Day three of the inaugural Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf event is here, and a first winner will be crowned at the Rebel Tour. Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel has taken the lead down the stretch, ahead of compatriot and Stinger teammate Hennie Du Plessis. Dustin Johnson’s charge fell a little short but the former world No. 1 remains in contention with the winner pocketing $4million.
The final day of play comes as more players are expected to drop out of the PGA Tour. On Friday, Bryson DeChambeau was announced as the newest star for the Breakaway series, and it was followed by confirmation from the PGA Tour that rebellious players participating in this or any future LIV Golf event have been banned, effective immediately.
The overwhelming news further solidified both sides in the fight that threatens to change the sport as we know it and was welcomed by players like Rory McIlroy, who remains committed to the PGA. It came as Ian Poulter, one of the 17 golfers sanctioned by the PGA Tour, announced his intention to appeal the suspension. “It doesn’t make sense,” Poulter said. “I haven’t canceled my membership because I don’t feel like I’ve done anything wrong. I’ve been playing all over the world for 25 years. This is no different…it’s a power struggle and it’s just disappointing.” Follow all the action from the final day of the controversial tour’s opening event below: