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Matt Cooper: The real bogey for golf is the lure of the huge pot of Saudi money, not the ethics

The participation of some of golf’s biggest names in the Saudi-backed LIV Golf event has thrown the administration of professional golf into turmoil

Graeme McDowell with LIV Golf taxis at the LIV event in London: the golfer resigned half an hour before teeing off. Picture: Getty

Graeme McDowell has been a brilliant supporter of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin. The 2010 US Open winner hasn’t just done promotional work, but has put his money where his mouth is.

In 2012, he donated $200,000 to the Children’s Medical Research Foundation specifically for the cardiac unit at Crumlin, the only ward of its kind to have a 32-county remit on the island. The Portrush-born McDowell promoted further fundraising for the charity, which ...