LIV Golf players call on DP World Tour to waive fines and bans for co-sanctioned Scottish Open and PGA Tour events

The trials have almost started. As LIV Golf’s second Portland event kicks off, the ripple effects of its very existence will be felt around the world. Perhaps nowhere will they be felt more intensely than in Scotland over the next two weeks when The Open and Scottish Open take place.

LIV golfers who haven’t resigned from their PGA Tour membership have been suspended to play on the PGA Tour. Those who are members of the DP World Tour have also been banned by the DP World Tour to play in the Scottish Open, the Barbasol Championship and the Barracuda Championship. All three events are co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour. The players were also fined £100,000.

A group of 16 LIV players who are also members of the DP World Tour – including Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter – have sent a letter to the DP World Tour asking them to reverse their fines and bans for the Scottish Open (and other events), according to the telegraph. The group has taken legal action if the DP World Tour refuses to do so:

A letter, which was signed by 16 of the competitors at this week’s LIV Golf Invitational in Portland, who will be fined for attending the event, and sent to DP World Tour General Manager Keith Pelley and other board members, called for negotiations to align the rebel series with the existing two traditional tours, or face the risk of future lawsuits.

It said: “In Mr. Pelley’s latest communication, he uses the statement that every action in life has a consequence. We agree and fear that the actions of the Tour against us, LIV Golf and golf in general take a toll on the DP World Tour, a tour and organization that, despite our recent interactions, is close to our hearts.

“The intention of this letter is not to further divide us, but to respond to statements from the Tour and ask questions that the Tour should answer and that we should discuss in detail. Instead of spending our time, our energy , our financial resources and to focus on appeals, injunctions and lawsuits, we implore you, the guardians of the DP World Tour, to reconsider your recent penalties and sanctions, and focus our energies on charting a course that is better for members. of the DP World Tour and the game of golf.

“To that end, we ask that you rescind your fines and suspensions by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 1, 2022. Additionally, we represent over 5% of DP World Tour members and, under its statutes, we ask that you call a meeting of Tour members to discuss these important issues further, or you will leave us no choice but to employ the various other means and methods available to us to right these wrongs.

LIV golfers were able to participate in the BMW International Open last week, meaning the only tournaments they have so far been banned from are events co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour. It makes sense that the DP World Tour would follow the lead of the PGA Tour given that it admitted this week that it is, more or less, a feeder tour in the PGA Tour at this point.

It remains unclear whether golfers – including Poulter, Westwood and Sergio Garcia – who often play on the DP World Tour will be permitted to play at future events which are not co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour. The first of these, the Cazoo Classic, will take place July 21-24 in Southport, England.

Michael C. Ford