Ryder Cup Europe Director provides update on LIV Golf players

Ryder Cup Europe Director Guy Kinnings has provided an update on the status of LIV Golf players who hope to continue playing in the biennial event.

As of now, LIV Golf’s European players have not been banned from the Ryder Cup, but there are question marks over the future of their former stalwarts.

These players include Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson, Paul Casey, Graeme McDowell and Martin Kaymer.

Newly announced Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald, who replaced Stenson, told his press conference this week that he doesn’t think the situation will be resolved “anytime soon”.

Kinnings told the media that the position “is not clear”, adding: “There are legal challenges pending, and until then the players have the right to play; and so, you know , the Ryder Cup qualifying process when it’s announced, so that’s gotta be something Luke will be working on with us.

“Then the points will run, but I suspect they will be much like they are with the PGA of America listing players mentioned but subject to eligibility. As we said, all of this will be seen in the weeks to come, and we’ll be working around whatever is necessary to help Luke in the cause as he says.”

Donald, who also revealed he had turned down an offer from LIV Golf as an announcer, said he hoped over the next few months there would be “some clarity”.

He told the media: “As you know there is a legal situation going on. I don’t think this situation is going to be resolved anytime soon. So until that is, I can’t really talk about it because there is no real answer. .

“But certainly over the next few months, hopefully we will have some clarity on this situation and we can start making decisions about it when it becomes clearer.”

Before being named captain, Donald fired on Stenson, saying he intended to honor his contract.

“I won’t do a Henrik,” he said.

Stenson had his own pop after picking up the win on his debut at LIV Golf Bedminster.

The situation is less troubled for the American captain Zach Johnson. The PGA Tour has banned and suspended LIV Rebels.

This means Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Kevin Na, Talor Gooch, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka are not eligible for Rome 2023.

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