Family ties a poor excuse for fading players signing up to Saudi golf riches | Barry Glendenning

Rebel tour derided by Rory McIlroy starts in Hertfordshire with Dustin Johnson the biggest name confirmed

Despite being as obvious an attempt at sportswashing as one is ever likely to see, it is difficult to determine what, if anything, the much-publicised LIV Golf Series is likely to do to serve its intended purpose of presenting a more benign, warm and fuzzy image of its backers in Saudi Arabia.

Still in its embryonic stages, with the first ball not scheduled to be struck until later this week in Hertfordshire, things started badly for the Saudi rebel tour and seem to have gone downhill quicker than a bathtub full of pensioners in an episode of Last of the Summer Wine.

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