LIV golfers who competed in the first event of the Saudi-backed league earlier this month faced discipline from the DP World Tour on Friday.
The DP World Tour, part of the PGA European Tour, says it has not received releases to play for golfers competing in London at the Centurion Club. Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood, Richard Bland, Martin Kemer, Ian Poulter, Bernd Weissberger, Sam Horsefield, Adrian Otegui, Oliver Fisher, Graeme McDowell, Wade Ormsby and Pablo Larrozable are all questionable players. The company fined and suspended them.
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The golfers were fined £ 100,000 each (equivalent to just $ 122,000) and suspended for next month’s Genesis Scottish Open, Barbasol Championship and Barracuda Championship.
“Every action someone takes in life comes as a consequence and in a professional sport it is no different, especially if one person chooses to break the rules. It happened here with many of our members,” DP World Tour Chief Executive Keith Pelly said in a statement.
“Many of the members I’ve spoken to in recent weeks have not only disrespected themselves and our tour, but also disrespected the meritocratic ecosystem of professional golf that has been the foundation of our game for the past half century. The century and this will be the foundation we will build in the next 50 years.”
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The company said any potential violations could lead to further sanctions. Penalties will be added to the prize funds of the upcoming tournaments and kept for other charitable reasons.
“Their actions were not fair to most of our members and weakened the tour, so we are taking the action announced today,” Pelly added.
PGA Tour recently announced that it is raising prize money.
PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said there had been an increase in prize money since its latest media rights deal in 2020, with the threat of LIV golf accelerating some of those plans. He announced a streamlined schedule – starting January to August 2024 – with seven tournaments worth $ 20 million or more and fewer spots available in its postseason.
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Giving players outside the top 70 a chance to save cards next year and move into the top 50 – saving places in some elite $ 20 million tournaments.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.