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DP World Tour suspends and fines players who join LIV Golf

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The DP World Tour has announced that players who competed in the Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series have been fined and banned from upcoming events. £100,000.

Players who played the first event of the Rebel Tour at Centurion Club without an official DP World Tour release were fined £100,000.

They have also been suspended from participating in the upcoming Genesis Scottish Open and Barbasol Championship (July 7-10) and the Barracuda Championship (July 14-17).

Chief Executive Keith Pelley accused those who have joined LIV Golf of “undermining” the DP World Tour, formerly the European Tour, while underscoring the “strategic alliance” with the PGA Tour, which already has players playing in St Albans played, has blocked.

Pelley added that DP World Tour players felt “discouraged” and “disrespected” by those who played LIV Golf’s inaugural event.

European Tour players and members include Louis Oosthuizen, Sergio Garcia, Richard Bland, Sam Horsfield, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Laurie Canter, Charl Schwarzel, Martin Kaymer and Graeme McDowell, while Patrick Reed, who signed up for the second event in Portland next week, is an honorary life member.

While Pelley also revealed the Ryder Cup is not mentioned in the initial sanctions due to the 2023 Ryder Cup qualifiers yet to be announced.

“Every action someone takes in life has consequences, and it’s no different in professional sports, especially when a person chooses to break the rules,” Pelley said. “This has happened to some of our members here.

“Many members I’ve spoken to over the past few weeks have expressed the view that those who have chosen this route have not only disregarded them and our Tour, but also the performance-based ecosystem of professional golf that underpins it.” our game for the last half has been a century and will also be the foundation on which we will build for the next 50 years.

“Your actions are not fair to the majority of our members and undermine the tour, which is why we are taking the actions announced today.”

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