Just a few hours after the ultimatum issued by 16 players from the LIV Golf Invitational Series threatening legal action against the DP World Tour, its Canadian president, Keith Bailey, responded to them with a meaningful press release.
excluded from Scottish Open Genesisone of five Rolex chain in calendar DP World Tour This season in association with PGA TourAnd with an endowment of $8 million, 16 players attended LIV Golf Invitational Series The European Tour authorities were given 24 hours (the deadline ends on Friday before 5:00 pm) to reconsider their decision (accompanied by a £100,000 fine), under pain of legal action.
A “threat” in the form of a speech was not to the taste of the head of the Canadian DP World Tour Keith Bailey. The latter, through a long official press release, assessed the situation. This has the advantage of clarity!
“ Before joining LIV Golf, players knew that there would be consequences if they chose money over competitionBailey points out. Many of them at that time understood this and agreed with it. In fact, as one player named in the letter said in a media interview earlier this year (Lee Westwood?) “If they block me, they block me!” » So it is not unreasonable that some are now surprised by the measures we have taken. »
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In this message, the players thus affirm that they care deeply about the DP World Tour. An opinion that Keith Bailey does not seem to share. ” A specific player named in the note (Ian Poulter?) Only six Rolex series events have been played in the past five years. Another, only four. I hope many of them are as excited about playing on our tour as it appears now, based on the fact that they have either quit their PGA Tour membership or, if they’re still a member, have been suspended indefinitely. »
In the same press release, Keith Bailey revealed that a player, present this week in Oregon for the second stage of the LIV Golf Invitational Series, has signed a commitment to playIrish Open at Mount Juliet Estate (June 30 – July 3).
” With this player currently working at Pumpkin Ridge (Graeme McDowell?), You can imagine that the claim in the letter that we are wrong is difficult to accept. »
Another point that does not concern Al-Kindi is the “dissidents” reference to the loyalty the DP World Tour would have given to the PGA Tour, the powerful American circuit. Before being shaken by the multiple departures of many headlines such as Dustin JohnsonAnd the Brooks KopkaAnd the Bryson DeShampoo or Patrick Reed.
” According to them, we were going to become the second knife on the PGA TourKeith Bailey protests. Nothing could be further from the truth. We had a players meeting in Ireland on Tuesday where we detailed all the many benefits of our extended relationship with the PGA Tour. (…) The DP World Tour is a dynamic, independent and global tour that will grow and secure awards over the next five years. We have great tournaments throughout the year, including a host of great national tournaments, all played in front of huge crowds, perfectly embodied in this week’s Horizon Irish Open. »
This press release ends with potential legal action brought by these same dissident players. Once again, Keith Bailey warns: I will simply remind you that our Membership Rules, which have been in place for over 30 years and accepted by all players, are there to protect all our members, and we will use them to take all necessary measures. their interests. The penalties for members who violate our rules to play at Centurion Club (9-11 June) without release are proportionate and fair, and I believe are necessary by the majority of our members. »
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