DP World Tour provides update on LIV Golf players taking part in Australian Open, PGA

Matt Jones won’t be stopped from defending his 2019 Australian Open title later this year after the DP World Tour revealed LIV Golf players had a temporary green light to play their co-sanctioned tournaments Down Under .

The DP World Tour (formerly known as the European Tour) co-sanctions both the Australian Open and the PGA Championship and there were fears that golfers, including Jones, who joined the rival Saudi-funded tour, were prevented from launching it. Both events are also organized by the PGA Tour of Australasia.

The DP World Tour had excluded Ian Poulter and 15 other players from the recent Scottish Open because they had joined the LIV Golf Invitational series. Sport Resolutions, a UK-based non-profit global referee, later granted Poulter and others a reprieve.

When contacted by Australian Golf Summary On Monday, a DP World Tour spokesperson said the call would be extended to Australian events under its umbrella: the DP World Tour.

Australians Wade Ormsby, Matt Jones, Blake Windred and Jed Morgan pictured at the LIV Golf event in Portland.

Jones won his second Australian Open title in 2019, the last time the event took place as the 2020 and 2021 editions had to be canceled due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Jones, also a two-time PGA Tour winner, told Australian Golf Digest he was pleased with the decision.

“It’s good to have some clarity because I’ve earned the right to defend my title at the Australian Open,” Jones said over the phone. “I’m looking forward to trying to win a third Stonehaven Cup in Melbourne later this year.”

Jones, along with defending Australian PGA Championship winner Jed Morgan, Wade Ormsby, Travis Smyth, Blake Windred and Kevin Yuan are the Aussies who have played at least one of LIV Golf’s first two events.

Morgan won the Australian PGA Championship at Royal Queensland Golf Club earlier this year with a record 11 strokes. In doing so, he topped the Australasian Order of Merit and earned a DP World Tour card which begins next season.

The Australian Open men’s and women’s tournaments will be played at the same time in a world first. The concurrent Opens will take place from December 1-4 at Victoria Golf Club, while Kingston Heath will also host play on the first two days.

The men’s event will headline the PGA Tour of Australasia while the women’s event will be sanctioned by the WPGA Tour of Australasia. The Australian PGA Championship is scheduled to be held the previous week at Royal Queensland in Brisbane.

Michael C. Ford