(Washington, DC) — PGA Tour executives are defending the company’s planned merger with Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf. While testifying before a Senate subcommittee, PGA Tour COO Ron Price said the agreement was made to protect the PGA. He argued ongoing litigation with LIV Golf was undermining the growth of the sport of Golf and threatening the PGA’s very survival. He said the merger would maintain the PGA Tour’s structure and end divisive litigation battles. The merger was announced last month, sparking backlash due to Saudi Arabia’s human rights record. The DOJ Is investigating the agreement.