at St Albans on Thursday.

Many golfers have been quizzed about signing up for the competitors given Saudi Arabia’s human rights report – with the nation singled out for the homicide of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and having carried out quite a few executions.  

And forward of the official press convention, Westwood and Poulter had been each current to face the music, with journalists descending upon the occasion to quiz these involved, with one reporter asking some daring questions of each males.

The journalist requested him: ‘Is there wherever in the world you would not play? If Vladimir Putin had a event, would you play there?’

Westwood appeared completely dumbstruck and the digital camera flashes throughout to Poulter – who responded: ‘That’s simply hypothesis, I’m not even going to touch upon hypothesis.’

The reporter then doubles down: ‘Is there wherever you would not play on an ethical foundation, if the money was proper?’ 

Ian Poulter faced awkward questions over his involvement in the Saudi-backed LIV series on Wednesday

Lee Westwood was also forced to bat away the line of questioning from the reporter

Ian Poulter (L) and Lee Westwood (R) confronted awkward questions over their involvement in the Saudi-backed LIV series on Wednesday

Poulter refused to comment on speculation when asked if he would play in a tournament run by Russian president Vladimir Putin

Poulter refused to touch upon hypothesis when requested if he would play in a event run by Russian president Vladimir Putin

Poulter took a big sip of water earlier than taking a protracted pause – then hit again: ‘I needn’t answer that question.’ 

He then took his focus to Westwood and requested if he want to answer the question – stepping issues up and asking if he would play in Apartheid in South Africa. ‘You’re simply asking us to answer hypothetical questions, which we won’t answer,’ he added. 

Ther journalist defended himself, claiming they had been ‘ethical questions’. 

Westwood similarly decline to answer 'hypothetical questions' when asked if he would play a golf tournament in apartheid-run South Africa

Westwood equally decline to answer ‘hypothetical questions’ when requested if he would play a golf event in apartheid-run South Africa

Other large names who’ve joined the series are Dustin Johnson, with the two-time main winner resigning from the PGA Tour in the method. Other prime names resembling Phil Mickelson and Graeme McDowell have additionally defected. 

Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed and Rickie Fowler are reportedly additionally near becoming a member of, based on the Telegraph.

DeChambeau’s inclusion can be most shocking given he distanced himself from the series final week.

The 28-year-old stated: ‘For me, I personally do not assume that at this level in time I’m in a spot in my career the place I can danger issues like that.

Golfing stars like Bryson DeChambeau are expected to link up with the controversial series

Golfing stars like Bryson DeChambeau are anticipated to hyperlink up with the controversial series

‘I’m loyal to my household that I’ve created round me with sponsors and every part. And as of proper now, the golf world might be going to vary in some capability.

‘I do not know what that’s. Not my job to take action. I’m simply going to maintain taking part in skilled golf and get pleasure from it wherever it takes me, play with one of the best gamers in the world. 

‘That’s actually all I’ve bought, that is what I’ll do for the remainder of my life, as a result of I wish to be probably the greatest gamers in the world.’

Phil Mickelson has additionally signed up – regardless of calling Saudis ‘scary motherf***ers’, however refused to verify whether or not he had been banned from the PGA Tour.

The six-time main champion stated: ‘I’ve been part of the tour for over 30 years and I’ve had quite a lot of unimaginable recollections and experiences, tournaments that I’ve gained and lost.

Phil Mickelson has linked up with the tour despite calling Saudis 'scary motherf***ers'

Phil Mickelson has linked up with the tour regardless of calling Saudis ‘scary motherf***ers’ 

‘I’ve gained loads, obtained loads and I’m grateful for every part the tour has executed for me. I’ve additionally labored exhausting to contribute and build and add worth to the tour in my time there.

‘I labored exhausting to get a lifetime exemption. I do not wish to give that up. I do not really feel I ought to should. I do not know what is going on to occur. I’ve earned that and I do not plan on simply giving it up.

‘I’ve actually loved my time on the PGA Tour. I’m had some unimaginable experiences, nice recollections and I’ve quite a lot of sturdy opinions that it ought to and could possibly be loads higher. 

‘One mistake I’ve made is voicing them publicly. I’ll make an effort to maintain these conversations behind closed doorways shifting ahead.’

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