LIV Golf may be getting better and better with the addition of six new signings, but for its 18 players competing in next week’s BMW PGA Championship on the DP World Tour, there’s no doubt they’ll feel like outcasts.
According to a report by Telegraph golf correspondent James Corrigan (opens in a new tab)LIV Golf players including Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Kevin Na, Talor Gooch, Patrick Reed, Abraham Ancer and Jason Kokrak won’t be given the warmest welcome at the Wentworth Tournament – either before or during the tournament. ‘event.
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A letter sent to affected players reportedly read: “As FYI, you will not be required to play in the Wednesday pro-am and out of respect for our broadcasters and your fellow competitors, we kindly ask that you consider not wear LIV- golf clothes.
There had been signs before the latest twist that there was unease about LIV Golf players taking part in the showpiece DP World Tour event. For example, after winning the FedEx Cup last week, Rory McIlroy, who has long been a critic of the show, said: “It’s going to be hard to bear to go to Wentworth in a few weeks and see 18 out there.. It just doesn’t sit well with me. I feel strongly. I believe what I’m saying is the right thing, and I think when you believe what you’re saying is the right thing, you’re happy to stretch your neck over the line.
Meanwhile, US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick said it was “strange” and “disappointing” that LIV Golf players were in the field for the BMW PGA Championship. Speaking at the Tour Championship, he said: “It’s going to be strange to see some people, obviously, at Wentworth. It’s going to be a bit weird, and obviously it’s a bit disappointing. But they won their little thing .”
The presence of such a large number of LIV Golf players is partly due to an injunction that temporarily prevents the DP World Tour from suspending eligible LIV Golf players from participating in its tournaments, and partly thanks to an exemption category which allows the 60 best players in the world to take part.
With both the displeasure of some PGA Tour players and the powers that be at Wentworth headquarters appearing to object to LIV Golf players attending the event, it seems certain there will be some awkward moments when players will play for a week. Thursday.