LIV Golf players asked not to wear logos can skip pro-am at BMW PGA Championship
The DP World Tour has asked LIV Golf players who were due to compete in the BMW PGA Championship next month to refrain from wearing LIV logos on their clothing, according to an email sent to players by the CEO of DP World Tour, Keith Pelley, Tuesday.
In the memo, Pelley informed players that they “will not be required to attend the Wednesday Pro-Am and out of respect for our partners, our broadcasters and your fellow competitors, we kindly ask that you please consider not not wear LIV Golf-branded clothing while attending Wentworth.”
A copy of the memo was obtained by ESPN. Two LIV Golf players who plan to compete in the BMW PGA Championship, scheduled for September 8-11 at Wentworth Club in Surrey, England, have also confirmed receiving the email.
The Wall Street Journal reported on August 18 that LIV Golf’s contracts include a stipulation that its players must wear LIV Golf-branded apparel when competing on other tours.
Nearly 20 LIV Golf players, including Abraham Ancer, Kevin Na, Talor Gooch, Patrick Reed, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia, are entered on the course for the BMW PGA Championship, which has a purse of $8 million. .
Several PGA Tour players, including defending champion Billy Horschel, Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Matt Fitzpatrick and Viktor Hovland, also plan to attend the event.
After winning the Tour Championship last week at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, McIlroy said he wasn’t looking forward to seeing the PGA Tour members who defected to LIV Golf.
“I hate how it does to the game of golf,” McIlroy said. “I hate it. Really. Like, it’s going to be tough for me to go to Wentworth in a couple of weeks and see 18 of them there. It just doesn’t sit well with me.”
PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan suspended members who participated in LIV golf tournaments without posting conflicting events. Pelley suspended and fined DP World Tour players who signed with LIV Golf at three events it co-sanctions with the PGA Tour, but the punishment was temporarily blocked by a referee in England. A hearing is scheduled for February to deal with the suspensions and fines.
Fitzpatrick, who won the US Open in July, said it was going to be a tricky setting at Wentworth.
“It’s going to be strange to see some people, obviously, in Wentworth,” Fitzpatrick said. “It’s going to be a bit weird, and obviously it’s a bit disappointing. But they won their little thing (arbitration hearing).”