PGA Tour Suspends Gamers Collaborating in Rival Golf Sequence
LONDON — The PGA Tour on Thursday stated it had suspended the 17 gamers who’ve taken half within the first occasion of the Saudi-backed LIV Golf tour, a transfer that punished the insurgent professionals but additionally appeared geared toward dissuading additional defections.
In a memo despatched to his membership, the PGA Tour’s commissioner, Jay Monahan, stated these golfers who teed off within the first LIV Golf occasion, which started Thursday outdoors London, have been “not eligible to take part” in occasions on the American-based tour or any of its affiliated excursions. He additionally vowed to use the identical suspension to any professional who joins one of many rival tour’s coming occasions.
Forward of the occasion on the Centurion Membership, the vast majority of gamers who had signed on with LIV Golf, together with Dustin Johnson, Louis Oosthuizen, Kevin Na and Sergio García, stated that they had resigned from the PGA Tour, maybe to keep away from a suspension or lifetime ban. However Monahan’s letter stated they confronted excommunication anyway.
“These gamers have made their alternative for their very own financial-based causes,” Monahan wrote to tour gamers. “However they’ll’t demand the identical PGA Tour membership advantages, issues, alternatives and platform as you. That expectation disrespects you, our followers and our companions.”
The memo didn’t clarify how it could deal sooner or later with the gamers who’ve been lured to decide to enjoying on the LIV Golf circuit or these tempted to affix them by the brand new tour’s large look charges and a format that ensures each entrant six-figure payouts at every occasion.
LIV Golf shortly issued a response that steered it could not be cowed.
“Right now’s announcement by the PGA Tour is vindictive and it deepens the divide between the Tour and its members,” its assertion stated. “It’s troubling that the Tour, a corporation devoted to creating alternatives for golfers to play the sport, is the entity blocking golfers from enjoying. This definitely isn’t the final phrase on this matter. The period of free company is starting as we’re proud to have a full subject of gamers becoming a member of us in London, and past.”
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