The organizers of the American circuit have excluded from its tournaments seventeen golfers participating in the first tournament in England of the New World League.
Organizer “Historical“The professional golf tournaments, the PGA Tour, have taken action against the renegade League (LIV), marking its launch, Thursday, in England, by excluding seventeen players from their tournaments, including Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson, but also Sergio Garcia, Louis Oosthuizen and Charles Schwarzl, Martin Kaymer, and Graeme McDowell.
The first balls were just beginning to fly over Centurion Club in St Albans, north London, the first of eight stops on the €200m circuit, when the ax fell. “According to the rules of the PGA Tour Championship, players who compete this week without being acquitted or no longer eligible to compete in PGA Tour events are suspended.The corpse wrote in its press release.
In a note to all golfers registered on the PGA Tour, US circuit commissioner Jay Monahan confirmed that “Golfers made their choice based on financial considerationsTo Monahan,They can’t simultaneously claim from the PGA Tour the same benefits, the same consideration, the same opportunities, and the same platform that you have. This expectation is disrespect towards you, your fans, and our partners.»
The piece of cloth is burning
LIV Golf Course organizers were quick to respond, and regretted the decision.”My revenge (which) widens the division between the circle and its members‘, in a press release.It’s annoying that the PGA Tour, an entity dedicated to creating opportunities for golfers, is also the entity that prevents golfers from playingThey added, and promised not to stop there. “She certainly isn’t the last word on this.»
The rag has been burning for months in the golf world over the creation of this Premier League. Led by Saudi Arabia and former champion Greg Norman, LIV Golf, on an exceptional budget, aligns with unprecedented giveaways on the Greens. Thus, the inaugural St Albans Championship, scheduled to span over three days, was awarded $25 million in rewards (€23 million).
The participants had requested permission from the US PGA Tour to participate, but their request was denied, on the grounds that the first LIV tournament coincided with the Canadian Open. At the moment LIV, behind its headlines, does not display a very strong table with 4 of the world’s top 50 players located in St Albans. But this may change over time, the world.”HistoricalGolf is not a united front in the face of this new competition.
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“We pride ourselves on being the most open tournament in the world and the players who got the right to compete there this year (…) will have the opportunity to do so.USGA declared, appreciatingunfair and inappropriateto expel dissident players.
The case could now go to court if one of the 17 golfers named in Commissioner Monahan’s memo, nine of whom have already waived their membership on the PGA Tour, decides to file a complaint. Especially as Monahan warned that any golfer who participates in another LIV tournament in the future will suffer the same fate. After London, five of the seven other sealed tournaments have been scheduled for the American Games.
In total, the dissident Premier League, funded by the Saudi Investment Fund, presents a series of eight tournaments around the world in a new format over three days, without a cut. For the first, which will take place at the Centurion Club in St Albans, and for the other stages, €23 million will be distributed, more than double each of the Big Four. There isn’t a single event on the American circuit that makes a lot of money.