LIV Golf players fined and banned from Scottish Open

The European golf tour has hit back at its LIV defectors.

The DP World Tour on Friday fined members £100,000 ($105,000) for participating in the Saudi-backed league’s inaugural event and banned them from participating in three upcoming events co -sanctioned with the PGA: Scottish Open, Barbasol Championship and Barracuda Championship.

Liv Golf players include Sergio Garcia, Graeme McDowell, Martin Kaymer, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Richard Bland.

“Every action someone takes in life has a consequence and that’s no different in professional sport, especially if a person chooses to break the rules,” said DP World Tour CEO Keith Pelley, by Golf.com. “That’s what happened here with many of our members.

“Many members I have spoken to in recent 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 past half a century and which will also be the foundation on which we will build for the next 50 years.

Sergio Garcia is one of the LIV Golf players who will not be allowed to play on the DP World Tour.
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“Their actions are not fair to the majority of our members and undermine the Tour, which is why we are taking the action we announced today.”

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan revoked Tour membership for golfers who competed on the Saudi-backed LIV Tour as soon as the first ball was hit in London, but it didn’t seem like dissuade more players from defecting.

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Brooks Koepka has become the latest star to join the league, which has also poached Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Patrick Reed.

LIV Golf will host its next event at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Oregon from June 30 through July 2. The Scottish Open is set to start on July 7 at the Renaissance Club.

Michael C. Ford