Sanctions were finally announced for DP World Tour players who abandoned ship for the LIV Golf Series. According to a press release from DP World Tour. As well as tightening their playing schedules, so will their wallets, as each entrant will be fined £100,000, which the tour will add to future prize funds and distribute to charitable causes.
“Every action someone takes in life has a consequence and it’s no different in professional sport, especially if a person chooses to break the rules. That’s what happened here with several of our members,” said Keith Pelley, General Manager of the DP World Tour. “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. who 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. Their actions are not fair to the majority of our members and undermine the Tour, that is why we are taking the measures we announced today.
All three of these tournaments are co-sanctioned events between the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour, so this decision isn’t necessarily a surprise given the PGA Tour’s stance on LIV Golf. However, the DP World Tour has been decidedly slower to voice an opinion on the matter and it’s not exactly the hammer. In fact, LIV golfers Louis Oosthuizen, Pablo Larrazabal, Laurie Canter, Adrian Otaegui, Wade Ormsby, Oliver Bekker and Kaymer are all in the field for the BMW International Open this week on the DP World Tour.
Many players have moved to LIV Golf since the PGA Tour and were scheduled to play at Renaissance Club from July 7-10. Brooks Koepka was officially on the court and Bryson DeChambeau intended to add the event to his schedule in preparation for the Open. DP World Tour staples Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Richard Bland and Martin Kaymer played in the event last season and had their eyes set on doing it again in 2022.
Details of the strategic alliance between the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour were first made public in August 2021. Nearly a year later, it at least appears to be fractured. There have also been rumors of a potential purchase of the European Tour with the PGA Tour and LIV Golf Investments both considering their options.
While the DP World Tour has lined up with the PGA Tour for this trio of events, it remains to be seen if it will still stand alongside its American counterpart in the future.