DP World Tour Chief Executive, Keith Pelley, announced Friday that members who competed in the LIV Golf Invitational Series’ debut event outside of London will face lofty punishments.
DP World Tour Suspensions and Sanctions
These players will each be fined $123,000:
- Sergio Garcia
- Lee Westwood
- Martin Kaymer
- Ian Poulter
- Richard Bland
- Graeme McDowell
- Bernd Wiesberger
The upcoming Scottish Open, Barbasol Championship, and Barracuda Championship also suspended them.
All three events are co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour. They have already suspended players that made the jump to LIV Golf.
Brooks Koepka committed to the LIV Golf Invitational Series earlier this week. He was previously announced as part of the field for the Scottish Open.
The DP World Tour also threatened members with the possibility of “further sanctions” for continued participation with the Saudi-backed Tour.
“Many members I have spoken to in recent weeks expressed the viewpoint that those who have chosen this route have not only disrespected them and our Tour, but also the meritocratic ecosystem of professional golf that has been the bedrock of our game for the past half-century and which will also be the foundation upon which we build the next 50 years.”Keith Pelley
Pelley continued by stating:
“Their actions are not fair to the majority of our membership and undermine the Tour, which is why we are taking the action we have announced today.”Keith Pelley
The announcement from the DP World Tour comes in the midst of the BMW International Open. A “heated” meeting took place on Thursday morning, as players became aware of their sanctions, per GolfDigest.
According to a source that spoke with GolfDigest, 2019 Scottish Open Champion, Bernd Wiesberger, was upset with the decision.
Pelley also announced they will share the money raised from the fines equally in two distinct ways. First, they will add the money to prize funds for upcoming tournaments on the DP World Tour. But this only applies to the benefit of members that have complied with the rules.
Second, they will distribute money through the Tour’s Golf for Good program to deserving charitable causes in the communities that the DP World Tour plays.
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