LIV Golf Series: DP World Tour fined and banned players who participated in Centurion

Charl Schwartzel won his first LIV Golf event at the Centurion Club in Hertfordshire

The DP World Tour has banned players who took part in the LIV golf event backed by Saudi Arabia from next month’s Scottish Open and fined them £100,000.

Players also cannot play in the Barbasol Championship and the Barracuda Championship on the PGA Tour in July.

The Scottish Open is one of the most lucrative events on the DP World Tour and is used by many players as a preparation for the Open Championship that will take place the following week.

PGA Tour Suspended 17 members who played in the inaugural LIV Golf event.

Players who have joined the LIV Golf Series are allowed to play in 150th Open in St Andrews.

The DP World Tour, formerly known as the European Tour, also warned players that “participation in another conflicting tournament or tournaments without the required release could lead to further penalties”.

Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer and Graeme McDowell are the most prominent DP World players who will be affected by these sanctions.

LIV Golf’s next in a $250 million (£200 million) eight-invitation series is scheduled to be held in Portland, Oregon from June 30 to July 2.

Charles Schwarzl from South Africa Get your first LIV Golf event at Centurion Club in Hertfordshire, earning $4.75m (£3.86m).

The Scottish Open will be sanctioned jointly with the DP World Tour and the PGA Tour for the first time this year as part of a “strategic alliance” between the rings.

Returning to Al-Nahda from 7-10 July, he has attracted a high-profile field, with Scotty Schaeffler, Colin Morikawa, Justin Thomas and John Ram among those who have signed up to compete for the £6.5m prize fund.

Keith Bailey, CEO of DP World Tour, said: “Every act anyone does in life comes with a result and it’s no different in professional sport, especially if one chooses to break the rules. That’s what happened here with many of our members.

“Many members I have spoken to in recent weeks have expressed their view that those who chose this course were respected and respected not only by our Tour, but also by the merit ecosystem of professional golf.

“Their actions are unfair to the majority of our members and undermine the tour, which is why we are taking the action we announced today.”

Four-time Main Champion Brooks Koepka Become the newest player To join LIV Golf earlier this week.


BBC golf correspondent Ian Carter

DP World Tour rules prevented the circuit from being able to follow the lead of the PGA Tour by issuing an indefinite suspension.

Her only option was to ban the Rebels from the Scottish Open as well as the Barbasol and Barracuda tournaments to be held in the United States next month.

The Wentworth-based organization’s strategic alliance with the PGA Tour led to these events being jointly organized through the two tours.

The £100,000 fines may seem paltry compared to the hefty Saudi-funded entry fee that LIV recruits receive from the bigger names, but by golf standards, that’s a huge penalty.

There is also a threat of further penalties for those involved in future LIV events. The next event will be in Portland, Oregon, starting June 30, the same day as the DP World Open in Ireland.

Tour head Keith Bailey is under pressure from all sides. Its sponsors will want big names such as Garcia, Poulter and Westwood on their occasions while many of its members feel that playing opportunities are being curtailed by the strategic alliance.

Unlike PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan, Bailey has not subjected himself to questions from the media since the separatist crisis began. He will be asked about the implications for future Ryder Cups, questions to which he currently appears to have no answers.

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