DP World Tour releases statement after reports of victory against LIV Golf

The DP World Tour have released a statement after The Times claimed the European-based circuit have won their arbitration case against LIV Golf players.

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Tue, 4 Apr 2023
DP World Tour releases statement after reports of victory against LIV Golf

The DP World Tour is keeping shtum after a bombshell report from The Times claimed the old world circuit has prevailed in their arbitration case against LIV Golf League players. 

News filtered through on 4 April ahead of the 2023 Masters the European-based circuit can sanction players who participate in LIV Golf events without permission. 

The arbitration hearing was overseen by a former high court judge at Sports Resolutions UK. The hearing took place in private in February, with the likes of Lee Westwood and Patrick Reed giving evidence in person.

You can check out our guide to the full LIV / DP World Tour hearing here

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If the report is correct, it would have profound implications for this year's Ryder Cup and the landscape of professional golf.

A spokesperson from the DP World Tour did not confirm reporting from The Times. But they said: 

"Out of respect for the confidentiality of the process conducted by Sport Resolutions, we will make no comment on any aspect of the arbitration until the decision is formally announced."

This all began last June when the breakaway tour launched their inaugural series, starting at Centurion Club just outside of London. 

A number ageing European Ryder Cup stars had asked the circuit for waivers to compete. Those included the likes of Westwood, Ian Poulter, Sergio Garcia and Graeme McDowell

They were denied releases but teed it up anyway. 

No sooner had their first tee shots been hit at Centurion did the PGA Tour announce fines and suspensions - prompting an antitrust litigation in the U.S. 

It later was confirmed the DP World Tour had fined all the individuals £100,000 and suspended them for three co-sanctioned events with the PGA. 

That included the Genesis Scottish Open before the landmark Open at St. Andrews. 

Poulter took his case to Sports Resolutions UK and the fine and suspension was stayed pending the outcome of February's hearing. 

The Times are reporting that the full ruling will be published on the Sports Resolutions UK website on Thursday, where 18 LIV Golf players are competing at Augusta National. 

There is no doubt we'll have some reaction very soon. 

Stay tuned to GolfMagic for all the latest updates. 

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