Greg Norman, the head of the controversial Saudi-backed LIV Golf tour,

faced some conservative criticism on Tuesday after he met with a group of House Republicans behind closed doors on Capitol Hill.

Norman, on a trip to Washington as part of a public-relations push to sell lawmakers about the benefits

of the PGA tour’s new rival, was also questioned during the Republican Study

Committee meeting about his league’s Saudi financing.

LIV Golf is backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) – a sovereign wealth fund chaired by Mohammed bin Salman,

the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia – and has pledged to award $250 million in total prize money.

Rep. Chip Roy, a Texas Republican, suggested that he didn’t mince words with Norman,

who told the Republican that the goal of his tour is “competition” – an assertion that Roy thought was “nonsense,”

though he said he’d be happy to sit down and talk with Norman about it further.