DP World Tour chief executive Keith Pelley has attempted to address some of the complex issues that have arisen in the wake of the PGA Tour's shock decision to create a new venture with LIV Golf's Saudi backers.
It would be something of an understatement to suggest Pelley has had an interesting couple of years as the boss of the European-based circuit.
Even before LIV got off the ground Pelley is said to have met with representatives from Golf Saudi in July 2021 after they got wind of plans to create a new global tour, backed by the Public Investment Fund.
According to bunkered's Michael McEwan, this meeting was staged in Malta and LIV Golf was then known as Super League Golf.
Of course, we now know that Pelley and DP World Tour officials chose to walk away from that deal and instead strengthen their ties with the PGA Tour.
Fines, suspensions, legal battles and a bitter public war of words followed.
A number of Ryder Cup legends appeared to bring their careers with their home circuit and the biennial dust-up to an anti-climactic end.
This week's stunning deal appears to have changed things considerably in the landscape of men's professional golf.
Pelley has reportedly sent a memo to the DP World Tour membership this week stating:
DP World Tour boss Keith Pelley has insisted he has 'no regrets' over the circuit previously hosting the Saudi International.— GolfMagic (@GolfMagic) April 27, 2023
Those who resigned had until 1 May to reapply for their memberships. A reapplication is something which Pelley said would be accepted under an 'exceptional circumstance'.
Pelley wrote it would be 'difficult and highly unlikely that would happen'.
And according to SI's Bob Harig, no sooner than 24 hours after the merger was announced did the DP World Tour issue fines for several players relating to their events in Singapore, Australia and Tulsa.
A tour pro told Harig:
So, essentially, the Ryder Cup will likely look no different than before the merger was announced. The players who resigned their DP World Tour memberships are:
- Abraham Ancer
- Dean Burmester
- Richard Bland
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