Terrorism, big business and foreign policy — the reshaping of global golf – صحيفة الصوت

“The people I’m dealing with had nothing to do with [9/11], and if someone can find someone that unequivocally was involved with it, I’ll kill them myself.”

They are the words of PGA Tour director Jimmy Dunne, the man who reached out with an olive branch to the Saudi backers of LIV Golf to reach a peace-deal last week that will revolutionise the game globally.

A study of the timeline shows the appointment of Dunne, a private banker with three decades of mergers and acquisitions behind him, may have been appointed to the PGA Tour board last November to find a solution to a costly legal split in the sport.

Dunne’s company was based in New York’s Twin Towers. The day of the 9/11 terrorist attacks he’d left the office hoping to qualify for a golf tournament. While he was gone 66 of his co-workers died, part of the nearly 3,000 who lost their lives that day.

Last year he said he was not the right person to judge whether the Saudis should be involved in golf because not a day goes by that he is not affected by the trauma. Turns out he was the perfect man for the job.

Jimmy Dunne (left) was key in discussions with the Saudi PIF.()

“Every day the first thing I think about is that. Several times during the day I think about it. And the last thing I think about at night is that,” Dunne told the Golf Channel this past week.

“And I’m not alone in that. I would guarantee that every one of those family members has that same condition. It is just a reality of how unbelievably sad and awful that day was.

“But the reality of it is, we need to come together as a people, even our country, we have too much divisiveness.

“And at some point in time, whether it’s our view of the Japanese, or our view of the Germans, there’s a point in time where you have to say, let’s try to get to know one another, let’s try to understand, let’s try to demonstrate by example.”


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