LIV Golf competitors face DP World Tour discipline: ‘Not fair for the majority’

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LIV Golf competitors who took part 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, said golfers who competed in London at the Centurion Club did not receive a release to play. Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood, Richard Bland, Martin Kaymer, Ian Poulter, Bernd Wiesberger, Sam Horsfield, Adrian Otaegui, Oliver Fisher, Graeme McDowell, Wade Ormsby and Pablo Larrazabal were the players in question. They were fined and suspended by the organization.

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Sergio Garcia plays a tee shot during the BMW International Open at Golfclub Munchen Eichenried on June 26, 2022 in Munich, Germany.
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The golfers were fined £100,000 each (equivalent to just over $122,000) and suspended for the upcoming Genesis Scottish Open, Barbasol Championship and Barracuda Championship next month.

“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,” said Keith Pelley, Managing Director of DP World Tour. said in a statement.

“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 on which we will build for the next 50 years.”

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A DP World Tour flag flies above the Slync.io Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club on January 26, 2022 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

A DP World Tour flag flies above the Slync.io Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club on January 26, 2022 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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The organization said any potential violations would result in more penalties. Fines will be added to future tournament prizes and allocated to other charitable causes.

“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,” Pelley added.

The PGA Tour recently announced an increase in prize money.

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said a price increase has been in the works since his last media rights deal in 2020, noting the threat from LIV Golf has accelerated some of those plans. He announced a simplified schedule – from January to August from 2024 – with seven tournaments worth $20 million or more and fewer spots available for his playoffs.

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan speaks during a press conference ahead of the start of the Travelers Championship, June 22, 2022, in Cromwell, Connecticut.

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan speaks during a press conference ahead of the start of the Travelers Championship, June 22, 2022, in Cromwell, Connecticut.
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The downfall would be for players who finished outside the top 70 to get cards for the following year and give them a chance to enter the top 50 – to secure places in some elite tournaments of $20 million.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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