Rick Scott upbeat about PGA, LIV golf merger
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'We've got to build relationships where we believe people are trying to do the right thing.'

A Florida Senator has no apparent qualms about the controversial merger of the PGA Tour and LIV Golf.

On Fox News Radio’s “Brian Kilmeade Show” Wednesday, Rick Scott noted how important it was to “build relationships” with “people (who) are trying to do the right thing.”

“I just met with the Saudi Ambassador just the other day,” Scott said. “What we’ve got to do as a country is we’ve got to build relationships where we believe people are trying to do the right thing.”

Indeed, the merger will “build relationships.”

As The Associated Press reports, Yasir Al-Rumayyan, the Governor of Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, will have a seat on the PGA Tour board of directors and will chair the new partnership, in which the PGA Tour will have a majority stake.

The Saudi Public Investment fund, the AP adds, will be the “premier corporate sponsor” of the PGA Tour along with affiliated international tours.

Scott qualified his statement by saying there were things he didn’t know about the accord.

“I don’t know the details of this,” Scott said. “PGA is a Florida company and I know it’s a very well-run Florida company. I hope it’s good for everybody involved.”

But Scott ended by expressing optimism about the deal.

“Look, people love sports, it’s exciting that people want to invest in sports. So I’ll get, we’ll get more details over time. So I hope this is good for the fans. I hope it’s good for all the players. I hope it’s good for Florida.”

Some players are taking the news well, at least.

“If you’re thinking about one of the biggest sovereign wealth funds in the world, would you rather have them as a partner or an enemy? At the end of the day money talks and you’d rather have them as a partner,” said Rory McIlroy to USA TODAY.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Dont Say FLA

    June 7, 2023 at 12:55 pm

    Of course Florida GOP types are on board with the Saudi takeover of the PGA. There’s no difference between the Florida GOP’s churchy types and the Saudi churchy types. They’re the exact same bunch of jerks. The more GOPs are in power, politically or PGA, the more the USA becomes just like Saudi Arabia.

  • PeterH

    June 7, 2023 at 12:57 pm

    How much of an investment kickback are miserable Republicans receiving from Saudi Arabia?

  • Earl Pitts American

    June 7, 2023 at 1:20 pm

    News Break:
    My, Earl Pitts American’s Fan Club’s investigations into both Golf and Pickel Ball are finally complete and we have scientifically proven both Golf and Pickel ball to be predominatly closeted gay sports.
    Given the powerful scientific evidence just uncovered dont you think its time for Americans to stop obsessing over this LIV PGA stuff.
    And for God’s sake put down the stupid pickel ball racket. Sometimes I wonder whats wrong with you people.
    You are welcome America,
    Earl Pitts Anerican

    • Joe The Plumber

      June 7, 2023 at 1:47 pm

      Thanks Earl that explains a lot.
      My Doctor suggested I take up golf to get out of the house on the weekends. So Earl I walk into the pro shop to buy a set of clubs and whatever else is needed at the golf course near my home. You have to go thru the bar to enter the pro shop. I noticed there were no ladies in the bar first [red warning lite went off in my head] then Earl I noticed all the men drinking those blue cans of Bud Lite [air raid horns along with flashing red lights in my head].
      Oh the way out of there I had to stop by the restroom, two guys came out of the same stall and one of them looked to have spilled some ranch dressing on his shirt at lunch.
      Thanks again Earl I’ve determined Golf is not for me. Maybe a manly hobby of hunting or fishing would be the better.

  • WGD

    June 7, 2023 at 6:33 pm

    Big money takes precedence over moral concerns. Always. But especially with Republicans, who no longer make any secret that they regard politics as mainly about personal gain.

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