The DP World Tour will allow LIV Golf players to participate in next week’s BMW International Open in Germany, Golf Monthly has learned.
Wentworth headquarters have so far remained silent on their long-term strategy amid the threat posed by the circuit led by Greg Norman, and it looks like potential sanctions won’t be announced until after the tournament. next week in Munich.
The field is currently made up of a number of players who took part in the first LIV Golf Invitational, including Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer and Bernd Wiesberger, and it will be interesting to see if this latest decision paves the way for players like Dustin. Johnson and Phil Mickelson will add DP World Tour events to their future schedules.
Louis Oosthuizen, Pablo Larrazabal, Laurie Canter and Adrian Otaegui are also on the provisional entry list for next week’s DP World Tour leg, all of whom also competed in the inaugural LIV Golf event.
The LIV golf series has been mired in controversy over its links to Saudi Arabia amid accusations it is being used to wash away the country’s human rights record. Despite this, it was launched last week at the Centurion Club, with the PGA Tour suspending its 17 members involved and confirming that the same sanction would be imposed on golfers registering for future LIV golf tournaments.
Those who took the precautionary step of resigning from their PGA Tour membership were also suspended, removed from the FedEx Cup points list and told they could not participate in future events via sponsor invitations or any another category of exemption.
Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed and Pat Perez have since signed with LIV Golf and will feature when the tour heads to Pumpkin Ridge in Portland, USA from June 30-July 2.
The two main tours strengthened their “strategic alliance” last year to combat the threat posed and Golf Monthly also learned this week that the PGA Tour is in advanced negotiations with the DP World Tour in what could be another seismic twist in the golf power struggle.
Such a decision could spell the end of some glittering Ryder Cup careers if PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan also decides to ban players from participating in the biennial competition as a player or captain.