The DP World Tour Bans LIV Golf Players From The Scottish Open

They have also issued £100,000 fines to the defected players
12:24, 24 Jun 2022

The DP World Tour has handed out £100,000 fines to all the players who competed in June’s inaugural LIV Golf event while also banning them from this year’s Scottish Open.

The banned players are also unable to compete in the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship and Barracuda Championship in July. The DP World Tour also confirmed that participation in further conflicting tournaments without the required release "may incur further sanctions."

Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer and Graeme McDowell are the highest-profile DP World players who will be affected by these sanctions.

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Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the DP World Tour, said: "Every action anyone takes in life comes with a consequence and it is no different in professional sport, especially if a person chooses to break the rules. That is what has occurred here with several of our members.

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

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

Northern Irish star Rory McIlroy earlier this week labelled the LIV Golf defectors as “duplicitous” for the way that they have handled their split from the PGA Tour, following American Brooks Koepka’s decision to join the Saudi-backed lineup.

The next LIV Golf event in the $250m (£200m) eight-event invitational series is scheduled to take place in Portland, Oregon from 30 June to 2 July. The Scottish Open takes place between 7-10 July at The Renaissance Club.

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