Charl Schwartzel wins £3.2million in first LIV Tour event amid fury over US golfers’ ‘betrayal’ of 9/11 victims

CHARL SCHWARZEL won the biggest prize in golf history when he won the inaugural LIV Tour event.

But US rebel stars Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson have been accused of “betraying” the victims of 9/11 and all other Americans by allying themselves with their new Saudi paymasters.

Charl Schwartzel won the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational - the biggest prize in the history of the sport

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Charl Schwartzel won the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational – the biggest prize in the history of the sportPhoto credit: Reuters
Hennie du Plessis and Branden Grace alongside Schwarzel

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Hennie du Plessis and Branden Grace alongside SchwarzelPhoto credit: Getty
Schwarzel won £3.2million for the first LIV Tour event

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Schwarzel won £3.2million for the first LIV Tour eventPhoto credit: Getty

Schwarzel, three clean-shooting overnight, held off fellow South African Hennie Du Plessis with a final round of 72 to win with just one shot at the Centurion Club and the £3.2million winning check.

The world No. 126 also took a £608,000 share of the team prize.

It came as 2018 Masters champions Patrick Reed and Pat Perez were unveiled as the newest recruits to the Breakaway Tour.

But Schwarzel’s victory was overshadowed by a brutal attack on the big five US stars who signed up for the LIV Tour by 911familiesunited.org, a coalition of families and survivors of the 2001 attacks.

About 15 of the 19 September 11 terrorists who killed 2,977 innocent victims were Saudi nationals.

And in a letter to agents of Mickelson, Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Reed and Kevin Na, the organization’s chairman Terry Strada said, “You are all Americans who are acutely aware of the death and destruction of 9/11.

“Whether it was the appeal for millions of dollars in cash or just the opportunity to pursue your professional grievances with the PGA, you sold us.

“This is not only a betrayal of us, but of all your countrymen.”

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She added: “I am committed to helping you understand the level of depravity committed by the kingdom in knowingly sending government agents here to build the support network needed for these kidnappers.

“The kingdom that has spent 20 years denying it: lying about its activities and cowardly shirking the responsibilities it bears.

“Nonetheless, these are your partners and you seem content to do business with them.

“The Saudis take great pride in using professional golf to gloss over their reputation, and they pay you to help them do that.”

Schwarzel admitted: “I never thought in my wildest dreams that we could play golf for so much money.

“This is a historic moment. It is great.”

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