Report: LIV Golf fines prompt MAJOR sponsor to consider future with DPWT

According to the report, the major sponsor is on a 'collision course' with the DP World Tour. 

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Sat, 13 May 2023
Report: LIV Golf fines prompt MAJOR sponsor to consider future with DPWT

Porsche is reportedly considering pulling their sponsorship from DP World Tour events after the European circuit issued fines and suspensions to a number of LIV Golf players. 

According to a report in the Guardian, it is said that the German car manufacturer is unsure of the future of the European Open in Hamburg. 

In April, just before golfers teed off at the 87th Masters, it was confirmed the DP World Tour had won their arbitration against the 'rebels' who played in LIV's first event at Centurion Club. 

The decision meant the DP World Tour could issue fines and suspensions to those competing in conflicting events without releases. 

We now know that those fines have ranged from £12,500 to £100,000. That prompted a number of resignations from Ryder Cup legends such as Ian Poulter, Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood

Henrik Stenson was the most recent player to bring an anticlimactic end to his career on the Old World circuit. 

The decision will undoubtedly affect the strength of DP World Tour fields going forward.

Keith Pelley, the chief executive, is adamant that their alliance with the PGA Tour is beneficial despite accusations of the contrary. 

Two players who had been expected to compete in Hamburg next month are Paul Casey and Martin Kaymer. 

Casey is an ambassador for Porsche whilst Kaymer has consistently supported DP World Tour events in his homeland. 

A spokesperson for Porsche told the Guardian:

"We heard about the individual sanctions of the tour against players. But as those are individual we do not know so far what this means exactly to each player and are in contact with the tour and the managements.
"The Porsche European Open is a great event. We are in discussions about the future of the event with the promoter and the tour."

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A DP World Tour spokesperson declined to comment, per the report. 

Prize funds in DP World Tour events are guaranteed through to 2035 after the circuit strengthened their ties with the PGA Tour in June. 

But some have argued the former European Tour is now a fully-fledged feeder tour as the 10 highest ranked players at the end of this season will full PGA Tour cards. 

The aforementioned Pelley has insisted all the circuit is doing is formalising a pathway that has always existed.

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