Although well below the hard line the PGA Tour has drawn for its members who rushed for the LIV Golf series, the DP World Tour has banned players who violated its policies from participating in the Scottish Open of the month. next.
DP World Tour members will not be allowed to participate in the event, which is co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour, and will also be fined approximately $105,000. These players will also not be allowed to play in the Barbasol Championship or the Barracuda Championship, which are also co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour, but will be allowed to participate in other European Tour events like the Irish Open of the next week.
“Many members I have spoken to over the past few weeks have expressed the view that those who have chosen this path have not only disrespected them and our tour, but also the meritocratic ecosystem of professional golf. which has been the foundation of our game for the last half century and will also be the foundation on which we will build for the next 50 years,” said Keith Pelley, Managing Director of DP World Tour. “Their actions are not fair to the majority of our members and undermine the tour.”
Players impacted by Friday’s announcement include Martin Kaymer, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia, Graeme McDowell and Richard Bland.
The PGA Tour has indefinitely suspended 17 of its members for participating in the first LIV event in early June.
The DP World Tour also warned its members “that participation in one or more other conflicting tournaments without the required release may result in further sanctions”. The next LIV Golf event is scheduled for next week in Portland, Oregon.