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Players like Sergio Garcia and others who have joined LIV will be fined and banned from DP World Tour events, it has been confirmed

Players like Sergio Garcia and others who have joined LIV will be fined and banned from DP World Tour events, it has been confirmed

The DP World Tour has confirmed that players who have joined LIV will be fined and suspended from future tournaments, including the Scottish Open in July.

Players who participated in the opening event of LIV Golf at the Centurion Club from 9th to 11th June will be fined £100,000 and will be suspended from the following events: the Genesis Scottish Open and Barbasol Championship (7th-10th July) and the Barracuda Championship (July 14-17).

Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia joined the Saudi-backed separatist venture in Hertfordshire earlier this month, despite not having received clearances to do so.

The PGA Tour indefinitely banned all its members minutes after players left the Centurion Club, but the DP World Tour delayed the decision.

The DP World Tour has now also confirmed that participation in other conflicting tournaments without the necessary clearance “may incur further sanctions”.

Keith Pelley, Executive Director of the DP World Tour, said: “Every action someone takes in life has a consequence and it’s no different in professional sport, especially if a person chooses to break the rules. That’s what happened here with several of our members. .

“Many members I’ve spoken to over the past few weeks have expressed the view that those who chose this route have not only disrespected them and our Tour, but also the meritocratic professional golf ecosystem that has been the foundation of our game for the past half year. century and which will also be the foundation on which we will build the next 50 years.

“Your actions are not fair to the majority of our members and harm the Tour, which is why we are taking the measures we announced today.”

Notable names lining up at the upcoming LIV event in Portland

Player Country world ranking
Dustin Johnson USA 16
Brooks Koepka USA 19
Abraham Ancer Mexico 20
Louis Oosthuizen South Africa 23
Bryson De Chambeau USA 30
Patrick Reed USA 38
Talor Gooch USA 39
Sérgio Garcia Spain 59
Phil Mickelson USA 83
Lee Westwood England 85

‘Just a tap on the fingers’

Analysis by Sky Sports News reporter Jamie Weir:

“We were eagerly waiting to see what the DP World Tour’s response would be to the LIV rebels, the players who chose to break sanctions and play in that first LIV event.

“Now we have that and it’s important to point out that this is just a punishment for playing in the first event. They were fined £100,000. That won’t be a big deal because LIV Golf has made it clear that they will pay any fine imposed on any player, but they were also suspended from participating in three DP World Tour tournaments.

The DP World Tour sent a strong message to the LIV Golf rebels by suspending and fining players who choose to join LIV Golf.

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The DP World Tour sent a strong message to the LIV Golf rebels by suspending and fining players who choose to join LIV Golf.

The DP World Tour sent a strong message to the LIV Golf rebels by suspending and fining players who choose to join LIV Golf.

“As things stand, this is not as severe as the suspension being given to PGA Tour players, they have been suspended going forward from all PGA Tour events.

“They have been removed from the FedExCup rankings. European Tour players are still in the Race to Dubai and this statement has not yet banned them from any future DP World Tour events. It says that participation in other conflicting tournaments without the necessary clearances may incur more penalties. That ‘can’ is probably a ‘will’, I imagine.

“It’s just a tap on the fingers really at the moment for DP World Tour players and it still leaves a lot of questions unanswered: What will be the nature of the relationship between the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour going forward? about the PGA Tour to acquire a greater stake in European Tour productions and further strengthen this alliance between the two tours.

“And what does that mean for the future of the Ryder Cup? I think it’s a big question and a big concern for a lot of golf fans.

“Because right now, you need to play four DP World Tour events to be eligible for the Ryder Cup team. If you’re not playing any DP World Tour events going forward, you can be on the Ryder Cup team and what’s that? mean what is a tournament that everyone likes so much and is so fond of?

“I think there are a lot of unanswered questions from this statement.”

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Rory McIlroy says he was surprised by Brooks Koepka's decision to join the Saudi-backed LIV Invitational Series

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Rory McIlroy says he was surprised by Brooks Koepka’s decision to join the Saudi-backed LIV Invitational Series

Rory McIlroy says he was surprised by Brooks Koepka’s decision to join the Saudi-backed LIV Invitational Series

Rory McIlroy called players joining the LIV Golf Series “duplicates” for the way they handled the PGA Tour split.

Four-time big winner Brooks Koepka is the latest big-name player to leave the PGA Tour to join the controversial breakaway series, joining the likes of Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson.

Koepka pulled out of the PGA Tour’s final event, the Travelers Championship in Connecticut, which began Thursday, and will compete in the second LIV event in Portland next week. The 32-year-old’s decision comes after he appeared to indicate he would not be joining the Tour when asked ahead of the US Open last week.

Asked if he was surprised by Koepka’s decision before it was officially announced, the Northern Irishman said: “Am I surprised? Yes, because of what he said earlier.

“I think that’s why I’m surprised by a lot of these guys, because they say one thing and then do another and I don’t understand.

“I don’t know if this is for legal reasons or if they can’t – I have no idea – but it’s very dubious of them to say one thing and then do another, in public and in private.”

LIV Golf confirmed Wednesday that Koepka has joined the breakaway tour and will compete at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in Portland.

Responding to Koepka’s departure, PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said: “I am disappointed that Brooks Koepka has left and joined the LIV Golf series.

World number one Scottie Scheffler says he wouldn't trade his PGA memories for anything anytime soon in response to Brooks Koepka's entry into the LIV Invitational Series

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World number one Scottie Scheffler says he wouldn’t trade his PGA memories for anything anytime soon in response to Brooks Koepka’s entry into the LIV Invitational Series

World number one Scottie Scheffler says he wouldn’t trade his PGA memories for anything anytime soon in response to Brooks Koepka’s entry into the LIV Invitational Series

“I didn’t get a chance to talk to him about it and I’m looking forward to talking to him, but I won’t share more than that at this point.

“Every player who has left, I have great admiration and respect for the contributions they’ve made to the PGA Tour. And I think a lot of players had a hard time making that decision. [to leave].”

LIV golfers will be able to play at The Open in St Andrews

R&A has announced that golfers playing the LIV series will be able to compete in next month’s 150th Open.

The decision to allow those already qualified or exempt means that high-profile players Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson – a former Open champion – will be able to play in the final major of the year at St Andrews.

The Open confirmed that those playing in the LIV Invitational Series will be able to compete in St Andrews

The Open confirmed that those playing in the LIV Invitational Series will be able to compete in St Andrews

The R&A’s decision echoes the USGA, which last month allowed qualified LIV golfers to compete at last week’s US Open at Brookline.

Martin Slumbers, chief executive of The R&A, said: “The Open is golf’s original championship and since it was first played in 1860, the Open has been central to its ethos and unique appeal.

“Players who are either exempt or have earned a spot through qualifying for the 150th Open under the entry terms and conditions will be able to compete in the Championships in St Andrews. We are focused on hosting a world-class championship in July and truly celebrating this occasion. history for golf.

“We will invest the resources of The Open, as we always do, for the benefit of golf, which reflects our purpose to ensure the sport thrives 50 years from now.”

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