LIV Golf players deprived of Scottish Open and fined 100,000 pounds

European Tour boss Ketih Pelley

The boss of the DP World Tour, Keith Pelley (photo), ally of the PGA Tour, officially announces this Friday a batch of sanctions to the players who took part in the LIV Golf Invitational Series. They will be banned from competing in events co-sanctioned with the US Circuit and will be fined £100,000.

The rebels who chose to enter the circuit LIV Golf of the Saudis and to side with Greg Norman can’t say they weren’t warned. Even though Keith Pelley postponed his decision as much as possible, so he was forced to align himself with his ally across the Atlantic and formalize a list of sanctions this Friday, June 24, 2022.

The Scottish Open closes in on dissidents

In a press release published at the end of the morning, the DP World Tour Explain ” that members who violated Tour rules and participated in a Golf LIV event at the Centurion Club from June 9-11, despite not having received a release to allow them to do so » have been notified of the following penalties:

They are fined 100,000 pounds sterling (116,647 euros).

They are suspended from participation in the tournaments of the Genesis Scottish Open (July 7-10), one of five Rolex Series ($8 million endowment) in the 2022 calendar, from Barbasol Championship (July 7-10) and from Barracuda Championship (July 14-17), events co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour.

The press release also specifies that participation in one or more conflicting tournaments (those on the LIV Golf schedule in conjunction with a DP World Tour event) without the required release may result in additional sanctions.

“Their actions are not right”

Every action someone takes in life has a consequence and it’s no different in professional sports.reports Keith Pelley. Especially if a person chooses to break the rules. That’s what happened here with several of our members. »

Many members I have spoken to in recent weeks have expressed the view that those who have chosen this path have not only disrespected them and our Tour, but also the meritocratic ecosystem of professional golf. which has been the foundation of our game for the last half century and will also be the foundation upon which we will build for the next 50 years. »

Their actions are not fair to the majority of our members and undermine the Tour, which is why we are taking the action we announced today. »

Ian Poulter and Sergio Garciawho had expressed the desire to participate in the Genesis Scottish Open, will therefore be deprived of this opportunity one week before 150th The Open at St Andrews.

However, even in the absence of the LIV Golf players, the field of players for the tournament, organized from July 7 to 10 at the Renaissance Golf Club, is particularly strong.

What about the 2023 Ryder Cup?

Keith Pelley will still give himself a little time to decide, particularly in view of the Ryder Cup 2023. It is also rumored that the main sponsors of the European circuit, in the forefront of which the company DP World, is not in favor of the use of a long-term suspension.

Beyond the economic considerations that would link the title sponsor of the circuit with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, DPW would not welcome being deprived of a great and beautiful exhibition due to the absence of players at high added media value.

Amputated selections

Among the Americans, the selections for the next Presidents Cup and the Ryder Cup are not going to be easy with the knockout of Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, patrick reed and Brooks Koepka. This already means that four members of the American Ryder Cup team, lost in 2018, and two of the victorious team in 2021 will, at the time of this writing, be absent from the next edition in Rome.

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