Genesis Scottish Open begins as LIV Golf players appeal ban

The Genesis Scottish Open will be held on Thursday July 7 and will end on Sunday July 10. Meanwhile, several LIV Golf players have had their bans lifted recently.

This is the fourth and last major tournament of the season after the Masters, the PGA Championship and the US Open. It is also the last PGA Tour event before the 150th Open Championship at St. Andrews.

“We are delighted to welcome Genesis as the title sponsor of a European Tour event for the first time,” said European Tour General Manager Keith Pelley. “Genesis has a long history of sponsorship on the PGA Tour through The Genesis Invitational, and their commitment to the Scottish Open will further enhance one of our premier events of the season.”

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Members of both circuits will play at the Scottish Open 2022 due to a changed qualification system, and the same will also apply going forward with The Open Championship. Some of the players confirmed for this year’s Scottish Open are big winners, including 2021 Open champion Collin Morikawa, Scottie Scheffler, Justin Thomas and Matt Fitzpatrick. Morikawa won the Masters, Thomas won the PGA Championship and Fitzpatrick was the US Open champion. Moreover, defending champion Min Woo Lee is eager to replicate his success at Scottish Open 2021.

Players who do not qualify for the Scottish Open or The Open Championship will compete in the Barbasol Championship at Keene Trace Golf Club and the Barracuda Championship in Nevada. Each has 50 open places for ineligible players for the larger Barbasol British Championship events which will take place on the same day as the Scottish Open, while the Barracuda Championship will take place on the same day as the Open Championship.

Ban on demonstrations

DP World Tour members who played in LIV Golf’s inaugural tournament at the Centurion Club were initially charged £100,000 as a penalty. They are also banned from this week’s event.

However, the suspensions have been temporarily lifted following a hearing, with the DP World Tour issuing a statement that Branden Grace, Justin Harding, Adrian Otaegui and Ian Poulter could play the Scottish Open at Renaissance Club. Due to their inclusion, the number of players who will participate in the Scottish Open is increased from 156 to 160 players.

All four will start in two groups as first on either side of the draw. Harding and Otaegui will first step out on Thursday at 7:15 a.m., while Poulter will be with Grace at the same time on Friday.

Poulter was not concerned about the potential backlash from other golfers appealing the ban imposed on DP World Tour players.

“I feel pretty good,” he said. “I feel like it was the right decision and I’m looking forward to the week.”

“The locker room are people I play against week in and week out, and if they object it’s up to them. I haven’t had a problem with any of the players. I’ve seen Rory (McIlroy ) this week, and I had a conversation, I saw Thomas (Bjorn), and we have a difference of opinion, but we’re still friends, which is good.

Michael C. Ford