DP World Tour DECISION: LIV Golf rebels fined and suspended

The DP World Tour has suspended players from competing in three upcoming events and each player who defied release rejections will be fined £100,000.

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Fri, 24 Jun 2022
DP World Tour DECISION: LIV GOLF rebels fine and suspended

The DP World Tour has decided on sanctions to implement on their players who competed in the first LIV Golf event at Centurion Golf Club on June 9-11.

Each player will be fined £100,000 and the money raised from the fines will be shared equally into prize funds for upcoming tournaments and through the tour's Golf for Good programme for deserving charitable causes.

Also, each player has been suspended from playing in the Genesis Scottish Open, the Barbasol Championship (July 7-10) and the Barracuda Championship (July 14-17) and they have been removed from the entry lists of these events.

"Every action anyone takes in life comes with a consequence and it is no different in professional sport, especially if a person chooses to break the rules. That is what has occurred here with several of our members," said Keith Pelley, the chief executive of the DP World Tour.

"Many members I have spoken to in recent weeks expressed the viewpoint that those who have chosen this route have not only disrespected them and our Tour, but also the meritocratic ecosystem of professional golf that has been the bedrock of our game for the past half a century and which will also be the foundation upon which we build the next 50 years.

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"Their actions are not fair to the majority of our membership and undermine the Tour, which is why we are taking the action we have announced today."

It had been previously reported that the new LIV Golf players would be banned from playing at The Renaissance Club next month and the DP World Tour confirmed this today.

This is the first significant action that the old European Tour has taken since the inception of the LIV Golf Series, commissioned by Greg Norman and bankrolled by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia.

On June 9, the PGA Tour suspended its members who defied regulations and release rejections, but since then, the silence from Pelley and the DP World Tour had been deafening. 

The likes of Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer, Louis Oosthuizen, Bernd Wiesberger and Sam Horsfield will be among the most notable names affected by these sanctions.

 

 

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