Lee Westwood makes DP World Tour vow after being banned from Senior Open

LIV Golf's Lee Westwood has vowed never to apply to rejoin the DP World Tour after he was barred from playing the Senior Open.

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Fri, 16 Jun 2023
Lee Westwood makes DP World Tour vow after being banned from Senior Open

Lee Westwood has claimed he will never rejoin the European-based DP World Tour after he was banned from the Senior Open. 

Westwood, who plays in LIV Golf events with the Majesticks side, was barred from playing in the major at Royal Porthcawl in July. 

He wasn't the only LIV player who was prevented from doing so as Richard Bland, too, has been removed and reimbursed his entrance fee. 

The reason why Westwood and Bland have been prevented from participating is because they allegedly have outstanding fines. 

Last week the golf world was rocked by the stunning agreement that was struck between the PGA Tour, DP World Tour and LIV Golf's Saudi backers. 

Like many LIV players, Westwood was gleeful in the immediate aftermath of that news. 

That deal was supposed to include all sides ending their hostilities but it appears DP World Tour chief executive Keith Pelley wants the 'rebels' to pay their outstanding fines. 

Related: Bland dismisses PGA Tour chief's claim

In April, the former European Tour won their legal battle against 12 LIV players. 

A three-strong arbitration panel heard five days of arguments from lawyers for a group of LIV players and those representing the DP World Tour in February.

The case centred around 'conflicting event' releases in order to play the inaugural LIV Golf event last June, of which Westwood participated. 

The players who were denied the releases were fined £100,000 and suspended. 

The Telegraph reported that Westwood's fines now total more than £800,000. The golfer disputes this. 

"Couple of inaccuracies," Westwood wrote on Twitter. "One being the size of the fines should I ever wish to join the DP World Tour again. Which I don't, so I don't have any outstanding fines." 

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Westwood, 50, and Bland, also the same age, both received letters from tournament organisers saying:

"The committee has considered your application and is not willing to approve it, because you have outstanding fines imposed on you for breaching its conflicting tournament regulations. You will therefore be removed from the entry list and your entry fee will be refunded with immediate effect."

Both players have until 6 July to settle their fines but it appears Westwood, a former World No. 1, will not do that. 

The R&A is the sole governing body of the Open but the Senior Open is jointly owned with the DP World Tour. 

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