Saudi golf rebels banned from Scottish Open as fate of European Ryder Cup squad still unresolved


Ian Poulter – Saudi golf rebels banned from Scottish Open as fate of European Ryder Cup squad still unresolved – GETTY IMAGES

The Saudi rebels will be banned from the Scottish Open next month, but the Ryder Cup reprieve for European players contracted to the LIV Golf Series looks set to extend into the summer and possibly beyond. of the.

The much-awaited announcement of the DP World Tour – formerly the European Tour – is due on Friday and will see Ian Poulter and Sergio García banned from the $8million event which will run from July 7-10, the week before the 150th . Open Championship at St Andrews.

For the first time, the links tournament at the Renaissance Club will be co-sanctioned by the DP World Tour and the PGA Tour, after the game’s two traditional powerhouses signed a “strategic alliance” 20 months ago in response to the threatens LIV.

Still, although the PGA Tour has issued indefinite bans to its members who have signed deals with the separatist tour, the DP World Tour will continue to consider how best to respond to those who defied Keith Pelley’s orders after the Tour’s general manager denied waivers to players who requested to appear in LIV events.

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Fines will likely be imposed, but it is believed that the policy after the Scottish Open will be to take it tournament by tournament. As it is not a Ryder Cup year, Pelley and his board still have time to make a decision on the biennial dust, with concerns growing that the 95-year-old match is under threat due to the LIV bomb.

The PGA Tour bans essentially mean American heavyweights such as Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka – who Telegraph Sport exclusively revealed on Tuesday have signed a nine-figure deal with LIV – are not eligible to play for their country in both countries. Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup.

And with Phil Mickelson also on the ever-growing roster nurtured by LIV chief executive Greg Norman, that already means five members of the 2018 Ryder Cup USA squad and three from the 2021 squad will be, in state. current things, absent from next year. edition in Rome.

In a letter sent to all DP World Tour members last week, Pelley revealed he had been inundated with players asking “why are we just not following up on what the PGA Tour has done and suspending these players immediately. “.

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“While I understand the frustration, I remind you all that while we work closely with the PGA Tour, we are different organizations and therefore our rules and regulations are also different,” Pelley added.

Rumors are rife that Pelley had secret talks with LIV, with a report in an influential US magazine even stating that the Canadian was seen at the first LIV event. However, the DP World Tour quickly issued a categorical denial.

The situation is further complicated by the fact that DP World – the Tour’s title sponsors with whom Wentworth HQ signed a 10-year deal last November that could be worth up to $1 billion – has such close ties to the Tour. ‘Saudi Arabia. On Monday, the multinational port operator – ultimately owned by Dubai’s ruling royal family – signed a 30-year deal with the Saudi Ports Authority and DP World’s ties to the Kingdom run into the tens of billions.

If DP World feels its position is compromised, other sponsors, such as BMW, could also be against turning away big names at their events. García, world No. 24 Louis Oostzhuizen and two-time major champion Martin Kaymer were three of 10 rebels who played in LIV’s opener in Hertfordshire two weeks ago but were cleared to play in the BMW International Open in Munich, the Tour event which started on Thursday.

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However, the Tour transparently tried to highlight the pariah status of these pros by placing nine of the 10 in the same groups.

There will be no need for unsubtle maneuvering with the draw in East Lothians. Entries closed for the Scottish Open on Thursday and are thought to include García, who resigned from his PGA Tour membership before being banned, and Poulter, the Englishman who said he would appeal of the pronounced suspension.

Due to PGA Tour involvement – Sawgrass body brought in Genesis sponsors – Scottish sanctions from Wentworth HQ were expected, but this is still a very important decision from Wentworth HQ, if only because this is the first time the Tour has suspended players for appearing. on another round.

Will García and Co be missed by anyone other than their fans? Doubtful. The 72-hole event is expected to feature the big four defending champions – including world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler and Yorkshireman Matt Fiztaptrcik who won the US Open last week – along with eight other members of the world’s top 15. The field will consist of 72 Players from the PGA Tour and 72 from the DP World Tour.


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